‘Flashes of Life’ a gem of a book! It is a wonderful original twist on short stories as within Pamela’s latest book all the stories are beautifully portrayed vignettes based on her own life and experiences!
Her writing sparkles as she reflects upon her childhood, her family, friends, work and her beloved partner. Her zest for life permeates through the pages and her sense of humour, her warmth, kindness and generosity shine through.
Every single story is captivating; I laughed out loud whilst reading some, others had me reaching for tissues. The author’s tenderness and innate wisdom touched my heart and within many of the stories, I recognised myself during various phases of my life. As she hopes in the introduction her smiles have indeed become mine.
Thank you, Pamela, for helping me to see my own life with a philosophical eye, letting my thoughts dwell upon my own guideposts, and finally, for introducing me to ‘fluffing my aura’ — how have I managed so far without this in my life!
Finally, it was a privelege to be asked to write an author endorsement for ‘Flashes of Life’ which is one of four on the back of the book! Another first in my life as a writer!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Available: Amazon US Amazon UK
Publisher: Borgo Design
About Pamela S. Wight
Pamela Wight is a successful author of romantic suspense novels, THE RIGHT WRONG MAN and TWIN DESIRES; two illustrated children’s book, BIRDS OF PARADISE and MOLLY FINDS HER PURR; and a “flash” memoir, FLASHES OF LIFE.
Pamela earned her Master’s in English from Drew University, continued with postgraduate work at UC Berkeley in publishing, and teaches creative writing classes in Boston and San Francisco.
She lives in the Boston area with her “right man” and hikes the New England trails while concocting her stories. Wight travels frequently to the San Francisco Bay area for additional inspiration. She speaks to book clubs, schools, and libraries in both locations.
Read more about Pamela Wight, her books and writings on her wonderful blog Roughwighting. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest
108 thoughts on “FLASHES OF LIFE: A BOOK REVIEW”
I really liked Pam’s book. Fun to read, touching on many things I could easily relate to.
Anneli, exactly! There is so much one can relate to even if certain events in one’s life are slightly different, the emotional reaction is identical! So glad you enjoyed this very special book as well.
It’s a lovely review, Annika. I agree completely about Pam and this book. Thanks for posting this. Hugs to you both.
Thank you so much, Teagan and it’s wonderful you’ve enjoyed Pam’s book as well! A joy to share here! Hugs back to you and wishing you a lovely start to October! xx
Thats great ❤❤😘
Thank you, Dilranga! Glad you enjoyed learning about ‘Flashes of Life’!
I love Pam’s writing. I must catch up on this one.
Norah, I’m sure you will love this book of hers as well! 😀
I think so too. 🙂
Hi Norah. THANKS. You’re such a great supporter of my children’s books. Knowing our similarities in “life,” I think you’ll appreciate my flashes too. 🙂 xo
I’m sure I will, Pam. 🙂
The book sounds lovely! And ‘fluffing my aura’–haha! Great expression! 🙂
Betsy, it’s the best, isn’t it! 😀 Here’s to ‘fluffing one’s aura! It’s a gem of a book!
And these days, we need a lot of aura fluffing!! ❤
Heck yes. Let’s fluff away!
Hi Annika, I think I said it before that you write wonderful reviews. You’re so into it and I can see how much you enjoyed Pam’s book Flashes of Life. I loved her book also. Many stories kept me laughing and laughed again long after I finished reading the book. Thank you for sharing your review.
You wrote a heartfelt review, Miriam, which I treasure. Laughing is GOOD and much needed to help us get through this crazy (and yes, extraordinary) life. THANK you. ❤
My pleasure, Pam. We need more lighthearted stories like yours! ❤
Miriam, bless you for your wonderful comment! It’s a joy to share about books and particularly one likes this … where laughter and tears of emotion are a constant! Yes, I know exactly what you mean about laughing even once you’d finished the book – I was just the same! It would be great if you could put a link to your review here – thank you!
My pleasure, Annika! What a wonderful idea to add a link of my review here. I’ll do that sometime today.
Hi Annika, what a wonderful idea to add my review to the comment. Here’s the link.
Thank you for this great review, Annika – I have had this book on my TBR list for a long while and look forward to reading it soon!
Hi Donna! So fun to see you here at Annika’s always-wonderful blog. Thank you so much for your support – always. xo
Donna, thank you and enjoy it when you have a chance to read it! You are in for a treat!
Your review has persuaded me to put Flashes of Life on my TBR list!
Yay!! I should give Annika a commission. 🙂 Many thanks, Liz.
You’re welcome, Pamela!
That’s great, Liz! You’ll come across it at just the right time!
I expect so! 😀
Wonderful review of Pam’s lovely book that I enjoyed very much, Annika. I could relate to so many of her stories that her book was easier to review. Another Big Congrats to Pam! ❤️
Your review was another magnificent one, Lauren. It came from the heart, and of course, that’s the best place for any kind of writing. xo THANK you.
Thanks, Pam! I loved your book, so it was fun to write the review and reminisce on those stories that stood out. Of course, I only highlighted a few. There were so many more. You’re welcome! 💕
Thank you so much, Lauren and you’ve written a beautiful review! Like you, I could not choose a favourite story as I think these were most of them! You’ve presented a lovely sketch of a few of them and yes, so easy for me to relate to as well!
I’ve got tingles running up and down my spine and scalp – similar to the feeling I get when I fluff my aura. But in this case, Annika YOU are the one fluffing my aura and my joy and delight. THANK YOU for sharing your thoughts about my memoir Flashes of Life. Thank you for expressing what I hope each reader feels – that by reading about the “ordinary” things in my life, each reader will enter her/his own realm of the ordinary in their lives, and realize “MY GOODNESS my life and the people/events/even-tiny-incidences in it are EXTRAORDINARY!” ❤
Pam, thank you so much for your precious and warm comment – it was an honour to write the author endorsement and the fuller review here! Thank you for the reminder to us all how exceptional all our lives are – every single supposedly ordinary detail. We forget all too often in the middle of the bustle of life. A wonderful book which I will read many times and has pride of place on my bedside table! xx ❤️
This is a lovely review, Annika. You certainly have a flare for writing great ones. I have this book coming up on my kindle soon.
Robbie, thank you so much for your great comment – you’ve got me smiling away! 😀 It is a very special book and there was so much more I could say! Enjoy when you read it soon!
Robbie, I meant to say on another comment how much I am in awe of your commitment to your boys, their reading and education – your love for them shines through. I often feel the biggest gift we can give anyone is of our time! xx
Agreed, Robbie. Annika not only writes wonderful short stories and poetry and children’s stories and blog posts, she writes terrific book reviews. 🙂
I agree! Wonderful book.
Absolutely and it’s great you’ve had a chance to read it! Have a lovely start to the week, Luanne! 😀
I reviewed it for my blog, too. It’s irresistible! You have a wonderful week, Annika.
Thank you, Luanne. I loved your review and I so appreciate the way you and Annika (and others) are sharing their insights and enjoyment of my Flashes of Life. It means ….. everything… to me. ❤
A reward for hard work!
Luanne, I saw your wonderful review in August and wrote there! I loved how you say that: ‘The storyteller of Flashes of Life is insightful, gentle, and open to each experience.’ So true!
An excellent review! I’m in the middle of Pamela’s book at the moment, slowly enjoying the vignettes she shares with her readers, and I agree that her little stories are captivating.
Nicki, phew! 😀 I’m glad you feel just the same about the book as there is always a slight worry when posting a review that someone will feel exactly the opposite! Enjoy the rest of the book and thank you so much for your lovely comment.
Wow – nice to know that you’re reading my “flashes,” Nicki. I’m delighted. And of course biting on fingernails a bit. 🙂 xo
What a wonderful review for Pamela’s book! It sounds like a captivating read! Thank you for sharing, Annika!
Jan, it’s a joy to share here and always special to chat about books with everyone! 😀 Yes, it is very captivating and rewarding to read and savour again!
Thank you, Jan. Annika surprised me here with this post – how I love these kinds of surprises. 🙂
Thanks for the review, Annika. Pam’s book sounds like an excellent read.
Roasliene, it is an uplifting and enriching read and one I’m recommending to all my friends! I’m glad you enjoyed the review – thank you!
Thank you, Rosaliene. I’m so glad to “meet” you here through Annika. I just hopped over to read your fascinating blog. Always such a treasure to connect with wonderful people throughout our world.
I agree, Pam, and look forward to connecting on the blogosphere 🙂
A most wonderful review for Pam’s lovely book which I look forward to reading. ❤
Debby, thank you and it is a wonderfully heartwarming book; Pam’s innate wisdom, warmth, kindness and spirit for life shines through! xx ❤️
Many thanks, Debby. xo
Fabulous review for Pam’s new book, Annika… I’m currently savoring its delicious tidbits one by one!
Bette, you do right to savour each and every story! 😀 I read the book once over a couple of afternoons and then went back to reread it slowly and loving them even more! xx
Awesome! ❤ xo
Oh! So glad to hear this, Bette. Sending hugs “up” to you in Maine from my Boston enclave. 🙂 xo
Feeling the love and sending bunches back to you, Pam@ ❤
What a wonderful review, Annika. I loved Pam’s book, and like you, found it so relatable even if many of the experiences weren’t the same. The rich emotions and reflections resonated as did the humor. Congrats to Pam, for the fabulous and well-deserved review. 🙂
Diana, it is wonderful that you’ve enjoyed the book so much as well and I think the essence of one’s life can be very similar if not the events and it is these moments that she captures so well, all wrapped up in her innate wisdom and humour and a terrific flair for writing! It means a lot that you liked the review – thank you! x
My pleasure on all counts, Annika.
Well, it’s not surprising that some of my favorite people/bloggers/fellow writers are now my favorite book reviewers. 🙂 Huge hug and thanks, Diana.
Ha ha ha. You’re the best, Pam.
Thank you for this review Annika. I always enjoy Pam’s humor and wisdom. She wrote a beautiful piece for my blog. I am going to buy her book right now thanks to you.
Bernadette, I’m sure you’ll love the book just as much as I do and you’re so right about Pam’s humour and wisdom – Flashes of Life is packed with both and so much more.
I’m intrigued about her piece for your blog and will head over to find it!
Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday! 😀
Hi Bernadette. I SO loved being a part of your ‘cooking & more” blog. Here’s to blueberries, new friends, and the extraordinary ordinary. ❤
I LOVED the post, Pam & Bernadette – a warm and touching story and the cake looks delicious! Look forward to trying it!
Fabulous review Annika. Pamela’s style of writing is a winner, her characters come to life even in a short story. I have always admired her way of presenting real life incidents in an amazing manner. Wishing her all the best.
Balroop, you are so right about Pam’s writing style and I find with both here fiction and the factual pieces that I’m immediately placed at the scene, the characters have depth and individuality right away and also, I never want the stories to end! So glad you enjoyed the review! Thank you!
Thank you so much Balroop. To the poetic and the extraordinary in each moment of our lives. I so appreciate your support and enjoyment of my writing. ❤
This is a wonderful review and book. I can see why Pam wanted your review to be on her book cover. Thanks for the heartwarming review Annika and nice author bio too. I learned more about the woman behind the creative blog I so enjoy.
Brad, thank you and I’m glad you enjoyed the review and found it heartwarming… which reflects the book perfectly! I was honoured to be asked to write an author endorsement but also slightly nervous at the start … once I’d read the book the words flowed easily and more a matter of keeping the one for the back of the book very brief. This is an extended version here!
It’s only recently I’ve started to introduce the author more on my reviews and as I’m glad you enjoyed learning more about Pam and her diverse life!
Hi Brad! Yes, Annika wrote a marvelous (shorter) review/blurb for the back of the cover of my book. It’s perfect (of course) and I was surprised that she was nervous about it. I also am thankful that Annika included a bit of my bio. It fluffed my aura. 🙂
LOL. A little fluffing is good! 🙂
Another lovely review, Annika. The book sounds like a delight to read. The introduction to fluffing your aura had me intrigued. 🙂 But nothing beats seeing one’s life in another writer’s works…sublime! Congratulations to you both!
Thank you so much, Khaya! 😀 I so enjoy sharing about books, talking about them … just books!! I think you’d love to learn about fluffing one’s aura and the overall the mixture of wisdom, humour, tenderness. These real life tales are irresistible – I just could not stop reading!
Hi Khaya. Wonderful to “meet” you here thanks to Annika. I just visited your lovely blog and commented. Anyway, YES, a book that brings me into ME, through the writer’s own experiences, is a book I thoroughly enjoy. It thrills me to hear that my Flashes of Life stories did that for Annika.
A wonderful review of Pamela’s book, Annika. The book sounds very interesting to read. Thanks a lot.
Thank you so much, Kamal! 😀
Most welcome Annika 🤗❤️
Great to see you here, Kamal. THANKS. xo
You are always welcome dear ❤️❤️❤️
“her smiles have indeed become mine.”–what a great way to put this sentiment. Pam has a way with pulling the emotion out, placing it right where we readers can enjoy it. Excellent review.
Jacqui, that’s true and a great observation about Pam’s writing! Often I felt she was in the same room, recalling the stories to me in person, they are that direct and immediate! So glad you enjoyed the review, thank you! 😀
I so agree, Jacqui – this is why/how Annika is such a good book reviewer. She brings her whole self into the review, and how a book influenced her/touched her. As you’ve noted in some of your posts, Jacqui, we know we won’t sell thousands of books, but if our writing touches even a few souls, our work is worthwhile beyond measure. ❤
So nice to see Pam’s Flashes of Life here, Annika. It’s on my TBR!
Barbara, it’s a joy to share about the book here … it’s one you’d thoroughly enjoy, I’m sure! 😀
Hi Barb. Well, being the amazing reader you are, and librarian, I hold my breath to the time when you are able to read my book, and hope to goodness you enjoy it. “Goodness” being the operative word here. 🙂 xo
Oh you are so sweet!
Thank you for sharing your review, Annika. It truly sounds like a beautiful book, one I’d love to read. Congratulations, Pamela. 😊
Gwen, beautiful is definitely the word to describe the book … for both all the vignettes and also the actual presentation of the book, images and tactile unusual size! I hope you have a chance to read it some time. 😀
Thanks, Gwen. I’m so lucky to have Annika’s endorsement and gorgeous review of my book, which I admit is close to my heart (and soul). ❤
A wonderful review of Pamela’s book, Annika. You make us feel that every word within this book
sparkles with happiness, warmth, humour, altogether – with the goodness of life.
I was taken straight away with the size and design of ‘Flashes of Life’. Beautiful.A book I will definately read. Oh, can you explain how oe does ” Fluff one’s aura’, I would love to learn. 🙂
Congratulatios to you Pamela.
Miriam, bless! I feel as if you’ve read the book already and writing a review yourself in your wonderful comment. Thank you! 😀 I’m happy that I managed to convey the essence of the book! You are right about the unusual size of the book, so tactile and the design welcoming and engaging! It feels precious to just hold it in one’s hands and then pure delight to start reading. When you’re reading the book you will soon learn about ‘fluffing one’s aura’ – I think you will take to it straight away! x❤️
Hi Miriam. I bet that once you read about how to “fluff your aura,” you’ll realize that you have done it from time to time. Perhaps without knowing, even. But fluffing on purpose is delightful. 🙂 Thanks so much for your comments. Yes, my publisher (an Indie publisher who likes to think “outside the box”) came up with this design as soon as she read the draft of my book. I love what she’s done, even with the photos she convinced me to include (in black and white, waterlogued).
That’s a great endorsement, Annika. I know little of Pamela’s writing, though I do sometimes pop over to the blog. Thanks for the prompting.
Thank you, Jo! 😀 Pam is a natural storyteller, both fiction and factual and this book is a gem! Glad you know of some of her work already through the blog!
“Pop” on by anytime, Jo! 🙂 xo