FLASHES OF LIFE: A BOOK REVIEW

‘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

    1. 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.

  1. 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.

    1. 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!

  2. 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! ❤️

      1. 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! 💕

    1. 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!

  3. 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!” ❤

    1. 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 ❤️

    1. 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

        1. 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. ❤

        2. 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!

  4. Behind the Story

    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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  5. 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. 🙂

    1. 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

    1. 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! 😀

  6. 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.

    1. 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!

  7. 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.

    1. 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!

    2. 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. 🙂

  8. 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!

    1. 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!

    2. 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.

  9. “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.

    1. 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! 😀

    2. 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. ❤

    1. 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

  10. Gwen M. Plano

    Thank you for sharing your review, Annika. It truly sounds like a beautiful book, one I’d love to read. Congratulations, Pamela. 😊

    1. 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. 😀

  11. 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

    1. 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❤️

    2. 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).

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s