I would like to celebrate with you two new 5* reviews on Amazon this week, the first for Riduna (the island of Alderney, Channel Islands):
“I read this book as the precursor to Ancasta to ensure I understood the characters and settings, and I’m pleased that I did. The author paints an engaging picture of life on the island of 150 years ago, aspects of which I could relate to my own early years. The story tells the timeless dramas of life’s progress spanning many years against this fascinating background, and is very readable – you really feel you get to know the characters and the island.”
The reader continues in his praise of Ancasta:
“The Riduna story develops dramatically as it shifts its location to Itchen Ferry Village, Southampton, straddling the years of WWI. We move from small island life to the world stage. I know this area well, and have stepped in the footprints of the characters. There is a rich wealth of detail encompassing the incredible events of this period, and the author has researched well, but kept the historical aspects in context with the central characters. Most enjoyable, and I very much look forward to the next in the series!”
Do I know this kind and thoughtful reader you may ask? Is he a friend or long lost relation? No, he first emailed me saying he’d bought the books when searching for the telephone number of The Yacht Tavern in Itchen Ferry village (most say Woolston unless you live there, where the people are very particular to differentiate and always have done, rightly so) I have met him subsequently. Following a successful book signing session at West Quay Waterstones Southampton I took my parents to the Yacht for lunch and I signed the gentleman’s books and had a lovely chat.
I particularly liked the way he talked of walking in the footsteps of the characters and several people, who have written emails to me after borrowed the books from local libraries down in Hampshire, said much the same thing.
Other positive reviews recently received recently were from a reading group in Luton, Bedfordshire and yet again I knew none of them (I am writing this for the writers among you) The feedback was that all enjoyed the book although it was not a genre they would normally pick up to read, preferring thrillers and murder mysteries. I was so grateful for their feedback because firstly they had not read the first in the series Riduna and secondly they lived no where near the settings of the novel and so I was assured that their unfamiliarity did not diminish their enjoyment of Ancasta.
Having said all of this I do appreciate any feedback, especially from writers who will point out the finer details. I can learn much from their feedback which will enable me to refine my craft for future writing. I always ask readers and writers for their honest opinions, as I hope I would give myself.
If you have read either of my books and would like to let me know what you think, but would rather email me here’s the address:
I look forward to hearing from you.