An Honest House

Great thanks to Kevin Cooper for this fabulous review. I was so glad to read it!


51COr80Z3tL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_SYNOPSIS:Β Cynthia Reyes has done it again. Picking up from the early days of her recovery from a car accident, as told in her first book, A Good Home, she shares in this new book intensely lyrical stories of life in her historic farmhouse north of Toronto.

You will hear the birds sing, smell the flowers in their lavish gardens, and taste the red currant jelly and other dishes from plants grown on her property.

You will be challenged as the author immerses you in the reality of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and the courage it takes to live with chronic pain. And you will say a wrenching farewell to the farmhouse as she opens a new chapter in a life still devoted to creating beauty out of the materials that life serves up to her, be they dark and haunting or light and joyful.

REVIEW:Β This is one…

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55 responses to “An Honest House

  1. I hope your book is a great success and give peace to the readers !

  2. wow, another book! well done, Cynthia, wishing you great success πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Annette. You may recall that the first one, A Good Home, was mostly written before the accident, so I am thrilled that I can say this one was completely written in the years AFTER the accident. I badly needed to feel that I had accomplished something. Mind you, kudos to my researcher, mentors, editors, doctors, therapist and publisher who all helped in some way.

  3. It must be very exciting to see your book reviewed.

  4. So delighted for you! xx

  5. Kev

    Nice one, Cynthia! I’m so glad you’re happy with the review. πŸ˜‰

  6. Does it make you nervous, when you see a review of your books? The review is wonderful!

  7. How did I miss this before??? What a fabulous review!

    Sent from my iPhone


  8. Wonderful! As if I weren’t anxious enough to read it – I’ll now be on pins and needles till I can get my hands on it!

    • Well, you have to let me know what you think after reading it, since you and I are history buffs who like buildings that have a story, and the people who have lived in them.

  9. What a brilliant review, hope I’ll get to read your book one day soon.

  10. Another great review. Kudos Cynthia. I hope your book spreads much love and cheer.

  11. Great review, congratulations.

  12. Great review and a good reminder to get my copy!

  13. Sounds like a real page-turner, Cynthia! I happen to have gotten rid of most of my books, since I moved to a simpler one bedroom apartment. I do write out Library Requisition forms, though and sometimes manage to get them to order new books! πŸ™‚

  14. This is a wonderful review, Cynthia!

  15. You must be excited and nervous at thee same time…letting your brain child loose in the big world of readers and critics! happy you got an excellent review !

    • Thank you, Johanna. All the reviews are excellent so far, but you’re so right: I’ve let my child loose in the big world of readers and critics, and that makes me anxious. We don’t want our children to be disliked, right?

  16. Lovely review, Cynthia. So glad for you! All the very best.

  17. Now that is a wonderful review! Congratulations Cynthia ..

  18. Great review and much deserved πŸ™‚

  19. I’m relieved too. I did recommend it to him!

  20. I am reading your first book, now. Such a fascinating, wonderful read that I am not rushing it, but savouring it instead. πŸ’

  21. What a lovely review! I went over to Kevin Cooper’s blog and read the whole thing. When things slow down at my end, I really must get hold of your book and read it. πŸ™‚

  22. What a wonderful review Cynthia! I hope you are starting to feel more assured that you have written a good book and that people are really enjoying reading it. I have read it now and loved all of it. I laughed out loud and was near to tears and didn’t want the book to end. I am no reviewer – I don’t have the skill – but I know a well-written book when I read one and yours is. I admire your spirit and your honesty; your descriptions of the troubles you and your family have faced since your accident fill me with sorrow.
    Thank-you Cynthia.

    • Dear Clare: So glad you got a chance to read AHH. I’m honoured, in fact, as I know you have a very busy life! Thanks for calling it a well-written book – that means a lot to me.
      You have helped me over these recent years more than you know. Thank you, Clare. My best to you and your family.

      • Thank-you Cynthia. I have so little knowledge about reviewing books and wouldn’t wish to seem patronising when all I have is admiration for anyone who writes a book! And I do admire you greatly.
        My best wishes to you and yours too. Clare

  23. Hmmm…. I think too much is made of the skill of book reviewing. I don’t know how to “professionally” review a book myself.

    But I know this: whether a book holds me in its thrall or leaves me cold within 10 pages; whether the main characters are compelling and I have at least one of them to cheer for; whether the storyline is believable and the world of the story is appealing enough that I want to spend time there; and whether I would want to read this book again and recommend it to my friends.

    We write books for readers, not reviewers, and when a reader likes my book well enough to tell me or someone else so — well, that’s a prize, right there!

    You are not patronising in the least, Clare. Thank you for reading my book.

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