Here are a selection:
- The research is impeccable and the assessment of it is fair-minded.
- I can’t put it down.
- The subject matter is compelling but you have also helped with the pace in the way you have approached it all.
- I found it totally absorbing, really enjoyed it, notwithstanding the feelings of outrage and frustration at what happened to Violet.
- I loved how each chapter gives a sense of atmosphere and of the times, very nice domestic details which bring it to life. Not a dry old biography at all!
- Impressed with the depth and detail of your research too.
- I don’t usually go for historical novels but the story had enough suspense to keep me engaged and I enjoyed it. I guess it opened my eyes a bit because I’d never really taken any interest in that wealthy strata of society where everything was/is about who you know.
- I had some difficulty in associating with Violet’s need to clear her name or understanding the drive with which she pursued that over such a long period. Didn’t you get frustrated when you were researching and writing that she wouldn’t let it go and put her energy into making a new life for herself?
- It can’t have been an easy time in the first world war to be able, female and not allowed to do the job properly!
- Her letter to Lloyd George was far too long, but I think that if these or similar events had happened today, she would have been able to employ a solicitor expert in employment law, who would have made mincemeat of Lord Weir!
- Thank you for shedding so much light on what seems to have been a shambolic, chaotic and really not very nice period of history at the end of WW1. I thought the parallel with the Dreyfuss Case in France was so appropriate, and, in today’s world, there are also lessons which can and should be applied.
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