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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Her Heart’s Love Story by Mr. Dwayne Aspaas - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

'Mommy, what's love?' should be a question that's easy to answer when the mother looks inside her own heart. However, when the woman asked her mother this when she was a child, she received an answer that didn't match her own idea of love. While confused, she listened to it anyway. Now that she has a daughter herself and is being asked the question, she has to find the right answer. Memories come to the surface, feelings are there once more, maybe this is a new beginning. If she knows what love is she might be able to feel it again, to have a second chance.

Her Heart's Love Story is a beautifully written life lesson in verse. Sometimes it takes a while to discover what's important in life and what the true meaning of love and happiness is. Mr. Dwayne Aspaas translates this into gorgeous simple sentences that are each equally touching and compelling. The woman's story is poignant, as she's taken the wrong advice and lost something incredibly precious, but it's also hopeful as she's still alive and has time left to make things right.

Mr. Dwayne Aspaas's true and thought-provoking words captivated me from the start. Her Heart's Love Story is a book to read over and over again. It's short and uncomplicated, which makes it possible to completely focus on the writing itself and the stunning deep message, it has everything it needs to have. The emotions are perfectly phrased and spot on. I was immediately fascinated by the impressive writing. I also loved the stunning design of the book that wonderfully matches the words. It's a real gift.


If you love verse and like beautiful phrases combined with a gorgeous thought-provoking story Her Heart's Love Story will be an excellent choice.


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Her Honest Truth ...

Guest post by Mr. Dwayne Aspaas

Sometimes a woman’s journey to herself begins with honest, even raw self-reflection. It is here, in her darkest moments, where she can find strength.

Maybe she has to say out loud what she knows to be true.

She must tell her story, say what needs to be said.

It is completely not fine.

She Is …

A working middle/upper class, college educated, married or single mom experiencing emotionally impactful life changing events.

Coming to terms with divorce/separation/co-parenting, being terminally single, the loss of loved one, infertility, unplanned career change, an empty nest, parents aging, etc. The list just goes on and on …

About Her ...

She is more spiritual than religious. If she has children she wonders how that will impact them.

She worries about getting older (and retirement) but not until 4am when she can’t sleep. She’s too busy any other time. This is happening more and more.

She doesn’t prioritize herself, almost always putting the needs of others before hers. Sometimes this really pisses her off … and she usually takes it out on those closest to her.

As she is getting older (and not prioritizing herself more and more) it’s starting to jade her.

She’s starting to carry who “she’s become” as a badge of honor. She’s becoming more judgmental of other women ... even ruthless with her thoughts (and lately her words).

She finds herself looking for opportunities to compare her insides/outsides (how she feels about/sees herself) to other (mostly younger and beautiful) women’s outsides.

She’s watching herself become a disgruntled bitchy martyr. She hates this about herself. But sometimes it feels so good to blame others (instead of herself).

She desperately wants to take action on these thoughts (or at least feel better about herself) but can’t find the time. Or the energy.

It’s completely not fine …

She Wants …

Even the smallest relief from (and maybe some answers to) her ongoing emotional angst, constant feelings of overwhelmed-ness, and growing anger.

But ... it can’t take too long because she’s already late. This thought makes her laugh through the tears.

With each spoken word her redemption begins. Here she finds awareness, acceptance, even love.

In this space she finds the strength to take action. Strength she has always had.


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of Her Heart’s Love Story by Mr. Dwayne Aspaas.

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  1. Her Heart's Love Story sounds like an unique, touching and engaging story about the journey through the very different and beautiful stages of a woman's life.

  2. I loved the guest post. Thank you Mr. Dwayne Aspaas, it was awesome.

  3. A great story, and one I could easily relate to in a lot of ways! xx

  4. I enjoy stories that make me think.

  5. I'm interested, sounds great! And the cover is just stunning.

  6. This looks like the perfect book for taking on holiday ♡

  7. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  8. As a poet myself, I love seeing the innovation of others. In Dwayne Aspaas’ collection entitled Her Heart’s Love Story, Aspaas journeys the reader through generations of love, heartbreak, and redemption. The apple does not fall from the tree as often as we’d like. Yet, Aspaas acknowledges these nuances that create change and thus a positive progression forward for future generations. He leaves us with hope that despite out parents’ teachings of love that we can, perhaps, evolve into a new cycle, rather than be doomed to repeat the past. I truly drank in this book.

    “What she wanted.../Was a different now...” Aspaas utilizes ellipsis to allow each reader their own ability to fill in what’s implied. Rather than state a specific characterization with firm circumstances, Aspaas allows each reader to imagine his or her own interpretations and imaginings. This process of negation reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock’s thrillers that imply rather than show all. Our imaginations are far more haunting.

    Another dominant technique is that of repetition of key images. “Her mother stood... checked her hair.../And left...” as well as “Born true...he sat quiet.../Chin up... shoulders back...” both nod to gender norms, while at the same time, in both descriptions, Aspaas creates His figures to seek a sense of dignity in wearing masks that imply the depth of trauma and pain underneath. We all put our best foot forward and can universally relate to the repetition as we all repeat our idiosyncrasies.

    This poetry book is sure to provoke questioning of your own upbringing and, as on page 49, we see small changes to our history so that we are no longer doomed to repeat the past.

    Bravo to Mr Aspaas! I loved this journey.