FRIDAY FAVORITE: Sonnets in Waking Moments by Joszann St. John


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The onset of the Great Depression beginning in 1929 and the subsequent World War Two was a period fraught by turmoil and uncertainty. On the world stage different political ideologies vied for dominance while the devastated world economy needed a permanent solution. It is against this backdrop of instability and crisis that Sonnets in Waking Moments unfold. Set in Canada and New York City, Sonnets in Waking Moments recounts the challenges of living and loving during the Great Depression. From Toronto’s Junction neighborhood to a convent in New York City, the characters are larger than life. Their individual stories create many memorable and inspiring moments. The novel captures the essence of social relationships and the culture that would eventually shape the years following the preceding decade. Defining moments include the first royal visit in 1938 by a reigning monarch to Canada and the lasting legacy of a rich and vibrant immigrant heritage as seen in the Irish history of New York City. Join Anna Agnelli, Ralph, Viola, Frank, and other personalities as they journey through the turbulent decades of the 1930s and 1940s in Sonnets in Waking Moments.


“I see the cut has healed up nicely,” Mark touched the still-bruised area. He lifted her chin slightly as he angled her head. A small sound broke free from her throat when she realized his intentions. Viola struggled to escape as he backed her into the wall.

“There will be no one else for me, Mi Corazon. You have stolen my heart for all time. I promise it’s the truth,” Mark was ardent in his confession. He bent his head and brushed his lips once, twice, gentle and purposefully over her trembling ones. Viola’s entire body went rigid with shock, her silent acquiescence all the proof Mark needed to confirm what he already knew. He released her just as quickly. If the wall had not been supporting her, she most likely would have collapsed at his feet. Mark moved away, putting space between them; he pushed both hands into the opposite wall annoyed at his folly. The last thing he wanted to do was to scare her, and from the look in her eyes, he was afraid that he’d done just that.


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About the Author

Joszann St. John is the author of five books including, Wounded Bird No More, a collection of poems, exploring myriad human emotions, as it tackles the many challenging realities of life and living. Wounded Bird No More, is also the title name of her blog, and faith ministry as she reaches out to inspire the lost and hurting. Joszann is a lifelong student of history, which fuels her passion for the historical novel. Sonnets in Waking moments her second novel and most recent release recounts the turbulent era of the Great Depression. A native of Dominica, she migrated to Canada in 1996. A passionate advocate on women issues, an avid blogger and emerging speaker, she currently resides in New York City. When she’s not writing, Joszann likes the outdoors, inspiring others, reading, going to church and listening to music.


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