You know, it is hard to recall any other books before the Twilight Series came into my life!! LOL! I guess the characters just left a lasting impressions on me! However, I do have other favorites that are stored somewhere in my memory! (I just have to get Edward and Jacob out of the way . . . )
One of the most poetic and beautifully written books that I have read in a long time is "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd. This is an emotional tale about a young girl who is trying to find her place or rather, purpose in the world without the guidance of a mother. She embarks on a journey of self discovery and self validation that I think could comfort any broken heart.
I particularly enjoyed Sue Monk Kidd's style of writing. She uses such strong symbolism and imagery in her sentences that I found myself wanted to read the book again just to highlight some of its passages. One example (of many) that paints a stunning visual image for me is at a point in the book where the characters are walking through the woods saying the Lord's prayers together. Kidd writes,
"We walked along the river with the words streaming behind us like ribbons in the night."
I highly recommend this book to anyone! Just like a bee's sweet honey, this book can heal you in a variety of ways! (Okay, that was my attempt at a one line review!! :)