Another group of bloggers posted their reviews yesterday. Didn't get my Google Alert about them till today. But once again, a lot of strong reviews. Some had already read my first book, The Unfinished Gift; others are starting with The Homecoming.
Which brings up an interesting question...can you/should you read a sequel first? We worked hard to give The Homecoming a life of its own, so that it could be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. It appears we have succeeded, at least in the minds of some. RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 Stars and said this in their review: "While this is a sequel to The Unfinished Gift, it could easily be a stand alone novel."
But after reading so many blog reviews, I'd say the consensus is: It does work as a stand-alone, but those who've read both books recommend reading both if you can.
Here's a sampling of the reviews that came in yesterday:
"I think I described The Unfinished Gift like a cup of 'written' chicken soup. If that's the case, then The Homecoming is a bit like a slice of my grandma's chocolate cake - sweet and rich, yet incredibly simple and delicious."
My Scrappy Life blog by Kaylea Huston
"The Homecoming is equal to, and even a bit better, than its predecessor...I've found a new author to love in Dan Walsh, and I look forward to reading more! I'm giving The Homecoming 5 out 5 bookmarks."
Deena's Books Blogspot