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And thank you for sharing this journey with me!
I get a lot of comments from people who have read A Road To Joy, but who don’t for one reason or another, leave a written comment below. I’d like to share some of them, if you’re willing to trust that people have actually said these things to me and it’s not just my imagination or inflated ego making them up…
From Judge, 9th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published E-Book Awards (=D)
The greatest strength of A Road to Joy lies in its narrative voice. The narrator has a sharp, unique voice that draws readers into her world. This voice is maintained even as she is transformed by the events of the story, and though readers can sense the shift in her tone from hopelessness to healing, it is believable and in line with her character. The other characters the narrator encounters, such as her family and those she meets while on her road trip, also feel fully formed, despite being filtered through her perspective. The narrator’s relationship with her late husband reads as real and raw, and though he is never actually present in the story outside of the narrator’s memories, he is a fully-fleshed character in his own right. A Road to Joy is humorous, heartbreaking, and delightfully entertaining story of grief and returning home to oneself.
Just wanted to say a huge thank-you for my copy of A Road to Joy – & autographed is so cool!
Funny story though – Lisa sent the book home with Steve from preschool. The inscription was to Lisa and I thought she was being really nice + lending me her copy. Many weeks later, Lisa texted to say her book has an inscription to me – I was really excited!
Loved the book! It brought moments where I burst out laughing (+ people on the cruise ship thought I was crazy) + also tears. While I know it is fiction, I couldn’t help but picture Paul when you described being enveloped by a hug – that is still where my mind goes when I think of Paul – best. hugs. ever!
Hugs and big thanks to you.
Hey Honey…wanted to let you know that you made me laugh..and cry…in the last few days…Finally got a chance to read your book from cover to cover….WELL DONE!
Loved it! I lent it to Shelly – she loved it so much she bought a copy for herself. And I loved the swearing. It turned out to be one of my favourite parts!
From my Therapist:
I loved your book. Are you okay? Do we need to talk?
From my Sister:
Should I be worried about you?
Love your book! Is it okay if I lend it?
I absolutely love your book. [My husband] was thrilled to see himself mentioned in it! I read it too fast, though. So I’m reading it again!
(NOTE from Alex, her husband was NOT the cranky guy in Walmart…)
From my Daughter #1:
I’m sorry it’s taking me so long to read it. It’s really hard. But I’m almost done. And I think I understand you so much better now.
From my Daughter #3:
Great book Mom. No surprise.
(NOTE: high praise from this one!!)
From my Son #2:
I can’t. It’s too much.