The Things We Said in Venice has been out in the world for exactly thirty days and the customer reviews are slowly but surely coming in. An author blog is so often filled with observations of the author. Now it’s time to focus on your words.
I send my thanks to each and every one of you who took the time to order my novel, read it and write a review! It’s not just about giving me a big head, it’s also about helping others consider whether or not to take the plunge and find out just what things were said in Venice.
Here are two of the eleven reader reviews. See them all by clicking on this link and scrolling down to the reader reviews on Amazon.com:
5 star review by Empty Mirror:
This is a captivating story that is richly detailed, brimming with wit, full of heart, and has plenty of unexpected twists that wouldn’t let me put it down.
When I pick up a novel, I crave a sense of authenticity and I want to be transported. This book delivers.
Knowing that this novel would include a romance, it was no surprise that the principal characters Sarah and Fokke were deftly drawn with subtle idiosyncrasies, strengths, and fears. But the terrific cast of well-formed, interesting, fun, and distinctive supporting characters woven throughout was unexpected and a real pleasure.
While the romantic evolution propels one forward, this book was so wonderfully infused with attention to all the senses that I sometimes slowed to luxuriate in the moment; the joy of warm fires while it snows outside, walking with sun on shoulders, the gift of cooking and tasting thoughtfully prepared simple meals, the surprise memories and unexpected reaction caused by a “glimpsed” scent, the sound of glass bending under pressure . . . and much more. Sumptuous writing much appreciated.
There was also a heartwarming sense of place in this book. I love Venice, so I’m sometimes disappointed by unartful portrayals of it. But this author knows her stuff. Her details of architecture and people in the streets and canals captured the soul of the city I know. She rewarded me with not only a longing to revisit my beloved Venice, but also to once more explore The Hague and to arrange for first trips to Cortina and Buenos Aires.
I loved this book!
5 star review by Travel Paso:
It’s hard to call this a simple romance novel. Not many writers can combine travel, history, humor, pathos and subtle environmentalism (with a steamy love story) this successfully. I loved the characters, plot and varied settings. I loved Kristin’s first book and this one did not disappoint. Great read! I can’t wait to see where she takes us next.
You are welcome to come to my book signing on Saturday, May 20th from 15.00-17.00 in The Hague. See your invitation below. For some of you, that might be a bit far. But your online copy is just one click away.