I am including here a sampling of what some people say about my first novel which I found both informative and helpful:
This one is after my own heart because I thought the reviewer understood what I was attempting to do. It is quite detailed and shows where the reviewer is coming from. It uses a practice that apparently many professional reviewers use—take a sampling either of three chapters or of so many words (Did you think they read the whole book? Yes, I did, too.):
First 7500 words blogspot:“If you want a deep, introspective, maybe even complex adventure of real life issues intercepting relationships, read this novel. If you want the one and only focus to be the characters slobbering over each other, look elsewhere. This novel is written in a tone that is rarely ever seen in our own time. It is a treat.”—Potential:5/5
And here are two very special ones. For me, they are so personal and it seems I have given these readers some nice moments with the book. Those moments, after all, are what I aim for in writing:
“Very Good North and South Sequel”—Xenia on amazon: “My most favorite thing about the book is the love between John Thornton and Margaret Hale which is constant. It never faltered, not even once. That aspect, I think, is very important to the story and honors Elizabeth Gaskell.” Elsewhere though, Xenia does disagree with the treatment of a character: “I do wish though that in Margaret of The North that Hannah Thornton did not remain so mean spirited….”—4/5
“Wonderful!”—S. Marcelle on amazon: “Altogether, it was surprising how much I enjoyed it. It lacks one star because of something that I experienced from the original author that I did not experience here. Ms. Gaskell interwove into her story her beliefs about God without being preachy, or forced, and brought into North and South some amazing discussions regarding religion, faith, and life after death. This story seemed to capture everything but that.”—4/5
Here’s one definitely far from glowing but is well-balanced, given where the reviewer is coming from. I find it difficult to get anyone male to read this book—not my husband, not my son nor my nephews, not a male friend. So, in fact, I am grateful to David. I “friended” him on goodreads.com after he wrote this well-considered review. Still, I will say this: Yes, David, love can last and even grow across the years. I know because I have seen it happen more than once.
“Living Happily Ever After”—David Lloyd on amazon: “While the sequel is fairly well written, I found that the method of telling the story through the eyes, and more specifically – through the minds of the characters, left me somewhat detached. Reflections ran on for a little too long and I found too much of the text repetitive.”—3/5
The book has yet to receive 1/5 or 2/5. But I am not crossing my fingers that what some people say about my book will not depress me. It’s early yet and people I pitched to generally liked this type of book. I did get my husband to read and review it, posted here.
A few more recent reviews are found here.