Latest review – Where the Sun Rises…

Louise Andrews Jan 01, 2021 – Goodreads

Louise Andrews – really liked it

I received this book in return for a review and I’m so glad I chose it. I knew little about the Kurdish women fighting in Syria against Daesh and found it educational and heartbreaking. I’d have liked it to be even longer to understand a little more about the characters lives before they went to war. The thought of having a war zone literally on the doorstep and fighting with your school friends is something I can barely imagine. I read it one day as it was so interesting but I’d have liked even more!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Hello everyone,

This is a bit late but it has been an unusual year for everyone. Within this year the whole world stood still and united with one common purpose, to survive a deadly virus. This was anxiety producing but also was strangely comforting in that we were all experiencing it, wealthy and poor, rich countries and undeveloped countries, it was a leveler.

My brother has become deathly ill this year, and he was separated over a border within my country. This was extremely difficult, but we did visit him a number of times, there have been hospital visits and stressful moments of near death. I know many people have lost loved ones with this virus so I know there are many people going through unimaginable loss. I lost my other brother ten years ago to alcoholism, but it was a long struggle which stretched over a decade of trying to help him and doing all I could.

So, this year has had many challenges. I have a spiritual belief, so this keeps me grounded and I know everything happens for a Divine reason and I believe there is a loving God. At the end of this year I reflect on the good and the bad that occurred this year. I learnt a lot about myself, about what I really valued, about my creativity, about people in my life that were both positive and negative, about what to hang onto and what to let go of, about what was really important and I learnt to speak up a bit more.

Even though this year has been hard we have still learnt a lot about ourselves, we have bonded together at times, we have seen acts of kindness and hopefully we have learnt to look after others as well as ourselves.

I look forward to a New Year, which we should also know and accept is not certain in anyway, but it is certain that the people in our lives that love, appreciate, and listen to us, these are the precious people we need to value and love in return.

Thanks for reading. 🙂 I wish you a lovely New Year and I hope you had a beautiful Christmas as well. God bless. Suz

New reviews – Where the Sun Rises…

Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars 

Heart-wrenching story about a town in the midst of war

Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2020

Where The Sun Rises, by Suzanne Strong, tells the heart-wrenching story of a town ravaged by war. People are dying, buildings are blown up. From one minute to the next, one wonders whether their home or even worse be taken from them. It paints a vivid picture of what living in a town driven by war looks like and how difficult life must be. Karin and Roza, or Kar and Rozi, as they are affectionately called grew up together. Both families now live in the dangerous town of Kobane. As the Daesh (AKA ISIS) advance rapidly towards the city of Kobane and it’s inhabitants, difficult choices have to be made. Should they join the fight? Should they stay and protect what they have left?

Due to circumstances they both experienced, Karin and Roza decide to join the YPG and fight in the battle for their hometown. The YPG is growing in numbers with more women fighting for their town and their freedom and it feels like their duty to join these women. Not only is it their responsibility it is their right. Karin and Roza, as well as some other friends, deal with too much in this journey.

Where The Sun Rises in this reader’s opinion, is a wonderfully told story of life and loss. This book played with my emotions more than once. I am left realizing how strong and brave these women are to fight for what they love and for what they believe in. If you enjoy stories of courage and perseverance, you will like this book.”


Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars 

Great Read

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2020

“Suzanne Strong has written a very powerful book that will tug at your heart. This is a story about the brave women who fought against the Daesh to save their town. An Eye-opener and a tearjerker to the way they sacrificed themselves for their comrades. This is a book that you won’t want to put down until you finish it.”


Jennifer Aish

5.0 out of 5 stars 

Gritty and true to life

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 September 2020

“A very powerful story and I read it in one go as I found it difficult to put down. The author brings the characters to life in such a descriptive way that you feel you are there along side them. If you want a true to life book then this is a must and I urge everyone to read it. It was a real eye opener.”

You can buy my book on Book Depository, Barnes and Noble, Booktopia, Angus and Robertson and others. You can also contact me as well.

Have a great day. Kind regards, Suzanne

Wordsworth…

Hey everyone,

I love #Wordsworth, this poem expresses the peace of connecting with nature or the creation.

We are meant to be connected to it, we are part of it-snorkelling last week, floating with the fish and turtles, peacefully with the soft cool of the water around me, cradling me, I was part of their world, and they accepted me there.

It was and is truly beautiful! 🙏 Beauty & truth were the central beliefs of the romantic poets. We all need to embrace positivity and hope in this time. #hope #nature #creation #daffodils

Kind regards, Suz

Charles Dickens

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

Charles Dickens.

 

Hey guys,

I love this quote. I believe to give your life to help others, is the ultimate purpose and no matter what we do in our jobs etc, wherever you find yourself, serving others is so important in this world.

Have a nice weekend. Stay safe.

Kind regards, Suz

Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young…”

“May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
May you stay forever young

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the light surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
May you stay forever young

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
And may you stay forever young
May you stay forever young

How good is this song? It was written for his children, but I think it is an excellent summary of the kind of life I would and probably most of us would like to live. 🙂 I hope you are having a great day. 🙂

Kind regards, Suz