Sunday Book Reviews – Rhymes of the Times and A Favorite Son

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

My Sunday book review is another double-header on 2 books, Judy Martin’s delightful book of fun poems, Rhymes of the Times and Uvi Poznansky’s book, A Favorite Son.


Whatever your mood, you’re sure to find one of Judy’s poems to relate to and make you smile in Rhymes of the Times

Book - Rhymes of the Times, Judy Martin

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Are you one of those people that barge through life, trying to get through it as best as you can, swimming against the everyday worries and stresses of life? Well, I have found a way to make it much more enjoyable.
Don’t you think everything sounds better when it rhymes? I certainly do. In fact, I have found that everything from doing the housework to growing older, can sound more positive and less daunting when made into a little ditty.
This book is about finding the humour, or raising a smile from the everyday things that we can all relate to in life, and looking at them from a different perspective. Nothing escapes versification; there is even a subject on sex! After all, that is one subject where there is plenty of room for laughter, even if it may not be the right moment!


My 5 Star Review

This little book of witty poems features snippets of the author’s take on some of life’s most common topics. The sections are nicely broken down, making it easy to navigate over to whatever topic you may be in the mood to read – a little pick me up from the author’s life written in rhyme.
With her lyrical and whimsical sense of humor, Martin can brighten anyone’s day and have us relating to some of the things she writes about in her entertaining poetry. A fun read!


A modern day spin on a classic biblical story, A Favorite Son

A Favorite Son by Uvi Poznansky

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This story is a present-day twist on the biblical story of Jacob and his mother Rebecca plotting together against the elderly father Isaac, who is lying on his deathbed, in order to get their hands on the inheritance, and on the power in the family. This is no old fairy tale. Its power is here and now, in each one of us.

Listening to Yankle telling his take on events, we understand the bitter rivalry between him and his brother. We become intimately engaged with every detail of the plot, and every shade of emotion in these flawed, yet fascinating characters. He yearns to become his father’s favorite son, seeing only one way open to him: deceit.

In planning his deception, it is not love for his father, nor respect for his age that drives his hesitation–rather, it is the fear to be found out. And so–covering his arm with the hide of a kid, pretending to be that which he is not–he is now ready for the last moment he is going to have with his father.

This is so much more than a morality tale. Do you find sibling rivalry in adults intriguing? Are you troubled by the notion that the sins of the fathers will be visited upon the children? If so, you will find this story utterly captivating.

My 5 Star Review

A modern take on a biblical tale, in this story of two brothers, Jacob and Esau, the twin sons of Isaac and Rebecca and their power struggle in their desire to take over the family patriarch and inheritance as their father is dying.

Only one minute in time separates the hierarchy for these brothers as Esau was born first, hence to take over tradition as the eldest son to inherit. But with the aid of his mother’s deceit to betray his father, Jacob finds a way to betray his father and elder brother by tricking his father into believing Jacob is Esau in order to steal what rightfully belongs to Esau.

In this world created by the author, combining ancient times and modern day times, Poznansky weaves timeless lessons of love, family, deceit and repercussions and demonstrates how family dysfunction exists not only today, but in ancient times.


18 thoughts on “Sunday Book Reviews – Rhymes of the Times and A Favorite Son

  1. STOP already – I can’t keep up! πŸ™‚

    I have a love/hate relationship with poetry. I hate that, unlike prose (which I can speed-read), poetry makes me slow down to read and reflect — and love how I always feel whenever I do.

    The biblical retelling sounds fascinating and relevant – but could you at least slow down a little-bitty bit? You are showing the rest of us up!! πŸ™‚

    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”


    1. Lol Madelyn. Let me first say, Judy’s book of poems is not your average poetry, it’s poems on life and situations, very entertaining. Second, you’ll be glad to know that next Sunday will be my last book review till April. And just imagine how many book reviews I’ll have by then to add, LOL. I know not every book is for everyone’s tastes, I just like to share what I’ve read and if it resonates with some, then I’ve helped a fellow author with a new reader. πŸ™‚ ❀


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