I’ve had a lot of reviews of my thirty books over the years and they’ve varied a great deal but last Saturday I had a review for Citizen Armies that was so extraordinarily good I wanted to sit down and cry. I didn’t of course because I had a coffee morning planned for Macmillan Cancer Support and there was a lot to do before my guests arrived, but I felt as though I was flying.
I have to say I’ve had some very peculiar reviews in the past. One started off by saying she didn’t like a book written in the first person and that that had put her off this particular book, which struck me as a little odd because the thing was written in the third person in the old fashioned way. It wasn’t until I went back to the book and started reading a bit of it that I understood what had happened. It was written in the third person but I had written a preamble on the first page by way of introduction and that was in the first person. My reviewer had read the first page and given up on it. Hmmm.
Another one took exception to my hero because he wasn’t macho and she preferred macho heroes. The whole point of this hero was that he was gentle. But she gave me a three even so.
Others of course enjoyed the book and said so, but no-one until Mary Anne Yarde has understood what I was endeavoring to do with the book and approved of the way I had done it. She’s a treasure and it doesn’t surprise me that she has such a good reputation and is thought so highly of by the trade. Respec’
As well as an excellent review and a five star grading, she gave me ‘The Coffee Pot Book Club’ book award. Well wow!
So here is the link to her review and a little quotation from it. http://trbr.io/bpn8Sxx
“Kingston demonstrates what life was like for an ambulance driver during World War II in great detail — from the long gruelling shifts to the horrors that they witnessed on a daily basis. As the war progresses, Rosie struggles with her mental health. The end of the war seems so far away, and Rosie feels trapped in a nightmare which won’t end. However, with help Rosie continues to help others, and like Britain, Rosie would not surrender. It did strike me, though, through the course of this novel, how the bombing became almost a normal part of everyday life, much like the weather. There is almost a desensitising of what was going on — Kingston demonstrated this beautifully with Rosie, who after her shift would fall into an exhausted sleep in the shelter, regardless of the bombs dropping on her city.”
“There is nothing in this book that is not to be liked — a real treat for lovers of quality historical fiction.”