A delightful first review has emerged of Farah Mendlesohn’s debut novel SPRING FLOWERING, by author Heather Rose Jones on her own blog, Alpennia.
An informed and thoughtful evaluation of the book concludes with these wonderful words:
If you’ve longed to read stories of women loving women in history with happy endings that ground their love and their happiness in the spirit of the times, then Spring Flowering will be a breath of fresh air and a hope for a new wave of lesbian historical fiction.
That’s a powerful recommendation, which we can only echo wholeheartedly; thank you, Heather, for your time and for your eloquent endorsement!
Reviews continue to read us in random order, including this response of 12 September by reviewer Michael Joseph to Chris Quinton’s intriguing novel COINS NOT ACCEPTED. The reviewer loved the set-up and world-building, and concluded with this paragraph:
Allan, Miles’ childhood friend, is our main conduit for information about the parallel world. His story comes out little by little but in the end his history is, sadly, not that different from what some young men still go through in this world.
We love Chris’s world-building and her characters, too, and we feel that if ever a book was ripe for a sequel it’s this one; thank you, Michael, for your time and your good opinion!
These are arriving in rather random order at the moment, so apologies for posting out of sequence, but it’s always delightful to know that one of our titles has made an impression.
Once again it’s Elin Gregory’s THE BONES OF OUR FATHERS which has attracted attention, this time with reviewer Maya at Gay Book Reviews, who – among other things – has this to say:
The pacing never let up and the book held my interest continually. I was impressed at how plot twist was resolved. There is constant give and take between romantic part and the main story plot. Both Mal’s and Rob’s insecurities are cleverly used to pave the road for the two to learn to trust each other. Neither of them had that kind of emotional support in their life before so they have trouble adjusting.
This is interesting and well-thought out story. […] I’m looking forward to more books from this author!
As are we all, Maya! (No pressure, then, Elin!)
Our good friends at The Novel Approach have recently given their verdict on Chris Quinton’s latest title, COINS NOT ACCEPTED. While we think it’s fair to say that the reviewer, Lindsey, was a little baffled at first, the end result is a charming and thoughtful appraisal of the book.
“I quite enjoyed this fairly unique story with its intriguing world building and interesting plot, even if I had to spend some time on the internet to figure out some of the historical and geographical references.”
Thank you, Lindsey – we totally agree that it’s an unusual tale and we’re glad you gave it a chance; as you’ve discovered, the magical world of Chris’s imagination is always well worth delving into!
Reviewers are loving THE BONES OF OUR FATHERS, the new, contemporary story from Elin Gregory, and we can’t even pretend to be surprised! Delighted and grateful, of course, but not surprised at how well this novel is being received.
Dianne at It’s About the Book concluded:
I want everyone to read this story. Where goodness intersects with greed and grief. Where the past helps mold the future. It is a beautifully written encompassing of humanity – from the wonders of The Find, to the old and new Pemberland, to the families, the friends, the lovers … the individuals.
Fiona at Books Laid Bare Boys said:
A fantastic array of support characters enhance this story and I really enjoyed the message of ‘community’ that was highlighted by their acts and deeds throughout. The dialogue is humorous and witty. The sex scenes are naughty and very well described without being overly explicit, and there isn’t too much angst.
Thank you, both! You make this tale, quite rightly, sound nigh on irresistible.
We’re delighted (but not overly surprised!) to see the praise already starting for THE BONES OF OUR FATHERS by the wonderful Elin Gregory. It seems that Natalie at Hearts on Fire Reviews loved Elin’s story as much as we did:
What an utterly delightful time I had reading this! Another new-to-me-author, Elin Gregory completely lived up to the glowing reviews I’d seen for other books. She transported this Florida lady into the middle of a small Welsh village and if it wasn’t so cold, I’d move there.
Thank you very much to Natalie and to all the Hearts on Fire team! It looks like that Welsh village is going to need to hurry up its development of the new housing estate …
We were happy to see a short but very positive review of WHILE YOU SEE A CHANCE by Alexa Milne, courtesy of Sue at Books Laid Bare Boys.
This book was quite simply beautiful. … I was left with a sense of peace that is hard to describe.
This romance features older main characters, which we would love to see more of in our genre – and with a response like that, maybe you’ll agree!
Meanwhile, one of our backlist titles – BUTTERFLY HUNTER by Julie Bozza – continues to make new friends, thanks to the support of Australian author NR Walker and her own tale of butterfly hunting, IMAGO.
Tori (Vicki) of Love Bytes LGBTQ Book Reviews was inspired by IMAGO to give my book a go, and I’m delighted to say she obviously enjoyed it!
I loved this book, the story was engaging even though it was simple. Just two men looking for butterflies in the outback. … I was concerned about Dave and Nicholas, and wanted this to work out so badly for them. I loved them as a couple and they deserve all of the good things!
Now is a great time to give either (or both!) of these titles a try, as all our backlist titles are 25% off at Smashwords, for the whole month of July.
We wish you happy reading!
To our great delight, two of our books have recently received Honourable Mentions in the 2017 Rainbow Awards!
Commenting on our Jane Austen-inspired anthology A CERTAIN PERSUASION, one reviewer wrote this: “While I enjoyed almost all of the stories, I think my favorite was by editor Julie Bozza. Most of the other stories were relatively straightforward romances, but Bozza’s contained the convoluted conflicts of Austen’s works and seemed to me the most successful of all the stories. The book was well-edited and proofed, always welcome features. I highly recommend the book to any Jane Austen fans, and really, to Dear Readers in general.”
The reviewers who assessed Dorian Dawes’s wonderfully strange HARBINGER ISLAND were also enthusiastic, with one commenting: “Delightfully creepy tale that could well have been part of the Twilight Zone series, complete with menacing townsfolk and rotting buildings A different twist is given in part by the main characters who are mostly transgender. Interesting and spooky plot.”
We’d like to congratulate Dorian and all our anthology authors, and also to thank the reviewers for their time and comments: Rainbow Awards season is always an exciting time, and these two Honourable Mentions have got the 2017 Awards off to a flying start for Manifold Press!