There has been so much in the news recently about reviews, if they are genuine, if they are necessary, if they are too time consuming to bother with! From the point of view of an avid reader and author, I love reviews. As a reader, I check reviews out to see what others have thought of a book before I buy it. As an author, if someone takes the time to tell me that they love my work and that my words have made them feel such emotion that they have either laughed so much that they almost forgot to put their baby to bed, or cried as they were touched by what a character has gone through, then that brings tears of happiness to my eyes and makes the hard work of bringing a book to publication worth all of the effort involved.
Here are some of my favourite reads from my kindle at the moment. I have read and reviewed all of them. Click the book covers to go to their Amazon pages.
Here are a few of the reviews for my books recently:
If you love me, I’m yours.
‘Nobody writes like Lizzie Chantree. If You Love Me, I’m Yours is another total triumph. The author effortlessly pulls together a colourful, eclectic and unforgettable cast, frames them in the exciting world of art, and weaves another wonderful story. A brilliant example of contemporary romance packed with depth, edge – and life lessons.’
‘I was attracted to the book by the description of three friends with issues to address and the pretty cover – and I’m not a lover of the colour pink normally!
What a lovely, well-written, funny, romantic tale about the life-changing decisions each character needs to make to bring happiness and fulfilment. Reading about Maud’s parents lack of encouragement for what she really wanted to do in life, struck a chord with me. I felt rather sad for her, as she must have been crushed as a child, and continued to be controlled by her mother, who dictated everything from how she must dress to what type of man she should date, and who was still constantly disappointed that Maud was not ‘perfect’. Is it any wonder she has low self-esteem and does not believe in her own ability?
I loved the quirky Dot, whose need to fit in with her own family, makes her present herself in an over-the-top, ridiculous way. The polar opposite of Maud. These two needed each other’s friendship to instil confidence and find balance, in order to reveal their true selves. And of course a little romance doesn’t hurt. Bring on the men, who also have issues to overcome before they can be truly happy.’
I really enjoyed reading this book, and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a contemporary romance.’
Ninja School Mum:
‘Lizzie Chantree’s books are like fine wines – they just keep on getting better! As always the main characters fizz and entrance, with underdogs and divas, harassed hunks and devilishly attractive but flawed rogues… The espionage aspect helps the seemingly workaday schoolyard environment along famously with catty cliques and beastly little brats, as well as adorable, yet still edgy kids.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading one of Lizzie’s books yet – treat yourself! She gives Jilly Cooper a run for your money in the racey stakes, coupled with the knowing charm of Jane Austen, in hilarious settings with characters that show contemporary chick-lit romances can hold their own when it comes to ballsy, brash behaviour!’
‘Now I will fully admit I don’t usually read a book unless it contains a vampire, shifter or the fay. Well I loved this book it is beautifully written and you really feel an insight into the lives of these women. It is well paced and a great read xxx loved it xx’
‘I LOVED this book!!
It was brilliant, so well written and heaps of fun! The plot is great and I nearly woke the baby up laughing when I was reading it in bed – such a brilliant pick me up for when you are feeing down. Skye is a brilliant character!
It has ups and downs and takes you through a wide range of emotions to give an excellent all round story – no hesitation in giving it 5 stars!!’
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15 thoughts on “BookLove.”
I actually enjoy leaving reviews, especially if I am enamoured enough to give them five stars. I see it as a way to pay-forward for the hundreds of reviews I will read for all the purchases I have coming up.
Of course It’s also lovely to receive nice reviews too. It’s reassuring to know that people enjoy my writing and this feedback is more precious to me than the (paltry) income I receive!
I like leaving positive reviews too. It’s a great way to let others know what is good to buy.
Thank you Lizzie!
Reviews are so important on many levels and you have some great ones Lizzie! Great reading list I see two that I loved there!
Thank you! You have some fantastic reviews too. One of them is from me as your books are really worth adding to people’s kindles and TBR lists. I review books I really enjoy as soon as I can to let people know about them.
Thanks Lizzie! I am the same I tend to only read and review the books I enjoy.
I too value reviews, Lizzie. They are like receiving a bouquet of flowers and if I receive a critical review, I take a good hard look too see how I can improve.
I love the idea that it’s like receiving flowers. It’s so true! Thanks for stopping by, Jan.
That’s a lovely way to think of it too Jan. 🙂
Despite Amazon’s efforts to convince us that reviews should be a thing of the past, I think they will continue to be a useful way to judge the quality of anything that we want to buy. Only yesterday, I had cause to read through all the reviews for a new hedge trimmer before I chose the best for me.
And they continue to be the benchmark for books too and such inspiration for writers everywhere…
Totally. People who leave genuine reviews are really helping others find great books. I get asked about products I’ve reviewed on Amazon quite often as people have questions before they buy. I’m happy to answer those too if it helps someone find a great product and it only takes a moment.
Same here. We are still being asked questions about a product we bought two years ago, but as you say, it costs nothing to be helpful…