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Created to provide solace, strength, and inspiration, Come, Sweet Day is for anyone feeling weighed down by life. This collection of poems and essays, written by an award-winning author, reminds each of us that we are not alone. God is good, and we can see His love even in dark times. Though loneliness and despair may at times seem overwhelming, the words on these pages enc Created to provide solace, strength, and inspiration, Come, Sweet Day is for anyone feeling weighed down by life. This collection of poems and essays, written by an award-winning author, reminds each of us that we are not alone. God is good, and we can see His love even in dark times. Though loneliness and despair may at times seem overwhelming, the words on these pages encourage us to seek for grace, to find the light and let it in, and to hold on to hope. There are good days coming.


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Created to provide solace, strength, and inspiration, Come, Sweet Day is for anyone feeling weighed down by life. This collection of poems and essays, written by an award-winning author, reminds each of us that we are not alone. God is good, and we can see His love even in dark times. Though loneliness and despair may at times seem overwhelming, the words on these pages enc Created to provide solace, strength, and inspiration, Come, Sweet Day is for anyone feeling weighed down by life. This collection of poems and essays, written by an award-winning author, reminds each of us that we are not alone. God is good, and we can see His love even in dark times. Though loneliness and despair may at times seem overwhelming, the words on these pages encourage us to seek for grace, to find the light and let it in, and to hold on to hope. There are good days coming.

30 review for Come, Sweet Day: Holding On To Hope In Dark Times

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lauren (thebookscript)

    Beautiful. This book brought tears to my eyes and hope for my hungry soul. I could have highlighted this one in its entirety for the way that it spoke to me. The way that Donaldson writes of her heartaches and trials but then sees the light of hope, the light of Gods hand in her life. Donaldson’s, Blackmoore is my all time favorite book. I guess some authors just have a way of slipping into our hearts. She writes of the struggles she has had and is still working to overcome over the last few yea Beautiful. This book brought tears to my eyes and hope for my hungry soul. I could have highlighted this one in its entirety for the way that it spoke to me. The way that Donaldson writes of her heartaches and trials but then sees the light of hope, the light of Gods hand in her life. Donaldson’s, Blackmoore is my all time favorite book. I guess some authors just have a way of slipping into our hearts. She writes of the struggles she has had and is still working to overcome over the last few years. These have inspired beautiful, heartfelt poems of peace and longing and all have been inspired by a beloved and enduring Savior. I’ve always loved the notion of finding God in the dark, knowing that the light is just above the horizon. These poems and words definitely define this sentiment. I needed this book today. Thank you Julianne for letting us into your head and your heart. We all need a running partner in this marathon of life cheering us on, you did that and I was grateful for this book today.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    A lovely collection of poems, thoughts, and short writings about finding peace, hope and joy no matter where you are in your journey. Julianne Donaldson is a gift!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Janae

    What a beautiful collection of beautiful vulnerability. I ADORED this compilation of poems and thoughts. I have throughly enjoyed Donaldson's works of fiction for years. This non-fiction piece goes to show that she definitely knows her way around words. The emotions she shows in her writing is amazing. Also that conclusion that is all about inclusion had me in Tears! Great job friend. Thank you Netgalley and Shadow Mountain for the advanced ecopy in exchange for honest feedback. What a beautiful collection of beautiful vulnerability. I ADORED this compilation of poems and thoughts. I have throughly enjoyed Donaldson's works of fiction for years. This non-fiction piece goes to show that she definitely knows her way around words. The emotions she shows in her writing is amazing. Also that conclusion that is all about inclusion had me in Tears! Great job friend. Thank you Netgalley and Shadow Mountain for the advanced ecopy in exchange for honest feedback.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This beautiful little book could not have come to me at a better time. I am so grateful to NetGalley for allowing me this opportunity. What a blessing I received this morning...sitting by our Christmas tree, hot cup of coffee in hand, able to read in one sitting. Thought-provoking, reflective, and inspiring, "Come, Sweet Day" will remind the reader to breathe, pray, rely upon our Lord, exactly the things I needed today. Julianne Donaldson has woven together beautiful and encouraging words, poetr This beautiful little book could not have come to me at a better time. I am so grateful to NetGalley for allowing me this opportunity. What a blessing I received this morning...sitting by our Christmas tree, hot cup of coffee in hand, able to read in one sitting. Thought-provoking, reflective, and inspiring, "Come, Sweet Day" will remind the reader to breathe, pray, rely upon our Lord, exactly the things I needed today. Julianne Donaldson has woven together beautiful and encouraging words, poetry and hymns to help heal and to help remind us to place our worries in the hands of the One who loves us more than anything and carries us through the hard times. Thank you, Ms. Donaldson. Once this lovely book arrives on the shelves I will be gifting it to many, and reading it myself, many many times.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    There are some very beautiful words contained in this book. Some that contained the ache of sorrow. Some that talk of just being. And many that were full of Hope and what is to come. I really enjoyed the progression of the poems and words from the beginning to the end. I'll admit that I even had moments that the ache and also the beauty of the words brought tears to my eyes. Some of these poems are very raw in the emotions that they convey. I think sometimes when we are really struggling that we h There are some very beautiful words contained in this book. Some that contained the ache of sorrow. Some that talk of just being. And many that were full of Hope and what is to come. I really enjoyed the progression of the poems and words from the beginning to the end. I'll admit that I even had moments that the ache and also the beauty of the words brought tears to my eyes. Some of these poems are very raw in the emotions that they convey. I think sometimes when we are really struggling that we hold that in and don't share our aches. Granted some aches, it just isn't easy to share. But being able to write or talk with a dear friend or family member through those emotions and struggles can help. It doesn't bring instant healing or solace. And sometimes the struggles last far longer than what we could have thought or imagined. But knowing that someone is truly there who knows the pain and ache and hope (even if that hope is buried deep in the moment), someone who has suffered and felt those same pains, can offer solace and peace to our battered and trying souls. Overall, it is a sweet book that shows we all have our own struggles and aches and sorrows. But we are not truly alone in them. Not that I want others to be suffering and feeling pain, but it helps me to know that I can be more aware of those around me. That I can offer grace and kindness as I want and need that grace and kindness in my life as well. I hope that we all can see the hope that will come, one sweet day. I received a copy from the publisher, Shadow Mountain, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. Happy Reading!!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    When I first got this lovely book I purposely saved it for a "down day", which turned out to be a great idea as it cheered my solemn soul. What an uplifting message delivered in a beautiful, honest, and relatable way. And the lovely photographs and artwork make this little book a joy to behold. Those of all Christian faiths could appreciate this beautiful book. I also think this is a book that is best read in hardcover; to hold and enjoy all the colors makes reading this a wonderfol experience. When I first got this lovely book I purposely saved it for a "down day", which turned out to be a great idea as it cheered my solemn soul. What an uplifting message delivered in a beautiful, honest, and relatable way. And the lovely photographs and artwork make this little book a joy to behold. Those of all Christian faiths could appreciate this beautiful book. I also think this is a book that is best read in hardcover; to hold and enjoy all the colors makes reading this a wonderfol experience. Awesome job to the author! This is one I will reread again and again.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cathy | A Case Full of Books

    I don't generally read poetry, but I'm glad I decided to read this one. I was surprised to see Donaldson turn to poetry after writing Edenbrooke and Blackmoore, two great Regency romances. This was clearly what she needed to write, and I'm so glad she did. Her poetry spoke to my soul and had me feeling both sorrowful and hopeful. She uses beautiful poems to chronicle a very low time in her life and how, in the midst of this darkness, she was able to realize God's love more than ever. It's a very q I don't generally read poetry, but I'm glad I decided to read this one. I was surprised to see Donaldson turn to poetry after writing Edenbrooke and Blackmoore, two great Regency romances. This was clearly what she needed to write, and I'm so glad she did. Her poetry spoke to my soul and had me feeling both sorrowful and hopeful. She uses beautiful poems to chronicle a very low time in her life and how, in the midst of this darkness, she was able to realize God's love more than ever. It's a very quick read, and I would definitely read it again. Thank you to Shadow Mountain for providing me with a digital review copy of this book!

  8. 4 out of 5

    KColton

    A beautiful collection of faith based poems and essays written by one of my favorite authors. She has experienced a lot of trials and I could feel her pain in the poems. It's a fast read but I found it comforting. "I have learned that in order to stretch me, God will allow me to walk through dark times that no amount of hard work, prayer, or faith can prevent. I have felt as if the devil had grabbed hold of my feet and was trying to drag me down to the hell of despair. I had a choice. I could loo A beautiful collection of faith based poems and essays written by one of my favorite authors. She has experienced a lot of trials and I could feel her pain in the poems. It's a fast read but I found it comforting. "I have learned that in order to stretch me, God will allow me to walk through dark times that no amount of hard work, prayer, or faith can prevent. I have felt as if the devil had grabbed hold of my feet and was trying to drag me down to the hell of despair. I had a choice. I could look down to where I was going and fall into hopelessness. Or I could call to my God. I could reach up to Him, believing He would grab hold of my hands. And then, with the devil pulling me by the feet and God pulling me by the hands, I would be stretched....Hold on to hope. There are good days coming." (pg. 1-2)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jess (BookObsessedJess)

    2021, Pandemic Part II We open on a poetry book. A compilation of encouragement and feelings of despair. Reflections of a life that has gone through trials and tribulations. Quite the way to begin 2021, right? Synopsis: Bestselling romance author Julianne Donaldson has written deeply emotional, sweeping love stories in Edenbrooke and Blackmoore, often commenting that her characters were a reflection of what she wanted a woman’s life to be: happy, secure, unconditionally loved, and fulfilled. But in 2021, Pandemic Part II We open on a poetry book. A compilation of encouragement and feelings of despair. Reflections of a life that has gone through trials and tribulations. Quite the way to begin 2021, right? Synopsis: Bestselling romance author Julianne Donaldson has written deeply emotional, sweeping love stories in Edenbrooke and Blackmoore, often commenting that her characters were a reflection of what she wanted a woman’s life to be: happy, secure, unconditionally loved, and fulfilled. But in reality her own life was far more marked by difficult challenges and disappointments. In her new book, Donaldson reveals her thoughts and feelings from that unsettled time of despair and suffering so women can know they are not alone and that there is hope even in the hard times. Compiled from years of inspirational words of encouragement to herself on social media—and even bits and pieces of random musings written on scrap paper, this is a unique writer’s journey through a life passage marked by cancer, a bitter divorce, legal battles with her ex-husband, mental illness, and persistent feelings of rejection and abandonment which also rendered her unable to pick up her career as a writer to support herself and her family. Overwhelmed by sadness and almost paralyzed into inaction by despair, she slowly finds her way back to her writer’s toolbox, unpacking the pain and sharing her innermost feelings as if revealing a character’s thoughts in a novel. In her writing she begins to find rays of understanding and acceptance and eventually finds strength from knowing that God’s love and His grace and guidance give greater meaning to our suffering and light the way to hope. “So, here’s me bragging: I got out of bed today!” (all quotes are pending final publication) Girl me too. POSITIVE: Every day that we get out of bed is a moment won. This collection resonates with how a lot of people are feeling right now – full of darkness, yet embracing hope. NEGATIVE: A lot of talk about faith. Don’t get me wrong, I have faith and am a spiritual person. However, I don’t usually enjoy reading about it in books. That said, I support her in her journey of spirituality as it helped pull her out of the murk. OVERALL RATING: 3/5 stars Thank you to the publishers over at ShadowMountain Publishing for sending me a copy of this eARC.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: I know every single person out there is dealing with a lot of hard things. But for those who are wondering if they’re alone in feeling weighed down by life, you’re not. I want you to know that you can be a good person and still have really heavy burdens in this life, and it doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong. Come, Sweet Day is a book of poetry and short prose pieces by Julianne Donaldson. Donaldson generally writes fiction, but this is a more intimate and personal book writ First sentence: I know every single person out there is dealing with a lot of hard things. But for those who are wondering if they’re alone in feeling weighed down by life, you’re not. I want you to know that you can be a good person and still have really heavy burdens in this life, and it doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong. Come, Sweet Day is a book of poetry and short prose pieces by Julianne Donaldson. Donaldson generally writes fiction, but this is a more intimate and personal book written from a place of faith, hope, and honesty. I have enjoyed her novels. I am not as open to "loving" poetry in general. But I liked this one. I wouldn't go so far as to say it was super amazing and life changing. But I liked it. I appreciate her honesty and insights.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I read this author’s fictional best seller, “Edenbrooke” years ago, and I was happy to read her book of essays and poems. This was a very short book on the musings of her real life pain and the beauty and hope she has found in God’s presence. I can tell it was written with her heart. ~Thank you to NetGalley and Publisher~

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    **I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher via NetGalley. My choice to review and the words I’ve used are my own—as always.*** I enjoy poetry for its ability to succinctly capture a sea of emotions in a few well-chosen words. This collection of insights and poetry succinctly capture reminders that God is good and with His children at every point of the journey, not just the easy and pleasant ones. There is much hope and comfort in that truth and in this collection. An excerpt from t **I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher via NetGalley. My choice to review and the words I’ve used are my own—as always.*** I enjoy poetry for its ability to succinctly capture a sea of emotions in a few well-chosen words. This collection of insights and poetry succinctly capture reminders that God is good and with His children at every point of the journey, not just the easy and pleasant ones. There is much hope and comfort in that truth and in this collection. An excerpt from the beginning, “I have learned that nobody is immune to dark times. I have also learned to never take for granted the times when things go well…I had a choice. I could look down to where I was going and fall into hopelessness. Or I could call to my God. I could reach up to Him, believing He would grab hold of my hands. And then, with the devil pulling me by the feet and God pulling me by the hands, I would be stretched. Oh, that stretching can be painful. But it’s so much better than giving up, looking down, and letting despair claim me.” Another from later on, “I ask myself often, ‘What’s wrong with me? Why is this so hard?’ But in a gift of grace to myself, I am now telling myself that just because it’s hard doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with me. Just because our progress is slow doesn’t mean we’re not trying.“ My experiences are not the same as the author’s, but her desire to cling to God and learn in her wilderness *with Him* is encouragement and comfort for me. I am eager to share this book with others who, in their own wilderness, may also be praying or pleading, “Come bright hope/Come, new song/Come, sweet day.”

  13. 5 out of 5

    Avery Frost

    If you know anything about me, you know that I love Julianne Donaldson. I first read "Edenbrooke" when I was 13 years old, and I knew then and there, that I wanted to be an author. I read "Blackmoore" during the next year and in December of 2014, I went to a book signing and had the opportunity to meet and talk with Julie herself. I told her my three goals for the future: I wanted to go to BYU, I wanted to be an English major, and I wanted to publish a book before I graduated. Six years later, I If you know anything about me, you know that I love Julianne Donaldson. I first read "Edenbrooke" when I was 13 years old, and I knew then and there, that I wanted to be an author. I read "Blackmoore" during the next year and in December of 2014, I went to a book signing and had the opportunity to meet and talk with Julie herself. I told her my three goals for the future: I wanted to go to BYU, I wanted to be an English major, and I wanted to publish a book before I graduated. Six years later, I met Julie again at another book signing, and surprisingly, she remembered me! She asked me for an update on my progress with my goals. I told her I was applying as a transfer student to BYU, I was an English major, and my book would be released sometime near the end of 2020. I'm now happy to report that all three of my goals have been accomplished. I owe this woman my life. I would not be who I am without her. But, little did I know that within those 6 years between us seeing each other, we would both become changed people. Some of our experiences would be similar, others would be very different. But the biggest commonality is that we would both learn what true, bitter, heartbreak feels like. We would be torn down by the world and spend nights alone in our beds, wondering if it was even worth hoping for a better day in the morning. But through those things, we've also learned of the amazing healing power of the Savior. I have become so much closer with my Heavenly Father because of the times when and the people who pushed me onto my knees. Whereat first I found the devil, the Savior then found me. So, while I was at first disappointed that Julianne's first book after 9 almost 10 years of no new stories was not going to be fiction, my disappointments were washed away and replaced with an overwhelming amount of love when I opened this book for the first time. My love for Julianne's writing (and Julie herself), and my Savior's love for me. I read this book during this last week when I was just having a really rough time. I was struggling with comparing my situation to others, not seeing eye to eye with a good friend of mine, hating what I saw in the mirror, and wondering if everyone else hated it too. But for just a moment in my dark abyss, this book, this wonderful, uplifting, inspiring book, was a light to my mind and heart. I don't normally gravitate towards books of poetry, but when I have, I have always found solace in them. This book is not different, in fact, it's even more so. It was such a pleasure to read and I am excited to have another thing for Julie to sign the next time I see her. Well done as always, Ms. Donaldson, and welcome back :). Five of the heartiest stars I've ever given!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kira the book belle

    Come, Sweet Day by Julianne Donaldson From the writer of Edenbrooke and Blackmoore, who we know and love, comes a lovely book of poetry about her journey through darkness, trials, little blessings, and hope. One word to describe this book- Beautiful. Julianne intertwines her life stories with poems to encourage you, make you feel, and show you that we are not alone. God is with us, always, through trials and temptations. "...because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. P Come, Sweet Day by Julianne Donaldson From the writer of Edenbrooke and Blackmoore, who we know and love, comes a lovely book of poetry about her journey through darkness, trials, little blessings, and hope. One word to describe this book- Beautiful. Julianne intertwines her life stories with poems to encourage you, make you feel, and show you that we are not alone. God is with us, always, through trials and temptations. "...because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." ( James 1:3-4) My heart went out to Julianne throughout as I was reading her struggles, her pain. She reminds us that we all have dark times. The poem about Julianne's dream about her balancing on the tightrope got to me the most. It is the perfect example of how we are day to day....balancing all of our trials, jobs, relationships, emotions....piled high on our shoulders while we balance and shake to keep it all together- and all the while you look down and our Lord is there below with a smile a net ready to catch you should you fall..."I've got you." Beautiful. I'm a mom, a wife, a nurse and I have struggles like any other. I suffer from anxiety, and postpartum hit me hard. And every once and a while- after endless chores, long work days, the busyness of kids, difficult relationships- I breakdown and sometimes cry. And God hears me. I know He is listening. "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord, for I hide myself in you." (Psalm 143: 8-9) As an aspiring writer myself, I enjoy reading and learning from other writers about their journeys. There is a lot of hope written in this book. It speaks to your soul. Thank you @writerjulianne for writing such a beautiful book and sharing your story. I see you.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    4.5 stars Fans of Julianne Donaldson's previous historical novels need to approach this book without the expectations of those novels. This is a very personal, religious book that Donaldson is choosing to share with her readers, a brief glimpse into the struggles she has been going through, mainly through poetry. This book is beautifully put together visually. The cover is sweet and happy looking. There are short essays/vignettes where Donaldson shares some of her struggles and then the rest of t 4.5 stars Fans of Julianne Donaldson's previous historical novels need to approach this book without the expectations of those novels. This is a very personal, religious book that Donaldson is choosing to share with her readers, a brief glimpse into the struggles she has been going through, mainly through poetry. This book is beautifully put together visually. The cover is sweet and happy looking. There are short essays/vignettes where Donaldson shares some of her struggles and then the rest of the book is poems, again about her struggles through everyday life. It is very positive and uplifting, while at the same time talking about realities. There are no titles to the poems. Instead, pictures are used as backgrounds and each poem is differentiated visually by different pictures. The writing reminds me of the writing I did in high school, the poems and vignette style, which is how my creative writing teacher described it to me, meaning that it was very personal to me and not very relatable to anyone else reading it. So, that's how I read this book, as being very personal to Donaldson and that she was sharing it with us as a glimpse into her life and in the hopes that we can both understand her and also that it might help us in what we as individuals are going through. This is a wonderful, short, very quick read. I look forward to purchasing a copy of this book when it comes out and also would purchase it for friends/family to share with them as well. ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.***

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Alarie

    Anyone looking for hope in dark times would find solace in Julianne Donaldson’s Come, Sweet Day. Ms. Donaldson reveals the pain and seeking she experienced through her divorce, single parenting, and cancer. These specific challenges are not addressed explicitly but they form the foundation on which her universal yearning and hope are based. Come, Sweet Day is a beautiful collection of poems and essays that are coupled with vibrant, varied, and serene images. This quick read is based on many Script Anyone looking for hope in dark times would find solace in Julianne Donaldson’s Come, Sweet Day. Ms. Donaldson reveals the pain and seeking she experienced through her divorce, single parenting, and cancer. These specific challenges are not addressed explicitly but they form the foundation on which her universal yearning and hope are based. Come, Sweet Day is a beautiful collection of poems and essays that are coupled with vibrant, varied, and serene images. This quick read is based on many Scriptures that give the reader hope, encouragement, and food for reflection. I can easily see the pages getting earmarked for repeated readings of pertinent passages, depending on the reader’s changing circumstances. Come, Sweet Day cuts to the heart of what it means to seek God in the midst of challenges. How this book affected me: I’m not in a particular struggle in life at the moment but have experienced many, as most people have. I could easily imagine the comfort that would come from reading Come, Sweet Day. Even if you hadn’t experienced the exact challenges that Ms. Donaldson has, her raw yearning and pure and hopeful faith would be inspiring for any Christian. Who would enjoy this book: This book is designed to be for those “holding on to hope in dark times.” As such, the ideal reader is facing a challenge and looking for hope, strength, and faith that God is near and the sun will shine again. The beautiful images and hardcover make it a thoughtful gift for a friend or loved one who’s in the midst of a challenge.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Voyage

    I rarely read such a touching book which resonated with me so much. Julianne Donaldson is by far one of my favourite authors ever. Through her books, she introduced me to one of my favourite genre: sweet regency romances. I read her three first books and was then ready to read anything she would write. Someone who wrote so beautifully, with such feeling, could only be a beautiful person. But you know, an author always stays this kind of ghostly presence behind the book — invisibly seeping through I rarely read such a touching book which resonated with me so much. Julianne Donaldson is by far one of my favourite authors ever. Through her books, she introduced me to one of my favourite genre: sweet regency romances. I read her three first books and was then ready to read anything she would write. Someone who wrote so beautifully, with such feeling, could only be a beautiful person. But you know, an author always stays this kind of ghostly presence behind the book — invisibly seeping through all of it. Even though I was disappointed when I learnt Julianne Donaldson had stopped writing for a while, and even cancelled a book project, I understood. And I don't regret not reading her never-finished book. Because what she has written here is so much stronger. Of course, I wish all that happened to her hadn't hurt her. But now she is that person I have so much compassion for, especially as I read "Come, Sweet Day" at a point in my life when things weren't great either. So it made me appreciate her new way of seeing things and being hopeful even more. I loved the message of this book as much as I liked the way it is written. I can really "feel" the words, their rhythm, their beauty. Stories and poems in alternance. I am not a religious person so the christian references didn't mean much to me, and I would have preferred a bit less of them, but I still liked the message behind them. Her writings reminded me of words I wrote and spoke for a project once. "We must accept that things cannot always go well, that we cannot always do good. That we may do the right things and yet, obtain the wrong results. . . [But] our lives are made to enjoy the good that exists all around us" *I received a free copy of this book and this is my honest opinion*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Teenage Reads

    Plot: A collection of poems by first time poet Julianne Donaldson, as they take readers through the ups and downs of their life through poems with picturesque backgrounds. Titled Come Sweet Day, Donaldson often remarks about the sweet days yet to come when life is throwing you a hardball, and how God is there to support you through life. Staring the collection off saying that you are not alone and that there is hope, Donaldson takes readers on an epic journey through the highs and lows of their l Plot: A collection of poems by first time poet Julianne Donaldson, as they take readers through the ups and downs of their life through poems with picturesque backgrounds. Titled Come Sweet Day, Donaldson often remarks about the sweet days yet to come when life is throwing you a hardball, and how God is there to support you through life. Staring the collection off saying that you are not alone and that there is hope, Donaldson takes readers on an epic journey through the highs and lows of their life while constantly reminding readers of the hope of better days yet to come. Thoughts: As a nonreligious person, Julianne Donaldson's constant reference to him was enough to pull me out of their poetry, but I still appreciate it. With the rawness of the writing, Donaldson really opens their souls to you as you move through their chapters titled like My Wilderness, Grace, Light and so many others. Their poems are enlightening, as where Donaldson is going through a dark time all their poems are about hope. My favorite one was the one about walking the tightrope in which God (but it doesn’t have to be him it could be any loved one) is there smiling, promising to catch you in the net if you fall. So often life feels like a tightrope, but so few of us ever look down like Donaldson did to even notice the net. The honesty of the story grips your heart so that you definitely feel Donaldson’s emotions mix with your own, as their story is one that many of us can relate to.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alysha Jardine

    Guys, this book. Wow, I’m absolutely speechless. If you are ever having a bad minute, a bad hour, a bad day, a bad week, a bad month, a bad year, or a bad couple of years, this book is for you. During those times of struggle, of trial, of hopelessness, this book can be a beacon of light in the darkness. Every single one of these poems resonated with my soul. The ache you feel when you are in the depths of despair, can only be filled with the help of that Higher Being. For me that is God, for you Guys, this book. Wow, I’m absolutely speechless. If you are ever having a bad minute, a bad hour, a bad day, a bad week, a bad month, a bad year, or a bad couple of years, this book is for you. During those times of struggle, of trial, of hopelessness, this book can be a beacon of light in the darkness. Every single one of these poems resonated with my soul. The ache you feel when you are in the depths of despair, can only be filled with the help of that Higher Being. For me that is God, for you it could be Allah, the Supreme Being, the Universe. No matter what you call that Being, He is there, reaching out for you in the darkness, a beacon of light, a breath of hope. This book of poetry is different from what I normally read, but it was exactly what I needed, when I needed it. It is a little miracle. Julianne Donaldson wrote this collection of poems and essays during her own trials. The book is broken up into different sections, My Wilderness, Grace, Light, Home, and Mercy (I think I got them all). Each section is started by an essay, then a collection of poems that are all tied together by the title of that section. But throughout all of the sections the overlaying message is hope. Hope to stand firm, but when standing is too hard, reach out on your knees, for He is always there.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy Carpenter

    Poetry isn't typically my jam, but I really enjoyed this collection by Julianne Donaldson. It's very faith-promoting and heartwarming. As someone going through a divorce, I could relate to a lot of the feelings and pain Donaldson has experienced. The ending in particular was meaningful for me — I love how the author explained that she hasn't "made it"; that she's not on the other side of her trial. She's still in the middle of it, but she's constantly looking to see the beauty around her. My onl Poetry isn't typically my jam, but I really enjoyed this collection by Julianne Donaldson. It's very faith-promoting and heartwarming. As someone going through a divorce, I could relate to a lot of the feelings and pain Donaldson has experienced. The ending in particular was meaningful for me — I love how the author explained that she hasn't "made it"; that she's not on the other side of her trial. She's still in the middle of it, but she's constantly looking to see the beauty around her. My only struggle with the book was that sometimes it felt TOO positive to the point of being unrealistic. Unless I missed it, there was nothing about being angry with God at times or desperately struggling to feel His presence regardless of how hard you're trying. Maybe that was just Donaldson's experience, but I found the near-constant Godly reassurance difficult to relate to. In my own journey, there have been times where I've felt completely abandoned by God, and I would've appreciated a more raw look at some of those feelings — feelings that I have to believe the author has experienced on some level as well. Overall, though, I found this book really inspiring and lovely, and would recommend it to others of faith who are going through a difficult time.

  21. 4 out of 5

    April

    Loved this! Since Julianne is one of the few authors I've actually met in person (at an small book signing and Q&A), and her upbringing is similar to mine, I probably felt an added connection. She has been through some serious stuff, and while the book doesn't go into details, all that trauma and pain comes out braided with hope and faith as a beautiful collection of thought-provoking poems and personal experiences. My favorite part was the story of when she was riding a bike, having a very hard Loved this! Since Julianne is one of the few authors I've actually met in person (at an small book signing and Q&A), and her upbringing is similar to mine, I probably felt an added connection. She has been through some serious stuff, and while the book doesn't go into details, all that trauma and pain comes out braided with hope and faith as a beautiful collection of thought-provoking poems and personal experiences. My favorite part was the story of when she was riding a bike, having a very hard time of it, and feeling depressed at the difficulty, only to later discover that her tires were nearly flat and the bike had a bad gear setting, setting her up for frustration while other cyclists flew by. She drew the parallel that sometimes we're doing better than we think we are, especially when we are handed very difficult things (physical, mental, spiritual, circumstantial) that others may not have. It was a good reminder not to compare your life, trials, blessing, or hard times with someone else's.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emily Flynn

    If you have ever gone through something difficult, you need this book. If you have ever felt that hope is hard to find, you need this book. If you have ever felt alone, you need this book. This book is inspired and full of all the feeling that one feels when going through darkness and needs a lifeline, Julianne Donaldson’s book is filled with poems and reflections that could not have been easy to share with the world, It is never easy to show when you feel weak or alone, It is never easy to shar If you have ever gone through something difficult, you need this book. If you have ever felt that hope is hard to find, you need this book. If you have ever felt alone, you need this book. This book is inspired and full of all the feeling that one feels when going through darkness and needs a lifeline, Julianne Donaldson’s book is filled with poems and reflections that could not have been easy to share with the world, It is never easy to show when you feel weak or alone, It is never easy to share when you feel that you cannot get out of bed. This collection of poems and recollections shares just those things, This collection is brave and full of hope. It shows the love of God and his Tender Mercies like a book less brave could never do, I was touched to my soul by the poetry found within these pages, I found poems inside that perfectly articulated my feelings recalled from moments of grief and pain, It was as if she opened my heart and gave words to the things I could not say, I received a copy from the publisher and this is my honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    4 1/2 stars Reviewed for www.compassbookratings.com Overall Review: Popular Regency author Julianne Donaldson is back, this time with writings of a different nature. In Come, Sweet Day, Donaldson shares short stories and poetry she wrote during some of her darkest moments. Her work is touching, raw, and relatable -- just what the world needs right now! Donaldson has a magnificent way with words and her writing acknowledges the pain and anguish of life's difficulties. Despite the agony of a divorce 4 1/2 stars Reviewed for www.compassbookratings.com Overall Review: Popular Regency author Julianne Donaldson is back, this time with writings of a different nature. In Come, Sweet Day, Donaldson shares short stories and poetry she wrote during some of her darkest moments. Her work is touching, raw, and relatable -- just what the world needs right now! Donaldson has a magnificent way with words and her writing acknowledges the pain and anguish of life's difficulties. Despite the agony of a divorce, cancer diagnosis, and debt, Donaldson's poignant work conveys a message of hope. In addition to stunning prose, the book has a beautiful layout, with gorgeous images that relate perfectly to the words on each page. Come, Sweet Day is a fantastic length to allow reading it again and again. This book would make a perfect gift for anyone who needs a pick-me-up. Review of a Digital Advance Reading Copy For full content analysis, go www.compassbookratings.com

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    It’s not often that I pick up a book of poetry. In fact, I don’t think I really ever have. But I’ve seen people all over talking about this new one by Julianne Donaldson. And I wanted to read it to check it out. I loved this book! I loved the way the author shared things about her life lately that would have been hard to share. As well as the poetry that she’d written. This book is so comforting. We are all going to have hard times. And reading through the author’s experiences, as well as her poe It’s not often that I pick up a book of poetry. In fact, I don’t think I really ever have. But I’ve seen people all over talking about this new one by Julianne Donaldson. And I wanted to read it to check it out. I loved this book! I loved the way the author shared things about her life lately that would have been hard to share. As well as the poetry that she’d written. This book is so comforting. We are all going to have hard times. And reading through the author’s experiences, as well as her poetry will be helpful. It’s like someone reached out to give the reader a hug. This book is beautiful too! I love the happy cover. But inside is filled with beautiful images to go along with the poetry. It’s so well done. I loved everything about it. Hope is something we can all use more of. This would be a great gift for someone going through a hard time. Or just your mom for Mother’s Day. I was sent an e-copy of Come, Sweet Day as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie P (Because My Mother Read)

    I received a free review copy from the publisher through NetGalley to review. I was interested in reading this book because I have previously read both of the author’s popular novels and have seen some glimpses of her personal struggles through social media. It is not a memoir, but instead a collection of short essays, poems, and thoughts as she reflects on going through trials with a Christian perspective. It is short, beautifully designed and emotional. I am not a huge poetry reader myself and I received a free review copy from the publisher through NetGalley to review. I was interested in reading this book because I have previously read both of the author’s popular novels and have seen some glimpses of her personal struggles through social media. It is not a memoir, but instead a collection of short essays, poems, and thoughts as she reflects on going through trials with a Christian perspective. It is short, beautifully designed and emotional. I am not a huge poetry reader myself and felt more drawn to her essays (just a personal preference), but all of it was beautifully written. I especially appreciated that unlike many other books of this nature, she is not at the end of her trial and looking back. Instead she is still in the thick of things and trying to find peace and beauty.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)

    This inspirational book connected to my spirit and soul. I felt like Donaldson spoke to where I have been before when I felt like I could not go on. She connects struggles to her faith in God and it was beautifully done. The pictures in the book portrayed the written words perfectly. This is a truly inspirational book that made me feel like it is okay to struggle, there is hope through our Savior. God has my back and He is asking me to grow through it. Thank you to Donaldson for helping me remem This inspirational book connected to my spirit and soul. I felt like Donaldson spoke to where I have been before when I felt like I could not go on. She connects struggles to her faith in God and it was beautifully done. The pictures in the book portrayed the written words perfectly. This is a truly inspirational book that made me feel like it is okay to struggle, there is hope through our Savior. God has my back and He is asking me to grow through it. Thank you to Donaldson for helping me remember that the Lord loves me through the hard times and that there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for helping me feel like someone else understands difficulties. Anyone who reads this book will feel uplifted. Perfectly poetic, I have read it twice and will doubtless read it again and again. I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Becca (beccas_bibliophilia)

    “This is the only thing I have written today: That relationships are more important Than money or success And that writing can wait But living cannot” Julianne Donaldson is a favorite fiction author of mine. I loved reading her heartfelt poetry. While fiction is always enjoyable, there is something about the vulnerability of sharing one’s reality that never fails to draw me in. This quote in particular stuck out to me while reading this book. This month has been hectic for me, and I have read much le “This is the only thing I have written today: That relationships are more important Than money or success And that writing can wait But living cannot” Julianne Donaldson is a favorite fiction author of mine. I loved reading her heartfelt poetry. While fiction is always enjoyable, there is something about the vulnerability of sharing one’s reality that never fails to draw me in. This quote in particular stuck out to me while reading this book. This month has been hectic for me, and I have read much less than I usually do. However, upon further consideration I realized I have done much more living this month than I normally do. I loved the perspective and insight this book gave me and I would highly recommend it. Thank you to netgalley for providing me with an eARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Julianne Donaldson is in the middle of her marathon of life. She admits that she is still in the middle and is looking towards that finish line. With trauma, illness, and divorce, her life has not been mapped the way she anticipated. A single mom supporting her kids, she is struggling, but in the middle of it all, she is seeing God's hand. Through stories and poems she shows us those glimmers of light and hope that she hopes will be a light to others. It's a quick read and an overall very uplift Julianne Donaldson is in the middle of her marathon of life. She admits that she is still in the middle and is looking towards that finish line. With trauma, illness, and divorce, her life has not been mapped the way she anticipated. A single mom supporting her kids, she is struggling, but in the middle of it all, she is seeing God's hand. Through stories and poems she shows us those glimmers of light and hope that she hopes will be a light to others. It's a quick read and an overall very uplifting story. Great for anyone who just needs a little pick-me-up in the hard times of life. Because of the length, I think it would be great for readers and non-readers alike. Short poems that are easy to just pick one at a time. I enjoyed this. Thanks to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    I cannot say enough good things about this beautiful book. I absolutely loved it. The author shares poetry and experiences full of hope and understanding. I loved her previous two books that came out years ago and had wondered why she had never come out with another book. It turns out that she has been going through some big trials in her life, which she shares in this book. I think a lot of people will feel a kinship to her through reading these poems and beautiful words. You just feel that she I cannot say enough good things about this beautiful book. I absolutely loved it. The author shares poetry and experiences full of hope and understanding. I loved her previous two books that came out years ago and had wondered why she had never come out with another book. It turns out that she has been going through some big trials in her life, which she shares in this book. I think a lot of people will feel a kinship to her through reading these poems and beautiful words. You just feel that she gets it, that she understands. Her faith and hope in God is what helped her through the dark times. I really liked this - "Courage is doing what you don't want to do with such kindness and such a Bright Smile that nobody would guess it was Hard". I think anyone would benefit from reading this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Books and Socks Rock

    Julianne Donaldson is so talented and has a way with words. Whether it’s fiction and you laugh then cry or this book of poetry where you feel the gut wrenching pain and loneliness she mentions. Because you’ve felt it too. This is such a beautiful book of poems of hope and to remember to rely on the Lord. The poems and short essays make for a quick read and will make the perfect gift. Or to pull out on a hard day to remind yourself that you’re not alone. Julianne is so raw and vulnerable about he Julianne Donaldson is so talented and has a way with words. Whether it’s fiction and you laugh then cry or this book of poetry where you feel the gut wrenching pain and loneliness she mentions. Because you’ve felt it too. This is such a beautiful book of poems of hope and to remember to rely on the Lord. The poems and short essays make for a quick read and will make the perfect gift. Or to pull out on a hard day to remind yourself that you’re not alone. Julianne is so raw and vulnerable about her past pain. You can tell that she has wrestled with hopes, wants, needs and expectations and still she finds joy. There were a lot of great quotes from it but this I think was my favorite “Hope breathes on The cold embers of tomorrow Until a new fire blazes.”

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