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Touching, Heartwarming and so Surprising,
This review is from: Strangers & Pilgrims (Paperback)
So I bought the book on the recommendation of a lovely lady on the Twittersphere. It took me three days to go for it: I'm so sick of books. Lately I've only persisted with the truly awful ones just to make sure that they were as bad as I thought they would be. And they were.
'Strangers and Pilgrims' lay on the bedside table waving at me for another week. Oh heck, here we go again, I thought. Surely, it can't be any good if it's an indie-self-published-thingy, I said to myself? I'm not a woman in tune with all that New-Agey-Inner-Goddess-Within-type stuff either, so why do I buy these things?
The blurb on the back was intriguing and so was the device that brought the characters together. My ageing eyes protested at the size of the print but I started anyway and ....gulp!.... be still my beating heart. It was 4am when I finished and I had to get up and walk around the garden to calm myself. It touched me, moved me in unexpected places; it made me smile and I was left joyful. So there are a few typos - so what? I found them not only endearing but useful. The prose was just so easy on the heart, the dialogue flowed effortlessly and the experience was so sensuous that I`m convinced that a little gremlin planted them typos to make me pause and not race through it.
There was a bit that I hadn't seen coming (and I'm the smug know-it-all who can solve the crime in 12 pages, give or take 100) so I re-read the book in a different order, following each character. It was time to get up and I'm still thinking about the pilgrims and how I missed the clues. Game, set and match to Vivienne Tuffnell for her truly exceptional gifts.
I lost something too: my cynicism around mystical, magical, spiritual, reflective - what's the word, someone? - novel. Gone is my prejudice against the indie author-publisher. I'm going to get me a Kindle and go hunting for the rest of them, wherever they are. I think I like books again, too, so thanks V.T. - you're an angel.
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Initial post: 11 Sep 2011 12:59:17 BDT
Mrs. Vivienne Tuffnell says:
Thank you so very much for a heartwarming review. It's made my day to read this.
I was myself given a Kindle this year for my birthday and it's been a revelation: the sorts of books I'd given up hoping for are there in abundance.
I am preparing a new book for publication this autumn(I'm just back from holiday) so if you are interested, keep at eye out at my blog, http://zenandtheartoftightropewalking.wor
The indie revolution is here (typos and all: a few will slip through, even in traditionally published books, so thank you for your forebearance!) and I review some of my favourites from time to time here.
Once more, thank you.
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