First of all...if you don't know who JK Rawling is - she is the author of the Harry Potter stories. Okay, so now that you know that, can you imagine my excitement when I received a review for my story "Hearts Through Time" today and I was compared to this great author?? REALLY???? This is a dream of most authors - to be compared to great writers. (grins)
Read the review:
GREAT BOOK!! First of all, I must say that it is slightly outside of my typical genre. I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy, so when I started reading Hearts Through Time, I was concerned that it was a romance novel with a little bit of sci-fi thrown in as a plot device. I was concerned it would not hold my attention because of this.
I must say I was very happily surprised to find that it is a great read- and I cannot put it down! Last night, I found myself at 1:00 a.m., reading by flashlight as my husband slept next to me. I had to be at work early today, but I just could not put the book down, it was so enticing. I even brought it to work with me today and read it between final exams (being a reading teacher, it's easy to justify it as "modeling appropriate behavior", lol).
What I like is the author's style of writing, which is very clean and very clearly understood. Honestly, her style reminds me of J.K. Rowling, in that she provides just enough background on each of the characters to flesh them out, and keep them interesting. As the plot progresses, we learn more about each of the characters. By the end of the book I felt very comfortable with these characters and felt there could even be a sequel to Hearts Through Time.
Other factors I appreciated: the tightly constructed mystery, the perfect story arc, and the ending. The only flaw (and it is a minor one), is I would have enjoyed more historical background on Sacramento, circa 1912, when the 2nd half of the book takes place.
Ms. Higgins, you wrote a wonderfully entertaining story, and I will be on the lookout for your other books.