A big thank you to everyone who has posted a review of ‘The Shelter’ at Amazon. Most recently to Mark who gave the book five stars and said:
“For a first novel this was mightily impressive. The more I read, the more it became a real page-turner, the kind that makes you grumpy if you get interrupted or have to go to work/sleep, or cook or go shopping.
The character development was essentially believable, with Harry especially endearing (probably because of his crankiness). The interplay between 1944 and 2004 worked persuasively; and although you could sense quite early where the plot line was heading, there were enough twists and turns to make sure you could never be sure..
It left me with a duality of feeling: impatience for the next two in the trilogy, yet anxiety as to whether they can reach the same standard. I am willing to have a punt that they will, and will be ordering both as soon as they are available.“
Mark’s comments really did make my day.
He isn’t the only reader to have given the book five stars and posted a review. Thanks also go to David, Mike, Victoria, Janice and to ‘Mighty Mouse’ who all gave the book five stars and posted a review. Positive reviews really help to attract new readers, so thank you all so much.
A big ‘hello’ to Jacky from The Netherlands, who contacted me during the week about her interest in the book and all things Bletchley Park. Jacky is my first Dutch reader, or will be when she gets the complimentary copy that I have just mailed her. I hope you enjoy the book, Jacky.
Complimentary copies of ‘The Shelter’ also went this week to the Landlord of The Galleon (the little pub beside the Grand Union Canal at Wolverton, featured in Chapter One) and to Lara, at the Bletchley Circle Watchers group, who lives in Canada – so another international reader.
The Galleon (incidentally) will also be featuring in book three and the events that take place there in 1944 are central to the trilogy’s over-arching plot. But you’ll have to wait to find out why…
Continuing interest in ‘The Shelter’ has helped to keep me buzzing through what was otherwise, frankly, a pretty rotten week. It is amazing how lifting a couple of good reviews can be – so please keep them coming! All I need to do now, is get my head down and crack on with book three…