Review of my first book ‘Looking for Jamie’

What a beautiful story! You had me with your beginning paragraph – I felt so sorry for the little boy! Wonderful imagery of a starving, lost child – enough to tear one’s heart out. You have tremendous talent at writing imagery and developing characters. I loved all your characters in the Brightmoor Estate including Tom Briggs, gamekeeper; Nellie, housekeeper; Freda, cook; ruby, parlour maid; Sam, groom; and David and Jamie! They all make a lovely family once David takes in Jamie. You write such beautiful characters that your reader immediately feels she/he knows them and mourns not only for poor little Jaime but also for David who lost his beloved Elizabeth and son, Frederick, in a carriage accident. And you delight the reader by bringing David and Jamie together playing in the snow and then when David finally lets his emotions go while, once again, playing the piano, the reader knows that he is starting to heal. Nellie is also a wonderful mother-figure for Jamie. What a despicable person David’s sister, Annie, is: hypochondriac, critical, and she humiliates poor Jamie! You have drawn her in very vivid tones especially when she sides with her spoiled little liar of a son, George. One almost wonders how Annie could have raised a child as sweet and caring as Sarah. But thank goodness Sarah was there to see the truth of how Jaime tried to save George, not hurt him as George reported. This is a marvellous book.Patricia Laster

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About angelarigley

Married, with 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Besides writing my books and also the occasional poem or short story, I enjoy reading; singing in my church choir; researching my family tree. especially in the Lake District; flower arranging; bird watching, especially in the Lake District: my favourite place (sorry, I might have already mentioned that); playing Scrabble; Sudokos
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