7 Days of Positive – Day 153: This review made me cry

A friend asked me recently how much effort I put into engaging with Goodreads and I had to confess that the answer is: zero.

Not because I have anything against the site – I’m a champion bookworm, so anything on that subject is right up my library aisle – it’s just the risk of accidentally stumbling across a mean-spirited, or ‘meh’ review, because it can really set a writer back.

Of course you can’t expect everyone to love everything you do, but reading a negative review when you’re in the middle of writing a book is deadly, so I steer clear of Goodreads and Amazon reviews and read even the ones in respected publications, only after my pals at Harper Collins have scanned them first.

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With my new book Secret Keeping for Beginners (in case you’ve forgotten ha ha not much chance on here…)I’ve been pretty thrilled with all my reviews. I even got a really lovely one in the Spectrum section of my old paper the Sydney Morning Herald and I know they are a tough crowd.  (Spoiler alert: this one gives quite a bit away.)

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/maggie-alderson-creates-romantic-cliffhangers-for-three-sisters-with-secrets-in-secret-keeping-for-beginners-20150602-ghe50w.html

But the other day one came in which is so amazing, it blew my mind. And what makes it even more gratifying, for someone who labour to throw off the dread label ‘Chick Lit’, it was written by a man.

So thank you Newtown Review of Books and thank you Michael Jongen. To have the names Dickens and Pym mentioned in a review of one of my books might be the nicest thing that has ever happened to me.

http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au/2015/06/18/maggie-alderson-secret-keeping-for-beginners-reviewed-by-michael-jongen/

24 Comments
  • Kate
    June 22, 2015

    What a wonderful review – congratulations.

  • Caroline
    June 22, 2015

    I am not one bit surprised, Maggie! Your book is an absolute delight. I loved every word of it and (although I was mad keen to find out what happened!) I didn’t want it to end. It’s one of those fabulous reads where it feels like you are a part of the story, amongst the characters – living and breathing every move with them! I have a memorable picture of it – even stronger than if I’d seen the movie (which it would make a wonderful one of BTW…)
    Congratulations on a very deserved wonderful review. I can’t wait for your next book!
    Best wishes,
    xx Caroline

    • maggie2015
      June 23, 2015

      Thanks Caroline. What a lovely thing to read first thing in the morning. It almost makes me feel like starting another one… xxx

  • Margaret G
    June 23, 2015

    What a terrific review – congratulations Maggie. Secret Keeping is on my bedside table and I am longing to start it!!

  • Anne At Home
    June 23, 2015

    Hi Maggie, I just finished it (the one you kindly autographed for me at Mosman Library, I so enjoyed meeting you and hearing you speak). I absolutely LOVED it, couldn’t put it down. I love Rachel and what a joy Joy is 🙂 She has made me want to take up yoga and tune into my inner psychic. You totally deserve all the great reviews, well done. How am I going to wait for the next one??? Anne x

    • maggie2015
      June 23, 2015

      Thanks Anne, what a beautiful thing to read. I’m so glad you love Joy. She crept up on me. I knew the book was going to be about three sisters, but I didn’t have any idea what the mum was going to be like, then this lovely woman walked in – head in clouds and feet firmly on the ground at the same time and I felt like I’d always known her. xxx

  • Eliza
    June 23, 2015

    Love it Maggie. I didn’t get a chance to click through from the email so just googled to read at work. You’re wiki entry comes up beside the webpage – must admit I had a laugh when I read “a London born Australia author”. maybe not so current!

    • Eliza
      June 23, 2015

      Oops Australian not Australia

    • maggie2015
      June 23, 2015

      I think I’m still a hybrid, Eliza… x

  • Jo-Anne
    June 23, 2015

    Hi Maggie,
    I barely have time to read any books at all these days, but when yours come out, I always manage to find time to devour them completely. I love the rich, detailed characters you write and the way you bring glamour into your books in a down-to-earth way. Can’t wait for the next one!

    • maggie2015
      June 23, 2015

      Thanks Jo-Anne xxx ah, the next one… better get cracking then!

  • Lee
    June 23, 2015

    I just marked your latest as ‘to read’ on Goodreads. My whole reading life is on there these days. I can understand why you might not want to read your reviews but for book management and sharing what you are reading with friends it is great. I pick through the reviews and weigh them pretty carefully to decide if I want to read something or not. It’s mostly real people commenting too, which is nice. You’re doing pretty well on there at the moment by the way …

    • maggie2015
      June 23, 2015

      Thanks Lee! that’s good to know, but I still won’t be looking… I know I would love GR if it wasn’t such a risky place for me to venture. M x

  • AmandaC
    June 23, 2015

    Hi Maggie. What a wonderful review (entirely deserved, of course). I am entrenched in your book right now (well, not literally right now, clearly) and have to force myself to put it down each night…I know I could devour it in one sitting if I had the time. And I continue to to feel a fizz of anticipation when I see the notification for a new blog post. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Take care
    Amanda xx

    PS If I make a comment on an old blog post, do you get a notification or would you only see it if you went back to that post?

    • maggie2015
      June 23, 2015

      Hi Amanda, you lovely lovely thing you xxx Can’t tell you how happy it makes me to be able to picture you reading my book. I see all comments – I get a notification and they all come up on here in a way I can see new ones no matter which post it refers to, so comment away, I love reading them xxxhttp://maggiealderson.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#

  • WattleFlatJane
    June 23, 2015

    The SMH one made me laugh – notice the unedited ‘bugger/muck up’. Love it. And the Michael Jongen one: how beautifully written. As a result of reading that review, I will be following his blog and tweets.

    Not to put too fine a point on it: I LOVE Secret Keeping. And as one of the first (post publication) to read it in the entire universe I am proud to say again it is a book that I will go back to many times, just like all the others. Am I a teeny bit obsessed? Who cares!

    Now I am going out into the freezing cold and rain to shut the chooks in. Just to help me keep a grip on reality.

    • maggie2015
      June 24, 2015

      Thanks Jane – and everything crossed re your other comment.. x

  • Bollyknickers
    June 23, 2015

    What a happy coincidence- I finished the book at 4am this morning and thought that I must hop on to your blog and tell you how much I enjoyed it. And then when I turned my email on this morning, you had posted this!

    It’s a lovely story- I really warmed to all three sisters and as for Simon….Phrooooaaar! I could almost smell him and his divine cologne and expensive suits.

    I’ve always enjoyed your columns, Maggie, but this was my first foray into your novels. However, it won’t be my last. Well done and thank you for such a great read.

  • lara
    June 23, 2015

    I just went online and read his review:

    ‘As a male reader I was convinced by the authenticity of Simon as a man and empatbised with his logic. I understood and celebrated his connection with Joy …. Alderson lets her characters collide, events and life continue, the plot develops and then she swiftly gathers up her loose ends …’.

    Bravo, Maggie ! 5 stars xx

    • maggie2015
      June 24, 2015

      I know! the male reader thing thrilled me to the core! xxx

  • Beth
    June 25, 2015

    Dear Maggie, I have bought and loved all your books, and as soon as I see a new one get it straight away. I really enjoyed Secret Keeping. Beth

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