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Well, they can and they do; some of these poems show an extraordinary c Rating: Well, they can and they do; some of these poems show an extraordinary comprehension of how society was changing as the war progressed. While some of the poems are from a definite female viewpoint, many you would not recognize the gender of the author.

I would also like the acknowledge the wonderful preface in this book by Judith Kazantzis who really is able to express in words some of the feelings I had when I read the poems. One of these themes was the idea that the authors could not express doubts about the aims and goals of the war without questioning the sacrifice of the millions of soldiers who had been killed.

Do yourself a favour; read this book. It won't take long. Jul 25, Jordana Diengdoh rated it really liked it. And made him of her tears a glimmering shroud", "He went for a soldier" by Ruth Comfort Mitchell " They've said brave words, or tried to make a joke" These are just a few quotes of such agony and pain profoundly expressed and penned down for posterity Their yesterday for our today The style of poetry - or my appreciation of it - has inevitably changed. While the sentiments of some were lost amid the flowery prose, others, the simpler ones, read as fresh and impactful and relevant for war today.

The ordering of the poems, - alphabetically by writer - seemed a little careless; night have been better themed, but reading them en masse they certainly sadden one.. Feb 27, Cleo Harper rated it really liked it Shelves: I like war poetry as much as the next person, but this collection is put together extremely well, and highlights the experience of a woman on the home front during WWI, in all aspects of life. Feb 10, Judith Rich rated it liked it Shelves: Anthology of women's verse from WW1, an area usually overlooked. I've given this 3 stars because the poems are so variable in quality.

It was interesting to find authors I don't necessarily associate with either poetry or WW1 in here, such as Mary Webb and E Nesbit, alongside women you might expect to find, such as Vera Brittain. I'm somewhat embarrassed that Jessie Pope, the "Jingo Woman" poet, who wrote dreadful verse "encouraging" to put it mildly boys to join up, was from my home town! But what of the women? Those left behind, worrying, working, struggling.. There is grace and charm and forgiveness and charity..

Cicely Hamilton's "Non-Combatant" is an angry cry of feminist rage, which reads closer to a Patti Smith lyric than a war poet. Like war itself, all of humanity lives here, and dies slowly in the pages.

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These poems were written from the heart- wives and mothers, widows and sisters of the dead servicemen or M. Some hurt you inside You can feel their sadness. Some are filled with false hope. Each is written by a broken woman. My favourite was 'Love' by May Wedderburn Cannan page It was so powerful and summed up the sense of lost they all felt in losing sons, husbands, fathers or lovers.

Great to have a collection of First World War poetry by women. The poems cover the range of women's wartime experiences and their responses to them. Although, perhaps inevitably, there are few working-class authors, some poets, like Winifred Letts, give voice to ordinary women and men.

The preface, introduction and biographical notes all add to your understanding of the poetry. There are some flashes of anger but, overall, I was left with a sense of the profound sadness felt by the women. Apr 22, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: Although I think that women's literature of the first world war is often under-acknowledged, the quality of the poetry in this anthology is pretty variable.

Although it is interesting from a historical point of view to look at fenale expressions of the war, it mostly doesn't match up to the outstanding and painful quality of the most frequently-anthologised men's poetry. Along with Testament of Youth this has to be the saddest collection of writings - the Great War - so much carnage - so much loss and longing - so many wounded both those who fought and those who were at home. Scars gives an insight into the tragedy of women's lives post war those who had lost sons, brothers and lovers.

Some of these poems will make you want to weep I'm glad there's a collection of women's poetry from WWI. There are some great poems here and some not-so-good ones, but the collection does give a broad view of what women were doing and thinking during the war.

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Jun 25, Clare rated it it was amazing. A beautiful collection of women's poetry from World War One which is definitely well worth a read. Never had I imagined that there was poetry this intricate written by women during the war.

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I am so glad that Catherine Reilly compiled this anthology together: Jun 07, Pippa rated it it was amazing Shelves: A book that looks at women's poetry in wartime. As granddaughter of Effie M Roberts I am very conscious of how women get left out of the war anthologies. Some fine poetry here. Antonella rated it it was amazing May 17, Shahad rated it it was amazing Jul 25, Rheea rated it really liked it Feb 14, Doug Walters rated it it was amazing Dec 26, Charlotte Katie rated it really liked it Oct 22, Sophie rated it it was amazing Dec 27, Lis rated it it was amazing Mar 16, Ellie Rose McKee rated it liked it Nov 28, Lena Michie rated it liked it Jan 13, Lisa Hagan rated it really liked it Aug 07, Sarah rated it really liked it Jun 27, Pauline Smitz rated it really liked it Jun 25, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

She collected the poetry of female poets and published it in two anthologies - Scars Upon My Heart: Reilly was born in Stretford, Lancashire and won a scholarship to a Roman Catholic grammar school. The school was evacuated in She left school at the age of 15 and was employed for most of her working life in the public libraries of Manchester. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Spain, Lady Vevina Joyce and her brother Will are forced to flee Ireland after being falsely accused of treason. On the road with Wellington's army, they meet an unexpected ally in the enigmatic Major Stewart Fitzgerald. Side by side they fight with their new-found comrades in some of the hardest battles of the Napoleonic Wars. Even when her fortunes seem to be improving, a series of seemingly random suspicious events begins to look like a pattern to Vevina. Soon she uncovers a plot so evil that all she loves is put in jeopardy, engineered by the person responsible for her family's disgrace.

Vevina is forced to question the very foundation on which her new life has been built. Is Stewart really all that he seems? Appearances can be deceiving… Stewart was in love once before back home in Ireland, but the bitter sting of betrayal was more than he could bear. To love is to risk everything; he can't be sure Vevina is worth the gamble. For despite her seeming patriotism, she has been labeled a traitor. Does he dare everything for love? Vevina must clear her name, protect those she loves and stop Napoleon's Army from taking over the whole of Europe. She is willing to risk everything to stem the tide of the French quest for power and win the love of the man who has come to mean more to her than life itself.

An excerpt from the novel: Once inside, Vevina removed her blouse with her back to Stewart, while he brought the bowl of arnica. The warm fingers applied the soothing cream gently and Vevina let out a sigh of relief and contentment. How is you nose now? Without thinking, she turned to face him. The sight of her magnificent breasts was almost more than Stewart could bear. Her gaze flicked over his face and she understood the raw desire in his expression.

Though she blushed, she stretched up to reach his mouth. Go slowly, his mind told him, but his hands came up to cup her feminine fullness, and she gasped. Stewart took advantage of her opened mouth to plunder the honey-soft cavern with his tongue. Vevina found herself clinging to him with an abandon she had never thought possible in herself.

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Sensation flooded through Vevina, and she held his head to her while he teased the silky crest. Her legs began to shake, and Stewart knelt down, bringing her onto the floor with him, while he moved to taste her other breast. Her hands caressed his shoulders and chest longingly, bringing him closer to her…. So THIS was what it was like to be made love to by a man, she thought in amazement. But she also knew it was more than mere physical desire. Her whole universe was becoming centered around Stewart, and it was at once both completely fulfilling and dangerous.

Stewart raised his head to look straight into her eyes. Spain and Portugal, Peninsular War, Genre: Sensual Book 2-The Scarred Heart. Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.


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I couldn't get into this book at all. The heroine is a young woman whose family has lost everything and is in disgrace. She was forced into a marriage, but her brother managed to get her away before the marriage could be consummated. The brother enlists in the army and the pair wind up in Spain. There she first poses as a boy but for some reason decides to pretend to be her brother's wife. When she is attacked and nearly raped, she is saved by her husband's brother -- who bares a strong resemblance to him.

This is where it really began to unwind for me. She is recuperating in the hero's tent, half dressed, and pretending to be married -- and yet she invites the hero into the bed. She snuggles with him, all in the pretence of the weather being cold. He can't seem to keep his hands off of her, but keeps reminding himself she is married. She hunts, skins and cleans game. That is when she isn't cooking, cleaning and killing off the enemy. The story stretched the believable too far for me. The characters just weren't the sort I could connect with, but that doesn't mean others would not.

So I give it a so-so rating. There are typos but if the story is decent I can overlook that.

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Perhaps this one was just not for me. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. I really enjoyed this book. I like historical fiction, but this book was fast moving and had a great story. There was a lot of action and suspense in addition to romance. The characters were all very interesting and the adventures kept the story moving at a fast pace.

While I love the story and the characters, I found this book to be challenging to read. It isn't just typos, although they are numerous and quite obvious, there are many instances where the entire meaning of a sentence is in question. I often felt as though I was reading something typed by someone with English as a second, if not third, language. It is a shame to lose the beauty of the writing because proofreading was obviously omitted. If there are any openings for this type of work, as I read rapidly and well, please let me know.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! So much went on in this book. Grammatical errors were maxed out. Spelling was atrocious and this author wrote in both language of old and used some sayings from today.