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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.



NetGalley/GoodReads reviews:

‘A breathtaking novel about motherhood… I felt angst, tension, compassion, empathy, surprise and suspicion…. Do not miss this novel, especially if you enjoy reading about families and their realistic struggles and moments of joy…. Grabbed my heart… Phenomenally emotive.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A masterpiece story of a family finding their way… Hit all the feels for me and I was invested in the story from the beginning to the brilliant end. My emotions ran wild throughout this story and I would love to see this become a Netflix hit.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A remarkable tale depicting a family's journey through the complexities of emotional challenges. Norton's storytelling kept engrossed me from start to finish, leaving a lasting impact… Truly captivating.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

                                                                    ONE WEEK IN WINTER


Amazon review:  This is a very enjoyable book, extremely well-written, with lots of emotion involved in the significant family problems. A moving story with truly fascinating characters and I really enjoyed the exciting twists as their lives actually began to change. An absolutely great read..


DEVON LIFE Magazine : 'When I pick up one of Sheila's novels I feel as if I've stepped into the pages

as if watching a play unfold.. . . award winning novelist Sheila takes a gentle yet wholly realistic approach. . . . I have such respect for her work. An engaging portrayal of a coastal village.'


Amazon/ Good Reads/ Net Galley reviews:

This is a gorgeous book of friendship, discovery and maybe along the way creating something that can last for generations to come. 

How happy reading this book made me feel. I really loved reading about characters of lots of different ages.   

This is a lovely heart-warming story situated in a delightful area in Devon.   






                                                                  WINTER AT CLIFF'S END COTTAGE

DEVON LIFE magazine:

. . . The award for the best mid-winter-comfy-sofa-hot chocolate novel is most definitely Sheila's heart-warming book about friends, older age, kindness and homemade cakes. With romantic twists . . . By threading the lives of younger people into the story, Sheila creates the perfect foil for Stella, born in 1935 and resident of a precariously situated clifftop cottage. . . . Grab the book, a hot buttered crumpet, and enjoy!

Amazon/ Good Reads/ Net Galley reviews:

5 stars:  This is the most adorable book I’ve read. EVER! . . . There is so much life in this story. It’s bursting with joy, laughter, sadness, hard times, love, secrets, heartaches absolutely everything. It’s moving, touching and a perfect read all year round, but especially at Christmas.

5 stars: A warm hug of a book for all those that need it. 

5 stars:  A delightful story to warm you on a winters evening. Magical. 

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