A SELECTION OF READER REVIEWS
Thank you very much to all those who read, enjoyed and wrote a review(s) of my book(s). It’s the only way I know, if, you the reader, have enjoyed or maybe not, my work. I am flattered by the good reviews and do find them rewarding. However, a little criticism is just as good. It keeps me on my toes and helps me improve my craft. Whatever your comments – Thank you!
Better Than Downton Abby! ☆☆☆☆☆1 Dec. 2015 By Angela – Kindle edition From the moment I opened The Blue Pendant I knew I was in for a ride. The characters are so well-developed, I could see the story unfolding like a movie in my head. What a brilliant story – not only of the lives of the people but of history, society and the events of the day. I loved it from start to finish. What a journey! This story is right up there with some of the best historical novels – a wonderful glimpse of the courage and determination – and love – that carried these families through some of the greatest social transformations in modern history. I can only hope that Ms. Jennings is writing a sequel.
Unbelievable story – I loved it! ☆☆☆☆☆ Feb. 2016 By Evelyn B. – Published on Amazon.com: Amazing book!!! Heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time. Loved the characters, the history was spot on and it took over my life until I read the last page. Is there going to be a sequel?….I hope so!
BRILLIANT! ☆☆☆☆☆ 7 Dec. 2015 By Sally Richards – Published on Amazon.co.uk A brilliant read, I volunteered to be an ARC reader for this novel and was so glad I did. I was totally engaged with both the story and characters from the very first page right through to the end and can’t wait for a sequel. A must for anyone who enjoys historical novels. Highly recommend this book.
The story is gripping from the beginning to the end … ☆☆☆☆☆ Amazon Customer on 28 Dec. 2015 Paperback: The story is gripping from the beginning to the end, to the point that I read the book in an afternoon – I am now looking forward to reading the sequel!
THE BLUE PENDANT: The title, along with the Cover page art suggested to me, a historical romance novel. Indeed I found it to be so. This is not my usual genre of choice…but I surprisingly (to me) found it to be an easy read that retained my interest throughout. I would even venture to say that there were times when I had intended doing other things…but found myself reading this book instead! Being a first generation Canadian of Scottish and English heritage, I enjoyed the story setting of Edinburgh, the Scottish highlands and Toronto. I am of an age to be able to relate, at least in part to the times depicted here. The fiction that I read tends to transport me to another place, another time, and totally envelopes me in the lives and times of the characters in the book. Such was the case with The Blue Pendant. Great visuals were created for me throughout…however I did find some of the character development beyond the realm of reality. For example…would Anna really take a full lifetime to acknowledge her own self centred-ness, would Bill really wait so long for his own true love? The dynamics of the triangle of Anna, Bill and Alex were interesting however and I certainly kept on reading to see how it would all unfold. For some reason…and I find it difficult to articulate exactly why….I found the ending to be not exactly disappointing, but less than dynamic – if that makes any sense. The whole of the book held my interest…and the ending was OK, but not gripping at all. So be it. Annonymous. A colleague forwarded this review to me and did not leave her name.
Praise for Susan’s writing from Anne Grant lecturer at Institute for Writers. ” “Susan, you have one of the strongest senses of ‘story’ I’ve run across in quite some time. You truly astonish me with the wealth and breadth of the stories you come up with. Treasure that part of yourself because it is a gift and no one can take it away from you and it cannot be bought. Moreover, I cannot teach it, but I know it when I see it. Both of the stories you submitted for your last two assignments are as strong as any story I’ve ever read from a student, which pleases me greatly but especially since they’re in two different genres – romance and mystery.”