The last several news cycles seem to have been dominated by politics. It's been hard to get some traction with my new novel THE YEAR OF LOVING. But early this morning a gracious email arrived from a blogger whose reviews I really enjoy. Her name is Jen Thorpe and she writes for No Market Collective. She said she wanted to capture the emotional quality of the story without giving away too many details about it. The linkto her review was attached. What a great review! She wrote, in part:
The Year of Loving is what I would describe as a romance novel with a drama rolled into it. There are some hot sex scenes to look forward to. Some situations are presented in quirky, amusing, ways, which made me giggle. (The “meet cute” at the start of the book had me laughing!) In addition, the book includes some painful moments, any of which could set the reader off on a “good cry”. The story runs the range of emotions, which makes the book feel a bit like a sample box of chocolates. We all have our favorites, but the ones we tend to avoid are good, too.
This was a really fun and thoughtful review. I ely loved the comparison to a sample box of chocolate, and anyone who's read the novel will get the sly humor.... Midwest Book Reviews also featured THE YEAR OF LOVING on their Small Press Bookwatch page. I was really happy to see that--Midwest Book Reviews is a quality review outlet. The review read:
Critique: A deftly crafted and compelling read from beginning to end, "The Year of Loving" clearly showcases author Traci Slatton's genuine flair for storytelling. While very highly recommended, ely for community library Contemporary Romance & General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Year of Loving" is also available in a Kindle format ($4.99).
I appreciated the inclusion of the business of book selling! So two new reviews of THE YEAR OF LOVING, excellent ones!