From a fan via email:
“After a long hiatus I got back to After Jewel this evening. I read Chapters 5, 6 and 7. When I got to the end of 7 I was so deeply moved that I had to put your book aside. I couldn’t see the pages anyway from the tears in my eyes. Even now, writing this to you I have to blink them back.
All three of those chapters are deeply engaging… (Spoiler omitted)…
Your writing is, in many places, exceptional in its ability empathically to engage the reader. Your dialogue–simple, descriptive, spare, honest–still packs a terrific wallop.”