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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

Comments (19)

  1. Great review. Loved reading it so much I don’t think I need to check the book out. Recently I posted a four star review on a friend’s book and felt bad I couldn’t give her five stars. But, as engaging as most books are, all books can’t be five star reads. I appreciate your honesty.

    1. Thanks, Janni. You’re right. The number of stars are quite a personal thing and in some cases it depends on the expectations. I might give 5 stars to a book that I enjoyed and it was for me a great example of the genre, but some four star books can have me thinking for longer. It’s always difficult to review books of people we know (that’s one of the reasons why I write more. I think the reasons why I might not be totally convinced by a book might be the reasons why somebody else might love it, and vice versa). We’ll keep going. 🙂

  2. This is going on my list in spite of your reservations. Danny Johnson certainly sounds like a writer to keep an eye on. Thanks for giving us your valuable insight, Olga. Happy Weekend!

    1. Thanks, Sarah. Oh, is a book well worth a read. Some of the great Southern novels are very individual and not to everybody’s taste for sure. (I love William Faulkner but he’s to be approached with caution). This is a solid melodrama with a lot of plot and interesting characters. Let me know what you think. 🙂

  3. From the depth of your review I get a sense of the impact that the writing had on you. That makes me more interested than the somewhat well-trodden subject matter. I am going to hit the link now, and check this one out.
    Best wishes, Pete. (Have a great weekend, Olga.)

    1. Just out of interest, and for those who still like to own real books, this is actually available cheaper in paperback than as a Kindle edition. (Which is somewhat expensive)
      I have added it to my wish list. Regards, Pete.

    2. Thanks, Pete. Yes, this is one of those novels that as I was telling a previous commenter, will keep me thinking for a long while (when I start thinking how I would have written a story, it’s a good one, for sure). The point of view is not the most typical either. I hope you enjoy it. And have a great weekend too.

  4. I realize that I’m not a typical southerner, but I am more and more tired of stereotypes and assumptions… and stories that propagate them. I think Pete is being quite diplomatic in describing the subject as “well-trodden.”
    Olga, your review is well thought, insightful. However, the subject became boring to me long ago. I’m disappointed to see that this kind of writing is what they mean by “Southern Literature.” I wouldn’t have read it either way.

    Looks like progress — I got a warning about “hazardous site” when I clicked your link. However, it did let me access. I take that as progress. TGIF. Mega hugs my friend.

    1. I didn’t have any issue with it so not sure what that’s about. Perhaps your computer doesn’t like me… The book is set in the past although as I mention it seemed older than the actual year of the action once I got to it.

  5. dvaal says:

    I would love to send you my book for an honest review. Let me know if you are interested. With a daughter who is Latino I would have preferred Fancy’s story also.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Donna (Dee, I believe?). Your book sounds pretty unique although I’m aware I have a very long list and will probably not be able to fit it in the next couple of months, but if you’re not in a hurry, I’d be happy to. My preference is to read in Kindle. And my e-mail is mmxrynz@hotmail.com Thanks so much!

      1. dvaal says:

        I am not in a hurry. I’m not sure how to work the kindle. Do you have a membership to Amazon that allows you to read books free? If not, I am happy to mail you a copy and you read it whenever you are ready. Does either of those work for you? Thanks. Yes, I do prefer Dee. Thank you so much for acknowledging that little tidbit.

        1. Thanks Dee. No, I don’t have Kindle Unlimited (I am with Kindle Prime but that’s about it. I have so many books to read already I can’t see a need for it). Yes, if you can send me a copy on .mobi format if you have access to it that should work (I can convert from other formats too but sometimes the results aren’t very good). No hurry though. Thanks!

          1. dvaal says:

            I don’t know if I can do mobi. I have scrivener but the novel isn’t loaded into it. I understand you can convert to mobi in scrivener but I’ve never done it. I will look into it. However, I would be happy to send you an actual novel by mail. I looked at gifting you a kindle version but it would be cheaper by mail. I’ll do my best with mobi but I may not be able to figure it out. However, I have to with the rest of my books. So, I guess I better learn. Thanks.

          2. Do let me know, Dee. I don’t want to create trouble for you. (Yes, gifting in Amazon is a bit weird unless you’re both in the States, from my experience.) I have Scrivener but I’ve never taken to it much. I’ve also heard you can convert to other versions using it but have never tried. I do use Calibre that it’s free and very easy to convert to other formats. If your book is already in Amazon and you go to the page of the book in KDP, I believe that if you press to edit as if you were going to change the details of the book, when it offers you to revise the book, you can check online or it offers you the possibility of downloading it, that would be another option. I have my books in Draft2Digital and from the book page is also possible to download in different formats. But if you cannot work it out or need my address, just e-mail me and I’ll send it you. mmxrynz@hotmail.com Thanks for your interest and all the best

          3. dvaal says:

            Thanks for the help

          4. Thank you for your interest. 🙂

  6. Wow! That sounds like an exciting event. How did it go for you?
    The Last Road Home reads like an interesting book. Thanks for the review. 😀 xx

    1. It’s this coming Sunday, the 13th, Vashti. We’re all very excited. I’ll report back when I can!

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