It’s been a good week for reviews

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smileI’ve been smiling more than usual this week. One of the challenges of getting a book to be noticed among the millions that are published is to get reviews — preferably good ones, but even a “meh” review can add to the credibility of the comments posted on a site like Amazon.

One valuable asset for a book is a detailed review by an independent source such as a book blogger. Because book reviewers are often flooded with requests for reviews, simply getting one of them to select my title is a biggie. Yes, there are sites where I could pay someone to review my book — but I’m looking for genuine feedback, not a paid endorsement, so I skip over those. These unpaid reviews are like gold — or like lead if the reviewer doesn’t like what they read. It’s a risk I’m willing to take.

This week, two separate reviewers posted their takes on two of my novels, and I couldn’t be more pleased.

The Daughters’ Baggage — reviewed on OnlineBookClub.org — awarded 4 out of 4 stars:
“It is put together beautifully and very well written and enthralling. The book moves at a steady pace that is neither too fast nor too slow. The poignant descriptions of relationship and bonding in the book moved me to tears. This book is a wonderful read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys fiction and is interested in issues of social justice in modern American society and the impact of trauma for individuals and families!”  <read the complete review>

Memories & Secrets — reviewed on Flurries Unlimited (formerly Flurries of Books) — awarded 5 out of 5 stars:
“…well-written, engaging and hard to put down. The drama is palpable and the emotion visceral …Memories and Secrets is a strong novel about loss, remorse and love. It shows a magical journey of discovery taken by two women long-separated by distance, time, secrets and a fifty year age gap. It is well worth reading.” <read the complete review>

Thank you, reviewers, for taking the time to read and comment on my most recent novels. I’m on cloud nine!

 


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