If you love poetry, you’ll probably love this book, because it is about a couple of poets and it’s full of lovely little snippets of poetry by great poets. At first, I wished that it had been written in a more immediate style, something that would have grabbed me up front, but this isn’t the kind of writing that throws you into the action, instead it is a contemplative leisurely style, that gradually sweeps over you and holds you in it’s thrall.
A Winged Thing and Holy has a character driven plot that follows the passion of Ginny, a travel agent, and Jonathan, a retired man who spends his time cooking for his wife and writing poetry. It is a romance, but not the usual kind in that it does not have the expected kind of ending, nor steamy sex scenes. It begins with Ginny’s infatuation with Jonathon, the experienced poet in her poetry writing group. She feels like a beginner in comparison to him, and indeed she is, but she has the sentiments and perception of a poet. The right kind of words are inside her and they spill out, just not yet in a form that is fine enough to compare.
The story follows the development of their relationship from a simple infatuation to Ginny’s growth beyond Jonathan as a poet and a surprising end. It’s very much Ginny’s story and her character development is excellent. I quickly came to care deeply for her. I also appreciated the way Ginny didn’t allow herself to end up stuck in a relationship with no future. It’s refreshing to read a romance about a mature woman.
The author is a fine writer with a mesmerizing way with words. Although, overall I found the writing a little passive, nevertheless, it worked as it was, and the strength of the story is primarily in Ginny’s perceptions of her world.
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