Eich sylwadau chi...your responses...

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My Beautiful Imperial

It's obviously good to be able to see what the professionals think of a book, and I've been lucky enough to have some great feedback from readers such as Catherine Hanley, Karl French, Michael Langan and the reader at Literature Wales.

However, it's also good to know what 'real' readers think of my work. Here are some of the responses I've received during the last couple of weeks to My Beautiful Imperial. I'm so grateful that people have taken the time to send me their thoughts. I love the remarks. Some are Facebook comments that really reflect my readers' sense of humour. Others are more formal reviews on Amazon.  Hopefully, they will all make you want to know more. I've added them in the language I received them and translated where necessary. Diolch i bawb. Thank you everyone. 

 

‘Oh! Rhiannon, your book has nearly caused a divorce next door!! Dad is so enjoying it he won’t put it down & can’t do anything else! With his failing eyesight he is a very slow reader. He loves the fact that he knows all the places in Wales. Thank you so much for writing it & sharing your beautiful story with us all xxx’
— Vicky Crabtree on Facebook
Wedi un y bore, a gwaith erbyn hanner wedi saith. Diawl Rhiannon, we’n i ffeili rhoi e lawr.
Stori wych. Diolch.
[Translation for those of you not lucky enough to speak Welsh: ‘Gone one in the morning, work starts at seven thirty. Dammit Rhiannon, I couldn’t put down. Fantastic story. Thank you.]
— Owen Morgan on Facebook
Masterful. Years of research into a mysterious family heirloom has made Rhiannon Lewis an expert on the little known history of the Chilean civil war of the late nineteenth century. Yet her writing skill is such that her book is a page-turning, character-rich thriller of a novel. Thoroughly recommended, whether or not you think you’re interested in the subject.
— Katrina Kirkwood reviewing the book on Amazon
A great read. A fascinating historical context (the Chilean civil war, end of the 19th century), and a good story-line, made all the more interesting because it is based on the story of the author’s own ancestor, who left his native Wales to become a sea captain and ended up embroiled in Chile’s turbulent politics of the time.
— Dr Lynda I A Birke reviewing the book on Amazon
This is a tour de force of a novel based on the adventures of the author’s relative. He escaped the poverty of his west Wales homeland to sea and ended up closely involved in the late nineteenth century revolution in Chile. The story is set against a sensitive backdrop of the social norms of the era and with some wonderfully evocative accounts of natural life. It is highly recommended and so has to be a must read for 2018.
— M Hayes reviewing the book for this website
This book is a great read. It tells the story of a boy, Davy, growing up in a farming community in West Wales, following his life as a sailor which leads to his involvement in a revolution in Chile. Davy is the hero of the book, but through his life he encounters adventure, love, death and everything in between. It’s a fascinating and amazing story, beautifully written by Rhiannon Lewis. Once I started, I couldn’t put this book down and didn’t want it to end. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
— Steve reviewing the book on Amazon
A lovely read. Many interesting strands which were all brought together at the end. Enjoyed the Welsh and Chilean aspects; I learnt about a period of history I knew nothing about. The author has a flowing style and the story is told in a way which makes you eager to return to the book. I’d like to read more by this author.
— Reviewer on Amazon
A scintillating account straddling two disparate cultures in the nineteenth century - poverty stricken west Wales and an anti-government revolution in Chile. This unique account appears to be based on family documents and brings a unique realism to a facinating story. An putdownable account well worth reading.
— Margaret reviewing on Amazon
A thoroughly engaging read. It is one of those books you don’t want to put down once you start. I look forward to more books from this author in the future.
— The Reader reviewing on Amazon