Thursday, September 16, 2010

an unexpected and stellar review

Current work: second revisions on the Venice book (last push because it has to be done today)
Listening to: Robert Plant, Band of Joy
Reading: Freya North, Home Truths (still enjoying)

Had a wonderful surprise yesterday – a lovely review for Neurosurgeon…and Mum! on Dear Author.

Sunita, the reviewer, was absolutely lovely and gave it a B+. Yes, she saw flaws in it, but she was honest and constructive about it rather than snarky (which is very much appreciated, because I can learn from that and make my books better – constructive criticism, for me, makes a much better review than a post full of mockery). And there was praise as well as criticism.

This is what she had to say:

“This is a pretty realistic, down to earth story with characters who could live next door to you, and with whom I would happily have dinner. The hurdles Amy and Tom face in terms of Amy’s decisions about her professional life, deciding whether they are committed enough to move forward as a family, and the lingering effects of their past relationships are dealt with very well.”

The bit that really warmed me, though? Excuse the trumpet-blowing, but when reviewers come out with a line like this, it’s brilliant crow-dealing material. So I’m going to share it (take that, crows) :

“the lovely characterizations of the main characters, the realistic feel of the setting and the storyline, and Ms. Hardy’s usual excellent writing made this a very enjoyable read”

Wow. Just wow. Dear Sunita, I’ve been having a pretty rubbish week, work-wise, and you just made it a whole lot nicer with your review. Thank you very much. (And you can see the full review if you click on the link to DA above.)


Lacey Devlin said...

I'm in the middle of reading it at the moment and I love, love, love it. Right now I can't see how they could possibly get their HEA poor Amy's had such a hard time.

Caroline said...

Ohh what a lovely review! Just what you need to cheer you up! Caroline x

Shirley Wells said...

A great review, Kate, and thoroughly deserved. Congratulations!