While none of us can hope to please everybody, we writers like to find out whether our stories are pleasing the majority - and that's where reviews come in. I'm grateful for all reviews, those from my readers as much as those by professional reviewers. Whether they absolutely love a book, or just want to make helpful comments, it's all good feedback.
But here, as you'd expect, I'm showcasing just a few of the best ones from my most recent novels.
THE PET SHOP AT PENNYCOMBE BAY
Amazon/Good Reads/ Net Galley reviews
5 stars: This book is a real page turner. A very well-written heartwarming story in which delightful pets make a wonderful difference in people’s lives, and help a very shy person to overcome her fears and gain real confidence in life. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to all animal lovers.
5 stars: I've loved all the books by this author but this has to be her best so far, it was amazing, so brilliant and so absorbing you lost yourself totally in the book when reading it.
5 stars: This book is enjoyable and heart warming, a fast and enjoyable read. I loved how the plot developed, the well written characters and the wonderful setting.
5 stars: An amazing feel good, romantic, funny, beautiful book. I absolutely loved it from the very first page with the naughty antics of the dogs. Fab.
Amazon / NetGalley reviews
5 stars: Sheila Norton writes easy to read, well flowing books with a fine cast of characters and intertwining storylines. This is a perfect read at the end of a stressful day and I’m already looking forward to the rest of the series. Very definitely recommended!
5 stars: There’s something about Sheila Norton’s books that make you feel like your welcoming old friends and I love how her novels are serialised.
5 stars: Brilliant. Sheila Norton is fast becoming my new favourite author. She just has a style of writing that will keep you hooked on a story. It's not too serious, but not too humorous either. It has just the right amount of laugh out loud moments and the pace is well kept.
WHO SAVED A LIFE
5 stars: Well-written, engaging story about a kitten who saved a life. This book grabbed my attention from the first page and I simply couldn’t put it down until I reached the end. It made me laugh a lot, although naturally there are some serious moments. The characters, both human and feline, are really well-drawn, and the dialogue is extremely good. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a really great read.
5 stars: Really enjoyed this book - v cleverly written from the view of Charlie the cat . . Great story, would highly recommend.
5 stars: Another story told from the cat's perspective. .. a delightful read following Charlie's adventures. A lovely follow on from Oliver the Cat Who Saved Christmas, but can easily be read on its own.
"Like a plate of hot-buttered crumpets and a mug of tea - warm, comforting and utterly delightful!" - Annie Lyons author of The Choir on Hope Street
5 stars . . . such a delightful book series, I have thoroughly enjoyed being charmed by this wonderful, warm, cosy romance. - NetGalley reviewer
5 stars: . . . beautiful book! I fell in love with the characters in the book and the village and just enjoyed every part of this.
So many bombshells happened throughout the book and it kept me in suspense as to what was going to happen next for the characters. Loved this! - Amazon review
5 stars: Thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming read. . . . A lovely story of village life, friendship and family and a lesson in never giving up on your dreams. -
WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS
I challenge you to read this book and not end up smiling for large parts of it. - Rachel's Random Reads book review
5 stars: This is a lovely, heart-warming story, a great Christmas read for all cat lovers . . .a most enjoyable read, perfect for sitting by the fire during the festive season. I would recommend it to everyone who loves cats and Christmas.
5 stars: This delightful story made me feel like the cat who got the cream!