But when I sat down to face the women present, I wondered if they'd liked it, disliked it, thought I was brilliant or a hack.
Here were the comments:
"I thought the story of the Loyalists and Patriots paralleled today's government situation. Stay in the system and fix it or change to a new system."
"You really painted the historical picture, everyday things, and the bigger picture of the war."
"Use of Welsh was well done."
"I loved the Welshman."
"Rowena was a strong, intelligent heroine, who also questioned the system and why the two factions were fighting."
"Made history come alive! And I loved the Welshman."
"The two aunts were opposites, one frivolous, the other steady; I liked how the frivolous aunt showed her bravery in the one instant she needed to, banging a thief on the head with a teapot."
"The history was well done and fit right into the story, not overwhelming it."
One woman, a head librarian, said she loved my cover, very striking.
When I asked for any negative comments:
One woman said she'd read another book where the author used long sentences, and coming to mine, the sentences seemed choppy. But once she got into the story, she liked the structure and the fast pace.
I hope they weren't being kind to not bruise my feelings, but my novel seemed a triumph. It was good to get so many outside opinions on a novel I labored over.
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Diane Scott Lewis lives in Western Pennsylvania with her husband and one naughty puppy.