I’ve been rather low recently as I have had a recurrence of cancer after 7 years of being in remission. As you might realise I am not looking forward to another major operation next week to try and rid my body of the disease once and for all.
However, I was delighted to receive an email at the weekend from Nonnie Jules, President of the Rave Reviews Book Club. She is an extremely busy lady, but had kindly agreed some time ago to review my novel ‘A House Without Windows’. I must admit that with Nonnie’s long list of books to read I had put any forthcoming review to the back of my mind with everything else that was going on in my life, but to receive her 5-star seal of approval at a time of great tribulation was a definite boost to me.
I have added her review below, as I think it’s one of the best reviews I’ve ever received, and so would like to share it with you. Once again, thank you Nonnie – you’ll never know just how much your review has cheered me up!
5.0 out of 5 stars BOOKS LIKE THIS MAKE ME WANT TO READ NOTHING BUT “INDIE” ALL THE TIME!,23 Nov 2014
This review is from: A House Without Windows (Kindle Edition)
I must take a deep breath before I begin this review. I will share with you why, I must take this pause. Only a couple of days ago I finished reading another book (see below, 11/20/14) and it was awesome. Straight off the heels of that read, I pick this one up and I didn’t put it down until I’d completed the ENTIRE read! This book, A HOUSE WITHOUT WINDOWS, has been on my TBR list for a very long time. Now, I have to honestly say, I hate it took me so long to get to it. Authors come to me for reviews because they KNOW that they will get only honest ones. That’s evident, because every book you see sitting in my que, does not make it onto this page. Some don’t even make it onto Amazon, as the review I might give, would hurt them so much more than me not posting a review at all. So, I don’t know what you’ve heard before, but let me tell you the “truth” about A HOUSE WITHOUT WINDOWS.
When I began this read, the first thought that came to mind was the Ariel Castro kidnappings. As I watched that horrid story unfold back in early 2013, I felt the same tightening in my chest with every page turned in this book. It was unreal! Why? Because this story about a kidnapped young woman and her daughter who were held hostage for almost a decade, in a tiny room without any windows or sight of the outside world, was beautifully crafted and so well-told. While driving, I found myself “still” thinking about this book, wondering how a writer could tell such a tale, in the most marvelous of ways, without having experienced the actual pain. Readers have asked me the same question about my own novel, Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend, wondering if any of it were true. As my novel is all fiction, and if this one is all fiction, too, Stevie Turner is a writer for the ages! To be able to create a story of this magnitude, the author has to be extremely gifted and talented! This author is! Someone asked me to tell them what I found wrong with the book, if anything. Well, I did come across a couple of punctuation hiccups that were so small, I don’t feel the need to share it while raving about this FAN-TABULOUS BOOK! And RAVING about it, is what I plan to do for a very long time! RRBC members often email me and ask “Nonnie, what’s a good book to read?” I always respond with “Any that are sitting on NONNIE’S “RAVE” REVIEWS page.” Isn’t that where this one is sitting? Well, I guess you better go get the book so you can RAVE about it yourself! Books like this make me want to read nothing but INDIE books all the time! Kudos to the author!