GLOWING REVIEW FROM WRITER’S DIGEST
“An artistic touch and tender tapping at emotion”
“I read a second time just to enjoy the depth of it”
“A gem of the book”
“An Alice Sebold feel to the cadence of the book, the magic in descriptions, and the pauses that the author uses so brilliantly”
“Packs so much [emotional] depth in the author’s hands”
“I very much enjoyed this book, and saw it as a movie while reading”
A Review by Judge #62, 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards.
“Beautiful cover image, designed well. It’s a relief that the author chose to depart from the literal image of a deer for this. Creates a more mystical first impression for the reader.
The author handles the plot device of the departed keeping a presence in this world very well, and with a fresh take by pairing her with the deer’s spirit as well. We believe that Bobby can see her, due to the author’s masterful detailing and patient pace in revealing Bobby’s awareness.
Author writes setting extremely well, layering the forest and other settings with sensory detail that allows us to be present in the scenes as well. Author didn’t stop at just the visual, which is a welcome element. We get scents, tastes, textures, and I especially like how the author handled the crispness of outdoor air. We get breezes in movements and action scenes that really add to the realism. Author has put a lot of effort into establishing a fully realized sense of place and presence.
Some beautiful phrases in this story, and some deep insights, such as ‘the typical guilt trips we play on people who we wish would stop yelling and see our worth.’ I read that a second time just to enjoy the depth of it. Author rings true with that concept.
The idea of taking back a kiss also engages the reader’s thoughts. Another gem of the book.
The author has given Bobby the dog a lot of human qualities, personifying him as much as many of the human characters. He is a main player in the story, and author has done well to add layers and expressions to him. Very well done.
There is definitely an Alice Sebold feel to the cadence of the book, the magic in descriptions, and the pauses that the author uses so brilliantly. “Bobby barked…just once…” The author uses these beats of silence beautifully, conveying so much emotion in the reader. A simple, short phrase like this packs so much depth in the author’s hands.
I enjoyed the question of whether or not spirits should have contact with humans, a departure from stories using the ‘present spirit’ plot device. Author takes the proven concept (again, an Alice Sebold reminder) and adds fresh layering to it. I very much enjoyed this book, and saw it as a movie while reading. Well done.”