Thursday, December 03, 2009

My First Review of RESCUING OLIVIA!


And I couldn't be more pleased! The reviewer "got" it! :-D

"Modern-day fairy tale about a princely Florida lawn guy who must rescue his princess from a clutch of monsters.

"In the five months Anders Erickson has lived with Olivia Mayfield, he’s fallen ever more deeply in love with her and determined to propose marriage. But his plans are put on hold by a motorcycle trip to a special swimming hole at the edge of the Ocala National Forest that turns disastrous when someone steals his two helmets, someone runs his Harley off the road and sends its passengers to two different hospitals, and someone spirits off the comatose Olivia, tells Anders she’s died and expunges every record of her stay. The fact that these malefactors are three different people removes the tale from the realm of documentary reality and nudges it closer to fable. Yet once Olivia’s pharmaceutical-king father Lawrence and her ex-fiancĂ©, Iraq war veteran Brent Campbell, are established as the lead dragons, Compton (Tell No Lies, 2008) burrows so deeply into Olivia’s and Anders’ troubled back stories and dramatizes in such psychologically compelling terms the swain’s attempt to rescue his princess—aided by his friends Lenny and Shel, complicated by Lenny’s ex-wife Crystal, a born siren—that the result is a pleasing hybrid of fairy tale and contemporary thriller.

"Anders’ road is a long one, and the twists along the way won’t keep you on the edge of your seat. But Compton’s increasingly pointed questions about what exactly it would mean to rescue Olivia make the journey worthwhile." Kirkus Reviews

11 comments:

Tom Wallace said...

Very cool! I can't wait to read it. I'll definitely be at the book launch party. :-)

Julie Compton said...

Thank you, Tom!!!

Margaret Reyes Dempsey said...

Wow!! That's a keeper. Congratulations on the great review. But I already knew it was a winner. ;-)

Julie Compton said...

Thanks Marg! How did the booksigning go today?

Linda said...

I absolutely can't wait to read it! And congrats on the review....one of the many, I am sure, to follow! Couldn't happen to a nicer person....

Julie Compton said...

Thank you Linda! :-)

Angie Ledbetter said...

I have severely punished the kidlet who brought the arc pkg. inside long ago and never told Mom! A tardy thank you, dear author.

Am LOVING the characters and plot tension. Hard to put down.

Put your interview up at Rose & Thorn Journal's new blog the other day. Looks great. Wanna do another for Rescuing for my blog and R&T's?

Huggage

Terena said...

wonderful review!!!!

Julie Compton said...

Thanks Angie and Terena. :-)

Angie, I'm so glad you're enjoying (and that you found the ARC)! And you know I would love to do an interview for Rescuing Olivia. I'll email you.

Thank you both!

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Julie! Can't wait to read it.

I've ridden my Harley through the Ocala National Forest. An eerie ride indeed late on a cloudy and misty Saturday afternoon -- and a great setting for intrigue.

All the best,

Mike Philpott

Julie Compton said...

Thanks Mike. We still have to go riding soon.