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Romance With A Touch of Love

Kevin Hollingsworth

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781432771386

Reviewer: William Phenn

“Romance With A Touch of Love” is a quaint little poetry book that one could be read from start to finish while waiting for the doctor.

Do not be fooled by its short 23 pages. For its length, it packs an entertaining read on every page. Mr. Hollingsworth has a descriptive style that brings you into his thoughts; you can envision what he is remembering and what he sees in his mind.

Beginning with “American Princess,” you can imagine what she looks like from his descriptive verbiage; you can almost feel “the softness of her skin.” Then, in “Death and Marriage,” you feel the anguish that he has over his lost love. For such a religious man as Kevin Hollingsworth seems, it is a tragic blow to his faith when his prayers are not answered.

In an attempt at a dark poem, Kevin Hollingsworth pens one called “Alone.” In it, he describes the stark realization he has that “she” is gone. The torment of such a thought leaves him in agony with only “loneliness admiring him.”

I thought that “Romance With A Touch of Love” by Kevin Hollingsworth was entertaining for its short few pages. I would have liked to have read more of Mr. Hollingsworth’s work and wished that this brief sample of his literary talent would have continued for at least another twenty-five pages, but that is not the case. I gave it a well-deserved B on my scale, and although I think it a bit pricey for only 23 pages, it is a good read. I would recommend it to a general audience since it does not contain anything that would be objectionable to minors.