Monday, April 29, 2013

Reviews: When Readers Interact With Authors

Reviews can be delightful and encouraging.  Sometimes they can leave an author wondering if the reviewer read the same book we wrote.   Some readers use reviews to decide whether or not they want to read a novel or not.  I thought I'd share a few of my more recent reviews with the blog readers and let you decide if you agree, if you want more, or not.







Urban Renewal review from Amazon.com
Reader review from Amazon.com – reviews like this make my day!
This book is for anyone who has experienced that intense first love and still holds a small piece of it in their heart. As I was reading the reunion between Marie and Joe, I wondered if someone who hadn't experienced this would grasp that even though many years had passed, it would be as if it never had when they were once again reunited. The author captures this well. She also knows what is important in the story. She only touches briefly on Marie as Mercedes, which is all we need to know. This story is about "going home" and finding yourself again. Learning what is truly important in life. I absolutely loved her description of Marie walking into Ma's house and taking in all the nostalgia. I'm apparently around the same age as Marie, because I remembered all of this from when I was young. It was a fun trip down memory lane. This was a heartwarming love story, and I will definitely read more by this author.



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Reviewer: Alberta
Review: Katie is a young widow with no money and no place to go except a widows’ and orphans’ home run by the service organization her husband belonged to. She is forced to be a domestic drudge, living without cheer or any life to look forward to at this home.
She meets the young schoolmaster, Everett, and begins a friendship with him, which turns to love. I always enjoy Murphy’s characters, and I liked these two as well. I did wish there were a bit more conflict or hero’s journeys here, but The Widow’s End is just a very sweet love story that leaves you feeling good.


Romance, laughter, tears, suspense March 6, 2013
Review: This book grabbed my interest from the beginning and never waned. There was romance, laughter, tears, love, family memories plus mystery, conflict, a kidnapping, shootings and deaths. The book was set in Arkansas with references to California where Katy was running from. That Katy could hook up with her druggie husband and stay married to him for as long as she did seemed out of character once you got to “know” her. For Katy to meet Ben only when he picked her up from the bus station to take her to her aunt’s house and ultimately fall in love seemed a little farfetched only because of where they both were in their lives. Ben was a loner who had lost his wife 10 years before and basically didn’t interact with many people. Katy was running away from the drug lord and his posse that killed both her dog and her no good husband. She knew she would be next since she couldn’t pay his debts. Little by little Katy and Ben came to trust each other, fell in love and each became the only thing that mattered to the other. Ben’s goal was to keep Katy safe no matter what whereas Katy wanted to stay hidden and out of the radar as long as possible. Their friendship led to love and it was sweet to watch their feelings grow. There was a happily ever after and all the loose ends were tied up by the end of the book. I haven’t read books by Sontheimer Murphy before but you can be sure I will give her other books a try.

Favorite Quote: …”If I send him home, you have to understand that you’ll need to be with him constantly for several days. This boy is very sick; he cannot be left while you go home or to work or to shop. Can you afford to miss work to take care of Ben?”
“Yes, I am a writer. I write novels to make a living.”
Dr. Anderson looked up from the prescriptions he scribbled, mouth open with surprise. “You do? By God, you do. My wife reads your books and I remember your picture.”
His recognition rattled for a moment. If he knew who she was, anyone could. She pushed the thought away, though, because right now Ben’s health took priority.

Reviewed by: JoAnn
Book provided by: Author
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
 
 

1 of 1 people found the following helpful
good story October 18, 2012
Dust Bowl Dreams

Henry Mink feels like the weight of the world is on his shoulders. Between the drought and the depression his family is barely hanging on. And now the bank is calling in the note on the farm. He needs to do something to get money and fast. But there are no jobs to be found. So Henry decides to rob a bank. His sweetheart school teacher, Mamie, doesn't approve and neither does his kid brother, Eddie. But Henry feels that he is out of options. Everything goes as planned and Henry's bank robbery is a success. He and Mamie get engaged and start planning a future together. He is able to pay off the loan on the house but other troubles seem to pop up every day and the money is running out quickly. The only thing to do is for him to rob another bank. His desperate attempt will either secure his families future or destroy it forever. Now all Henry needs is a miracle

Review: This book was a bit of a surprise for me, as I usually don't like books based in this era. But the author was able to pull me into this story and I found myself really enjoying it. The story is a good one that had me caring about what happened with this family and Henry's relationship with Mamie. There is a good amount of descriptive writing in here and I am usually not one for that but it wasn't annoying as it can sometimes be, since it was more about how Henry was seeing things than it was about just describing the areas that he visited. So I feel like it was important to the story. All in all this was a good read that made me feel uplifted in the strength of love.

Complimentary book given for a free review. Come see this review and more on juiesbookreview.blogspot.com
 
 
Wonderful Writing April 9, 2013
Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy writes well. Her voice in "The Widow's End" is so authentic it seems as though Katie Lafferty could have written the story herself. The verbs that move the story and the details chosen to bring the scenes to life are period perfect.

"The Widow's End" is a sweet story suitable for a romance reader of any age. I enjoyed getting to know Katie and her Latin teaching knight, but when the book came to an end I didn't experience that bittersweet pang one feels when closing the cover on a great book. That is why I only gave "The Widow's End" three stars.
 
 
jaz reviewed Devlin's Grace
1 of 1 people found the following helpful
A hero with a little bite and a caring heroine December 14, 2012
I was in the mood for a hero who had been in the military, but what drew me into this story was his creation of a dream woman that he imagined was always there for him. I had to get this book after reading that.

Gracie meets Devlin in a college class shortly after seeing him ride in on his motorcycle, complete with devil horns on his helmet. He's a bit intense and intimidating, yet at the same time she's drawn to him. The story plays out from Gracie's point of view, which is pretty good in having the reader learn about Devlin as she does.

Devlin is neither prince charming nor an anti-hero. He's serious, suffers PTSD which plays a prominent role in their story, and has other issues that have shaped his life. Gracie learns how to deal with certain situations that affect Devlin from his experiences in the military. With him she also gets to live a little outside her routine of work and school. Meanwhile Devlin learns what it's like to have someone really care about him, issues and all.

What I appreciated most about this story is the couple's relationship develops while doing everyday things - going out somewhere, getting a bite to eat, etc. The author kept it interesting with situations they had to work through. It's a pleasant break from a hero and heroine under constant danger with guns blazing, adrenaline pumping, and attitudes flying everywhere. Furthermore, there's no big misunderstanding or constant bickering and at the same time it wasn't on the opposite scale where everything's perfect.

Gracie and Devlin did come together a bit quickly and at times Gracie's thoughts leaned towards poetic in description, but neither disrupted the story. With regards to sensuality there are love scenes, but this story definitely has its best emphasis on the relationship outside the bedroom.

Overall, Devlin's Grace is a good read with a hero that has a strong presence and a heroine that complements him in more ways than he ever expected.

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