Friday, August 15, 2008

I've Been Giggled!

For those of you who don't know, Mrs. Giggles is a terrifyingly blunt (or, some would say, brutally honest) reviewer of romance novels. She tears books apart in a single sentence and can bring otherwise sane, stable authors to their knees with her opinions.

Yesterday I Googled myself (yeah, I do that sometimes) and found, to my surprise, that she had reviewed One Night in Memphis. I almost didn't want to read it (she gave One Night in Boston a 73/100 and had some harsh things to say about the heroine) - but I'm glad I did, because WOW - she liked it!

She gave me an 86/100 for One Night in Memphis, which is pretty darn good, and she had some really, really nice things to say. Here are some clips:

"One thing that I really like about One Night In Memphis is how well the author delves into the hearts of her characters to the point that the characters' emotions come off as pretty real. Dakota's feelings after she has ditched her married boyfriend, for example, are vividly portrayed to the point that I feel that I can relate to every blue feeling of hers. Likewise, there is a real yet bittersweet poetry to Ethan's suffering - I don't know whether to write a ballad about him or to give him a sweet comforting hug. I don't necessarily agree with every thing these two say, do, or feel in this story, but that's okay. I don't read romance to have a story where everyone agrees with me and does as I say, after all. Ms Boniface has made her characters real enough that their strengths and flaws make them come off as human beings...

"Falling in love over a short period of time is not an easy sell for me, but Ms Boniface manages to make me believe in her story. She even makes falling in love such a wonderful kind of bittersweet poetry to read about. A part of me will probably wish that the suspense elements have been scrapped altogether so that the story has more opportunity for the characters to moon over each other, but still, One Night In Memphis is definitely a pretty good story in my opinion. "

Yay - I'm doing the happy dance!


Marianne Arkins said...

What an AWESOME review!! WOOT!

Mrs. Giggles inspires fear in the hearts of many a writer. She hasn't reviewed any of my stuff... yet. I'm not sure if I should be sad or relieved.

Dru said...

what a wonderful review. I bet that made your day.

Have a good weekend.

Chad Aaron Sayban said...

That is a great review. The little UPS gizmo tells me that my copy of One Night in Boston is supposed to show up on Monday.

windycindy said...

Woo Hoo for you! Enjoy your weekend. Cindi

Amy said...


Yay on the great reviews.

Diane Craver said...

Congrats, Allie! Mrs. G has never reviewed my books. I'm glad she gave you such a terrific review. She can be brutal.

Cynthia said...


I'm in the middle of reading One Night in Memphis right now. Although I walked through the early creation I'm anxious to read the final edition.

Overall, the review's pretty good.

Now go back to the happy dance.