Happy Monday to all! AKA – Share the love day! ♥

Today, I’m delighted to share my review for Discovery: Poetry and Art by Rick and Jan Sikes. I’m also honoured to say that I have a signed hardcover version of this beautiful collection of poetry and art. It’s a collection I often revisit; a testament to the treasure found within.

Jan Sikes

Author, Jan Sikes
Author, Jan Sikes

Multi-Award winning author, Jan Sikes, began her writing career as a young girl. Her first work was a gospel song. She had an uncle whom she loved dearly, but he was an alcoholic and his drinking caused such family discord that at times, resulted in him being banished from their home. So, she wrote a song about Uncle Luke finding Jesus. That is her first memory of feeling the passion deep down to her toes for writing and for music.

When her husband passed away in 2009, she thought someone would come along and write the story of his unique and inspiring life. She awoke one morning to realize she was the only one who could write it, since she was the only one there with him through it all. So, she took several Creative Writing courses at local community colleges and went to work.

Her books are true stories about the journey of two people moving through adversity in order to grow and learn to become better humans. She believes with all her heart there is something worthy of sharing in these stories. Bits and pieces of wisdom, hard-learned lessons and above and beyond all, love…True love that you read about in fiction stories and yet this is truth. The old saying that truth is stranger than fiction fits these stories.

She also releases a music CD of original songs along with each book that fits the time period of the story. Why? Because the stories revolve and evolve around a passion for music.

Jan has also developed several writing workshops that you can get more information about on her website.

She is widowed, lives in North Texas, volunteers at music festivals, has five incredible grandchildren and serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Authors Institute of History, The North Texas Book Festival and the Texas Musicians Museum.

My Review


A remarkable journey, depicting the power of the human spirit and the majestic beauty of enduring love.

Discovery by Jan and Rick Sikes is a powerful, compelling collection of poetry and art that has touched me deeply. The authors unveil emotions that few among us would ever reveal or even dare to claim. They take you on a journey with such candour, poised with loss and hope, and an unassuming grace that will stay with you long after you’ve finished. This is a gem of a book and a gift for the soul. A remarkable journey, depicting the power of the human spirit and the majestic beauty of enduring love.

A highly recommended read for sure!

You can connect with Jan via social media and her author and blog pages:

Jan’s Website: www.jansikes.com
Facebook – Author Jan Sikes
Twitter @rijanjks
Jan’s Blog

To read other works by Jan Sikes, you can visit her website or Amazon Author page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Happy reading!

Natalie Ducey

With a BA in Psychology, Natalie has worked in the Counselling field for 15 years. Through her work and personal journey, she has witnessed the remarkable power of the human spirit. Now, as an author, poet, and designer, she is passionate about stories that touch the heart and awaken the soul. Through words and art, she aspires to offer solace and hope, love and understanding.

She was born and raised in beautiful Newfoundland, Canada, with her two brothers and twin sister. She now resides in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, a soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces, and their little dog, Bella. She loves kayaking and the freedom and serenity of being one with water. She is an avid reader, passionate writer, and seeker of tranquility along life’s mystifying journey.


  1. A wonderful review for Jan. I’ve read her series of books and imagine that Discovery is every bit as equally inspiring. She is a talented lady with an amazing story to share.

  2. Oh my, Natalie! What a wonderful surprise to find in my email this morning. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading and reviewing Discovery. You are a rockstar!

  3. What a beautiful and well deserved post for Jan. I’ve read all her books including Discovery and completely agree with your review, it is a must read book of poetry and art.

      1. I love that, too. Poetry is such a beautiful art form. I hope you like the poetry of No Fairy Tale:)

  4. What a lovely review, Natalie. I’m looking forward to reading Discovery. Thank you for the added encouragement! ♥

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