Gossamer Wings and Other Things

Rated 4.60/5 based on 5 reviews
Gossamer Wings and Other Things, is a delicately delightful book, of loving quotes, poetry and thoughts, graced with beautiful artwork and photographs to compliment each piece. More
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About Jess Elizabeth O'Connell

❤ I grew up in the countryside, a place with rolling hill, forests, woodlands, acres and acres of fields and hedgerows. I would hear the occasional dog barking or a church bell peeling in the distance.

I found such inspiration there. It fuelled my imagination! I began writing stories when I was as young as 7. My first dabble in this field was a poem, and then went on to create short stories in a school foolscap book.

The writing bug has always been with me and I love nothing more than creating something from my dreams, imagination and life experiences. I have five books published so far. It is such a joy to share my works.

New Interview coming soon!

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Review by: Rori O'Keeffe on Aug. 22, 2015 :
Originality at its best. Beautiful images and evocative imagery make this a memorable and unique book.
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Review by: Michael Phoenix on Oct. 1, 2013 :
The cover is well designed. Except for the title, it gives a only a slight idea of what to expect. I like the two hearts. One on top right. The other, a broken one bottom left.

Do a cyber "flip" through the first few pages. You have the standard Title / Copyright / Dedication pages. Next up is the Table of Contents / Intro. Jess does an excellent job keeping the 5 chapter titles to one word each. Here is where your curiosity really starts to build. A brief Preface follows with a very, very beautiful quote.

One poem I want to mention here: Crystal Spring. Jess includes a photo of lying down looking at the sky. The photo includes flowers in your vision. The photo, placed at the beginning, really helps your visualization of the words. The perspective places you at that moment.

As I am reading this book, it feels like I am reading a personal journal. In other words, if you would publish a diary / journal, Gossamer Wings and Other Things would be your template. The overall them of love and life holds true through a combination of words, photos and graphics. At one point, Jess takes us through the seasons, not at random, but progressing through each one.

The last quote is something to add to your list of words to live by.

The last 2 pages are standard: A thanks for reading and "About the Author".

Overall Review:
Rating: Excellent!
Jess takes us on a personal journey. Several poems tell us how much she loves someone. I really enjoyed the way she strayed from a more traditional format. Instead, Jess chose to take the personal side even farther by using a "journal" or "scrapbook" format. Reading Gossamer Wings and Other Things, you can easily tell she wants to remember these things forever.

The way this book is written and set up, I could easily relate personal experiences and found myself thinking about people I remembered.

Gossamer Wings and Other Things has a combination of rhyme / freeverse and photos / artwork. The way poems are written help us visualize them. Jess goes another step by including the photos / artwork to really take us there.

I have to point out a low point here. Honestly, the Table of Contents is not needed for reasons other than technical. By the third "page", I completely forgot about it. You find yourself going from one poem / thought to the next. Without thinking about what section it is supposed to relate to.

Gossamer Wings and Other Things is a very short book. Including the "standard" sections, I read it in about 20 minutes. 30 while writing parts of this review.

Overall Recommendation:
If you are looking for a short book that give you a glimpse of an author's personal side, read it! If you are looking for a book that is not traditional in wording or format, read it! If you want to take a break from the usual genres, read it! Looking for a more traditional book with expected formatting / plot / heroes / etc.? Gossamer Wings and Other Things is not what you are looking for.
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Review by: Scott A. Borgman on Aug. 19, 2013 :
An absolutely wonderful books of poetry, quotations, and pictures. A definite one to keep in the digital library! 5 stars! (in case the rating doesn't show up)
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Review by: Robert Evans, Sr on Feb. 2, 2013 :
Beautiful book. Stunning pictures coupled with beautiful poetry and quotations. The note about the contents at the start was nicely different also the note at the end was a lovely conclusion. My wife would have loved a book like this. A joy to read Highly recommended.Excellent
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Review by: Faye Hollidaye on Feb. 1, 2013 :
A cute little book. Some good poetry and artwork, though I had to sift through a little to find some that I really liked. I highly recommend for fans of poetry and art.
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