Outskirts Press (2009)
Reviewed by for Reader Views
In as little as 132 pages, the author has packed an amazing amount of heartfelt emotional verse. From the reminiscence of a child to the wisdom of an adult, Donna has revealed her life and views of life as told in verse and prose.
Her memories begin with the tragedy of knowing she was an unwanted child born into a dysfunctional family. Her father was an alcoholic and her mother a drug abuser, making for a hellish home life. The verse is heart retching to say the least, told with vivid recollection as if it were only yesterday. Ms. Solitario is quite thorough in her descriptions of her mother and father. Comparing herself to Cinderella, she tells of being the scapegoat for the whole family. Picked on in school and at home, she finally breaks out.
"Coming Home to My Heart" has a brighter side too. The brighter side is full of wisdom and moral values. Donna speaks of praying and keeping the faith, how she turned herself over to God and entrusted him with her life. She stresses the importance of a belief in a higher power, whatever that power may be for any individual.
The author is thankful to so many people in her life and expresses it very well in such fine verse as, "Debbie (A Special Strong Woman of God)," "Dawn," "Erica," and even has a special birthday poem for her Mom and Dad. There is so much in the way of encouragement for young people in her book that it makes for good reading for young adults. With passages like "Rise Above and Succeed" where she stresses the need to keep the focus on one's self and "Believe," which tells the reader to "hold on to your dreams, never give up."
I have nothing but praise for Donna Solitario and her book "Coming Home to My Heart." It is written in a moral fashion without having to resort to graphic violence or adult content. "Coming Home to My Heart" is a wholesome and family-oriented book that will appeal to a general audience and is intended for all. I gave it an A and consider it to be one of the better books I have read so far this year.
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