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Isabelle is a fourteen-year-old girl. She's on the run from her abusive stepfather. She hasn't told her mother about what happens when she's at work. Isabelle sees no way out anymore and badly wants to kill this mean man. When she hides beneath a willow Isabelle finds help in the most unexpected place. What will she do with the knowledge that she's gained?
Isabelle is just one of the characters you'll meet in Moments. Harmony Kent's stories are dark, but always hold a glimmer of hope and light. She addresses topics that most people have dealt with in their lives, for example negative thoughts, grief and illness, but also second chances, choices and love.
One of the poems that I felt deeply in my soul is about dementia. My grandmother is suffering from this terrible disease and this poem brought me on the verge of crying.
In My Shoes
Footprints in the dust
the traffic of life
rubbing them away
back in time
no longer present
A stranger wearing my shoes
each step erases
a little more memory
Harmony Kent has written beautiful stories and poems that made my mind go into overdrive. She encouraged me to think beyond the literal content of her stories and made me contemplate the deeper meaning of her poems. In a Letter to my Future Self she writes: 'Those that matter are the ones that love you come what may'. If you could have written a letter to you future self what is the one thing that you would've written down for sure? I loved the questions I couldn't help but constantly ask myself while I was reading Moments. Normally I'm not into short stories very much, but I loved reading Harmony Kent's collection. When I'm sending a postcard to someone I always like to personalize the card by using a fitting quote. I'm sure that I'll consult Moments on many occasions for the poems and the messages they contain.
If you like thought-provoking short stories and poems with a deeper meaning I highly recommend Moments.
About Harmony Kent
Indie Author Harmony Kent is an award winning multi-genre author. Her publications include:
The Battle for Brisingamen (Fantasy Fiction) AIA approved
The Glade (Mystery/Thriller) AIA Approved/BRAG Medallion Honouree/New Apple Literary Awards Official Selection Honours 2015
Elemental Earth (YA Fantasy Fiction)
Polish Your Prose: Essential Editing Tips for Authors (Writing/Editing) New Apple Literary Awards Top Medallist Honours 2015
Finding Katie (Women’s Fiction)
Slices of Soul (Contemporary Poetry)
Interludes (Erotic Romance short stories)
Moments (Short Stories and Poetry)
As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony also offers editing, proof reading, manuscript appraisal, and beta reading services. As well as reviewing and supporting her fellow indie authors, Harmony works hard to promote and protect high standards within the indie publishing arena. She is always on the look out for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes.
Twitter: @harmony_kent https://twitter.com/harmony_kent
(From Beneath the Willow)
The rain stung Isabelle’s split lip, or did the tears bear the brunt of that guilt? Actually, that claim settled on her stepfather’s shoulders. He’d gotten drunk again. The grit and stones that littered the concrete stabbed at her bare soles, and she winced with each step. That didn’t deter her from running, though.
When she reached the park, where she veered off onto the cool, wet grass, Isabelle breathed a sigh of relief. To savour the moment, she stood still and let her feet sink into the soothing blades of green, face turned up to the grey sky. The thunderous clouds mirrored those in her heart and mind.
If you killed someone at fourteen, did you still go to prison? A shout in the distance had her jump and run. Not far now. They never found her under there. Beneath the willow. Its branches hung down to the ground and provided a thick curtain behind which she could hide from the world and all it contained.
Although she hadn’t killed him yet, she wanted to. Isabelle still held the knife in cold, numb fingers. Still, the only blood that dripped belonged to her. Disgust forced her grip open, and the blade fell. Her mother would miss the carving knife soon. Oh well, jog on dot com—she’d missed that boat. And, at least, it had allowed her to make her escape.
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