Once in a while, a reader takes the time to pen their thoughts in some detail after having read a book. Happily for me, so far, these folk tend to be those who have enjoyed the experience. As a writer, I am especially grateful when readers explain themselves. Below is one such, reproduced with permission. Thank you, Madeline.
I’m writing to tell you that I read your book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I don’t read fiction very often, my nose usually stuck conscientiously in self-help books.
I can imagine the work that has gone into writing this novel. I found it to be amazing in its depth and construction.
The Kate story is so enjoyable, what a great character. I didn’t think I was going to like her much initially, but I found I sympathised with her and admired her more and more.
I was so enthralled by the bracelet holding it all together.
I’m amazed at your insights, often understated making them all the more powerful and interesting.
Your book really had me involved.
My favourite story was Emeline and Dennis.
And I enjoyed your cleverly conceived twist at the end, revealed through the letters between Millie and Jim. (So sad).
The gemology aspect was really cool.
I loved the way you let the reader come in and be witness to the stories and characters.
Beautiful treatment of your family history and wonderful writing.
Thank you for your good work.
Yours sincerely, Madeline