Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
So many thanks to the folks at NPR (but especially reviewer extraordinaire, Bobbi Dumas) for this lovely farewell to the Pink Carnation series.
If you had told me, ten years ago, that the Pink books would be getting this kind of send-off on National Public Radio, I would have snorted coffee up my nose. Of course, if you’d told me then that there would be twelve Pink books, I would have snorted coffee, so, there you go….
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
The first of the reviews of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla is in…. (Always a nerve-wracking moment!)
According to RT Book Reviews:
The latest in the Pink Carnation series is a delightfully eerie Halloween book that combines all of the suspense of the spy series with the era’s fascination with the supernatural. Willig’s writing is witty and smart, and her addictive series sparkles with lively dialogue, intelligent characters and great plotting, which is why readers keep coming back for more. Willig represents the Regency romantic mystery at its best.
What author could ask for anything more?
Thank you, RT!! This warms the cockles of my heart, especially since this was a book written under rather blurry and sleep-deprived circumstances.
The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla makes its appearance in stores three weeks from today!
Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
At an event this past fall, I was asked whether my books had ever been reviewed in the New York Times Review of Books.
“No, and they’re never likely to be,” I said.
This, after all, was right on the heels of various dust-ups regarding the Times’s coverage of women writers in general and women’s fiction in particular. The odds of my being reviewed by The Times seemed about as likely as taking a brief jaunt to Mars.
Get those bikinis ready for that Mars landing! That Summer is featured in today’s New York Times Book Review.
Comparing That Summer to A.S. Byatt’s Possession (“with art”), the reviewer hails That Summer as “an involving mystery whose art world implications imbue the romantic indulgences with an intellectual glow”.
Being included in the NYT Sunday Book Review was amazing enough. But a comparison to A.S. Byatt’s Possession? Priceless.
You can find the review of That Summer in the “Short List” section in your Sunday Times Book Review!
Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
Reader to Reader Reviews just made my day. No– my week.
How, you may ask? By comparing That Summer to the works of Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels.
I am beyond thrilled by the comparison to one of my all time favorite authors. If there’s any author whose books have set their stamp on me, it’s Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels, whose books I’ve read again and again and again, year after year.
And, of course, RTR’s calling That Summer “an absolute treasure” and “the perfect summertime reading treat” didn’t hurt either.
Here’s the rest of the review:
“Willig’s second stand-alone novel is an absolute treasure! The author deftly weaves together the present-day story of Julia’s search for answers about her mother’s death with that of a tragic love affair experienced by one of Julia’s Victorian ancestors into one spellbinding tale. Details about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their art provide plenty of fascinating plot fodder for story, and the book’s irresistible mix of history and mystery subtly seasoned with a generous dollop of dry wit and just the right dash of romance will remind readers of the classic romantic suspense novels written by Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels. That Summer is the perfect summertime reading treat!”
Thank you, Reader to Reader Reviews!
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
The third of the major reviews is in…. Kirkus Reviews calls That Summer “the perfect beach read”!
Comparing That Summer to Byatt’s Possession (one of my all time favorites) and Ackroyd’s Chatterton, Kirkus adds: “but [Willig] brings an easy, contemporary charm to her characters, ensuring the perfect beach read.”
Thank you, Kirkus!
That Summer will be heading off the presses and into your beach bag exactly one month from today!
Thursday, April 24th, 2014
When a new book is poised to come out, I always hold my breath until the four big trade journals weigh in: Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, and RT Book Reviews.
The first of the lot just came in this week– and it couldn’t be more positive.
According to RT Book Reviews, That Summer “is a story that will linger in your mind”.
Here’s the full paragraph:
“Willig stretches her writer’s wings as she crafts a double love story stretching from Victorian England to the present day. With its alternating viewpoints, this is more than a love story or a mystery; it’s a tale exploring the lives of two women and how secrets create and destroy relationships. Willig cleverly leads readers into two mysteries, answering some questions, but leaving others untouched. Willig brilliantly demonstrates how the truth can bring freedom and understanding. This is a story that will linger in your mind.”
(And, yes, I may have re-read this a time or two today as I was trying to gear myself up to work on the next book.)
Thank you, RT!!
Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
The early reviews are starting to come in for The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (aka Pink X)– and Miss Gwen is gloating.
Here’s the verdict:
Library Journal (starred review): “This tenth bloom to be added to Willig’s popular series is just as fresh and satisfying as any of the other flowers in the best literary bouquet ever created! Fans can rejoice in finding the outstanding features they’ve come to count on: intriguing historical details, double-crossing deceptions, complex characters, and plenty of romance. Readers will be pleased to discover a more mature couple featured within the historical portion of the story, the wink-wink humor of Miss Gwen’s gothic novel, and the continued progression of our beloved contemporary couple.”
Booklist (starred review): “With delectable wit and a deft hand at imaginative plotting, Willig expertly matches up the redoubtable, parasolwielding Gwen (truly a kindred spirit to Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody) with the perfect hero. The result is a completely captivating tale that fans of this long-running series—10 books and counting—will cherish.”
Kirkus: “The 10th in Willig’s witty series about Napoleanic-era spies… is acerbic, arch, and funny.”
RT Book Reviews: “…another well-crafted, engaging thriller.”
Miss Gwen swears that she did not, in fact, threaten any reviewers at parasol-point.
Only a little over a month until The Passion of the Purple Plumeria hits the shelves!
To read an excerpt, click here. For information on how to order a signed/personalized copy, click here.
Thursday, June 13th, 2013
It has been a very good day for The Passion of the Purple Plumeria.
I’ve been told that Purple Plumeria will be receiving a starred review in next month’s Library Journal (yay, stars!), and RT Book Reviews also weighed in on The Passion of the Purple Plumeria, calling it a “well-crafted, engaging thriller”.
I am delighted. Miss Gwen, naturally, takes this as no more than her due….
Monday, February 11th, 2013
The April edition of RT Book Reviews came out today, and with it a lovely review of The Ashford Affair.
Calling The Ashford Affair “an extraordinary saga”, RT’s Kathe Robin writes, “This lushly detailed novel is rich with romance, mystery, memorable characters, and lessons in family, friendship, and– most important of all– understanding who you are and carving your place in the world. This is a novel that will transfix readers as Willig reaches deep into her characters’ souls to depict tragedy, triumph and the depth of love.”
Thank you, RT!!
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
As the publication date of The Garden Intrigue
creeps closer, there have been some lovely reviews popping up around the web, from Sassymonkey, the Girls in the Stacks (Stacy, I heart that you heart Emma!), and Once Upon a Romance.
Thanks, all! And stay tuned for a “Day in the Life” post on Stitch-Read-Cook next Wednesday.