This is the kind of letter authors dream about … when we realize how much our writing touches the life of a complete stranger:
Dear Leslie Carroll:
I happened to be inside a Borders book store on Sunday, June 27th. I saw the cover of your book “Temporary Insanity”. I turned to read the back of it and knew I had to purchase it. However, I had no idea that the book would mimic my life as close as it did. I was raised by my grandmother (whom I call Mema). I’ve lived w/ her all of my life. I am 26 years old and unfortunately… my grandmother (Mema) passed away on Sunday, January 11, 2004. I feel like your book is about my life w/ Mema. I finished the book today (Wednesday, June 30th) and I have to say, it’s by far the best book that I’ve ever read. I’ve been struggling to find some sort of happiness since she passed because we were extremely close. I have always declined the thought of imagining living life without my beloved Mema. I just had to let you know that your book brought some happiness into my life. Happiness is something that I have not experienced since January 11, 2004 and for that… I thank you Ms. Carroll. Thank you very much.
Capitol Heights, MD
And then there are the critics:
Carroll’s dramatic flair and peppy, earnest account of all-too-real office scenarios distinguish this spirited chick-lit offering.
[A] powerful piece of fiction . . .
~Complete Woman magazine
. . . It’s like a part of your own life put into words. Plan for a few laughs, a few heartfelt sighs, and even some angry moments that make you glad you are not in Alice’s shoes. . . .a great book to read with your friends in order to indulge in a few thought-provoking discussions after.
~Tracy Farnsworth, www.roundtablereviews.com
. . . poignant, funny and touching. . . . spot-on dialogues and an unforgettable cast of characters. . . Temporary Insanity does have its laugh-out-loud comic scenes, but it is the quiet and introspective moments, the courage and hopes that really touched my heart.
~Kris Alice Hohls, www.aromancereview.com
. . . a fast paced, funny tale of life in the Big Apple that is sure to please any reader . . . Ms Carroll has proven that she knows how to write for the modern woman. . .
~Patti Fischer, Romance ReviewsToday