Reviews, in general, I take rather lightly due to the potential for simple manipulation. When a waitress gives a restaurant a glowing review, and it happens to be where she works, one has to question the authenticity! Likewise when a number of product reviews link back to the manufacturer’s web site, one has to wonder just how impartial those reviews are.
From my perspective, so many reviews are just modern technology taking the proverbial “used car salesman” to another level. Did we ever really believe the “one elderly lady owner who only used it to go to church on Sundays”? Did we really accept that as the logical explanation for only 200 miles showing when the car was 10 years old?
Book reviews can of course also be manipulated to some degree however, for the review to appear authentic, the review writer would have to either read the book first… or at least know all the details from some other means. Seeing a book review of “A wonderful book”, with no further details, provides very little on which to base a “Should I buy or not?” decision!
It is probably because of a similar rationale (legitimate and informative reviews can only come from reading the book), that my publisher advised me of the importance of encouraging reviews. Historically, they apparently work!
With this context in mind, you can probably imagine my delight when the following review showed up on amazon.com regarding “Who Said I was up for Adoption?” (click cover pic over in right column for more information):
What a wonderful story about a man and a dog ‘finding’ each other and, yes, rescuing each other in different ways. Being a dog lover myself, I immediately melted into this book of a man who was once afraid of dogs, yet agreed to rescue a dog who’d been neglected and probably mistreated before taken to an adoption center. This story of how a man and dog learn to read each other’s signals, to understand each other, and then love each other, is heart-warming and sincere.
My heartfelt thanks go out to this reader, and to the other readers who took a few moments out of their lives to publicly express their thoughts about this book. 🙂