Today, Detour Paris got a four-star rating from reviewer, Roy T. James and I am so honored I cannot say thank you enough, Roy.
I thought Roy's review was honest and forthright. He thought the novel was "well crafted" and the narration "quite slick."
His critiques were that the book lacked a structured plot but assumed that this being the first book of the series, that the series as a whole would demonstrate a fully structured plot. I thought he was actually right-on with this comment because I have had the same concern. He can be assured that the series does in fact have a fully structured plot as he'll discover when he reads the remaining two installments, Detour Allure and Detour Amour.
The reason that Detour Paris seems to fail in this respect is because I took a single story and broke it into three books - Detour Paris (Book 1), Detour Allure (Book 2) and Detour Amour (Book 3) for the sole purpose of being able to introduce myself as an author into the writing game - more especially the Amazon author writing game - with three books and not just one. It's that simple. The thinking being that an author with three books will sell more books than an author with only one book to offer. I guess we'll see about that.
Roy's other concern was the timeline overlap with real-time conversations and abstract dialogue leaving the reader possibly a bit confused.
To be honest, I'll have to give this some thought and probably get some other opinions here to find a way to correct for this.
Nevertheless, Roy's last few words in his review are, ". . .there's good entertainment in this book." And that's what counts in the end. After all, what's a good novel but an entertaining story?
In the meantime. . . Thank you Roy for your time and comments. They are genuinely appreciated.