Entry Title Puritan Witch; The Redemption of Rebecca Eames
Author: PENI Jo RENNER
Judge Number: 43
Entry Category: Genre Fiction
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Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 4
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 4
Production Quality and Cover Design: 4
Plot and Story Appeal: 4
Character Appeal and Development: 4
Voice and Writing Style: 5
"Puritan Witch comes with a very nice, hand drawn cover art that really sets both the tone and genre of the book. I was really impressed with this choice. When it comes to plot, the author does state that this is based on a true story. And, I have to say, that perhaps because of this factâ€¦the plot is not totally original. But that doesnâ€™t take away from the enjoyable story. It was gripping and easy to read.
Nice pacing and a great mix of narrative and dialogue. The one thing I would point out is that I didnâ€™t find the dialogue to be totally period correct in some places. If you are writing a historically set novel, you should be aware of how you are depicting each character. Their mannerisms and dialect are very important and know that some readers will find fault in things that donâ€™t â€œsound rightâ€.
That being said, the author has an incredible talent for showing emotions and scene setting. There were times when I actually became uncomfortable reading some of the scenes. This, I believe, is the sign of a talented author and I hope to read more from her in the future. Great voice!
On the editorial side of things, I would love to see this novel put through another final line edit. There are some redundancies; some repetitive phrasing; some unnecessary punctuation and so forth. These things can become distracting in an otherwise excellent production. A satisfying ending wraps things up here and I am left haunted yet happy."
They seemed to really like it nonetheless, so I am happy!
Oh, and FYI: Letters to Kezia will be out sometime in January!