I’ve been posting too many blogs on reviews and notice of my books lately as reviews have come in following publication of Temping Skies. I apologize for that. I’m committed to writing a “non-self serving” blog in the near future.
But before I turn selfless, I just got notice that Chanticleer Book Reviews, a literary affiliate of the Historical Novel Society, just published a review of A River Divides, the previous book in the Beyond the Wood Series.
I appreciated the attention and review. Chanticleer earlier named the novel a 2014 category winner in its Laramie Awards program which recognizes “emerging new talent and outstanding works” in Western and Civil War fiction.
The review appeared in the March 1, 2017 edition of Chanticleer’s thrice-monthly email highlighting its latest critiques.
The email graciously introduced A River Divides as “Rich in detail and exceptional in development.”
The review itself noted:
Like the first book in Beyond the Woods Series, the second, A River Divides, offers a complex view into life during the Civil War era. . . .
Author Michael J. Roueche does a great job introducing esoteric terms while giving them proper context, thereby helping present-day readers immerse themselves in the historical tapestry he’s created. All the characters in this story demonstrate authentic shades of good and bad, making their choices (and their consequences) even more intriguing.
Reading the first in the series isn’t required here but doing so will certainly enhance the experience.
While the reviewer seemed mildly put off by the shifting points of view (no apologies from me on that point), K. McCoy’s overall conclusion was “Roueche’s beautifully written imagery and ability to immerse readers in place and time will delight and hook readers from the very beginning to the very end.”
Thanks to Chanticleer and K. McCoy.