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The Light, The Dark, and The In Between: A Poetry Collection

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A collection of poetry from bestselling romance author Stacy Kestwick. The narrative is one woman’s journey from the anger and agony of heartbreak through the gut wrenching insecurity and acceptance of being alone to the unexpected sweetness and passion of finding true love again.

First published June 2, 2020

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Stacy Kestwick

13 books1,046 followers
USA Today Bestseller Stacy Kestwick is a Southern girl who firmly believes mornings should be outlawed.
Her perfect day would include puppies, carbohydrates, and lounging on a hammock with a good book. No adulting, cleaning, or bacon allowed.

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Author 70 books10.8k followers
July 8, 2020
This book of poetry was absolutely beautiful. Stacy Kestwick so eloquently pinpointed the dark, hollow lows of heartbreak and the bright, euphoric highs of healing and finding love again. I loved the illustrations, they were a sweet touch.

As I've mentioned in my past poetry reads, I share these with my mother each morning. I read 3-4 poems and send them to her via text, and then we discuss. It's a tradition we have that we both cherish, and my mom said several times that the author in this one just GOT IT. She understood the buried thoughts and feelings of so many women.

The way the poems were organized in the book took us on a journey, and my mom and I found many many poems within these pages that hit home in ways we could feel to our very soul.

I especially loved the poems that touched on how often we apologize and shrink ourselves in order to appease a narcissist. I think many of us have been there, and it was a gut punch, but lovely to read that we're not alone.

"You play the victim so well
but I wonder who you'll blame now
that I'm no longer there
to be the villain"

I also really appreciated the way Kestwick tackled the horrific feelings of falling OUT of love. Living in the same house with someone when the love has spoiled and turned rotten. The way you walk on eggshells, the way you desire to leave but fear being alone, the way you slowly but surely find the strength to stand and say enough and walk out the door. It was so powerful and relatable.

"I knew it was over
when an eternity alone
sounded better than
one more day
with you"

Absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend you pick this one up and devour it slowly.
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487 reviews7 followers
July 16, 2020
This book will resonate with anyone who has ever felt ‘less than’ someone else. From the first words, it’s obvious that the writer has had her heart broken, but is now on a journey to become all she is meant to be. It feels authentic and hopeful, but real and heartbreaking at times as well. This isn’t a typical book of poetry, but rather an outpouring of hurt, anger, and frustration that turns into strength and something beautiful! I will be reading more from this author.
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116 reviews29 followers
June 5, 2020
This book is full of so much emotion and vivid imagery.
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153 reviews6 followers
June 5, 2020
Raw and Real

From the first page, this book touched my soul. It was like holding a mirror in front of my face. So raw and real. I felt her pain, healing, and transformation. She gave me hope that we all can heal and love again. Anyone who has been hurt in a relationship can identify with her words. I felt a sense of sisterhood reading her words. It was comforting to know I was not alone in my journey. Definitely a book I will read over and over.
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1,688 reviews21 followers
June 23, 2020
There was something so powerful in the way Stacy Kestwick poured her heart into this book. The words punched me right in the chest.

The Light, the Dark and the In Between showcases the power and pain and everything that comes with loving someone. And leaning to love again when your heart has been broken. As much as I wanted to devour every page, I took my time, and let this beauty soak right into my soul.
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202 reviews8 followers
May 23, 2022
Man I loved this! It was a super short read but I could have stayed in Stacy’s mind much longer. I have never highlighted so many lines in such a short book. I felt EVERY WORD and will be reading it again to absorb the words I didn’t the first time through
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Author 36 books1,561 followers
May 29, 2020
Kestwick sums up beautifully the transition from loss and heartbreak to healing, re-defining yourself and ultimately finding hope and love once again.
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498 reviews16 followers
August 1, 2020
I rarely read poetry but this was absolutely beautiful and emotional. It was raw and real. A power of self- discovery. It gave me hope of healing, finding love again, belief in myself.
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342 reviews11 followers
August 7, 2020
I don't read a lot of poetry, but when I do I'm usally all in, and with this poetry collection Stacy Kestwick just stole my heart. It's really an emotional and passionate book. Really loved it!
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194 reviews6 followers
July 22, 2020
A lovely group of poems that will resound with anyone who has dealt with heartbreak and then found love again. I love the illustrations scattered throughout the book.
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