Not All Book Reviews are on Amazon

Having just published my first book, I am anxious to get some great book reviews on Amazon to help boost orders.  And I have received several glowing reviews thus far.  But I was reminded this last week that reviews of a more personal nature are just as treasured.

When “Living With Wanda” was first published, I was contacted by a woman who wanted a copy but didn’t do Amazon or online payments.  I knew her to be a person of my parents’ generation and I was impressed that she was an adept user of FaceBook. She wanted to mail me a check (and I totally understood why.)  Since I knew of, and respected, her long-standing professional presence in my hometown, I mailed her a signed copy even though I didn’t know her on a personal level.

Jenni asked about the person I was mailing a book to without receiving payment.  I said “she’s my mother’s age.  It will be okay.”  (I discovered a few days later that she was actually older than my father!)  After a few weeks of not receiving a check, I chalked it up to miscommunication and rationalized it as a ‘promotional expense’.

And then, yesterday, I received this letter from a 98-year-old. The handwriting, though she apologizes for it, is precious in itself.  It reminds me so much of what my father’s letters used to look like when he would drop me a short note. 



So that you don’t miss any of its dearness, I will transcribe:

               Dear Dave,

                    Enjoying the book immensely. Have been very ill so excuse writing.                      Lots of laughs & and put myself in your situations.  Sometimes it                          was not funny.

                    Half way through.  Sorry to be late with check.

                    I have been very ill but on the mend.

                    Laughed a great deal.  You have a good wife.  Tell her, I would                            have thrown you out a long time ago.  She must have a great                              sense of humor.

                    Hope you are writing another.

               Your friend,


After I read the letter, I left it on the kitchen island for Jenni to read.  You could hear her laughter throughout the house!

The letter is a treasure and will go in a box where I store other precious scripts. 

Gosh, I hope I live to my friend's age and can still make people laugh. 

Thank you for making my day dear friend.


If you enjoy stories like this, please look for my book, 
on Amazon.  Available in eBook and Paperback.

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