Years ago I heard someone say “Anchovies are a helluva thing, you either like them or you don’t.” I guess this is true for a lot of things. As I expected, I have received my first negative review. Although I knew it would come, I still found it a bit depressing until I looked more closely at it. Many of the things the reader identified as flaws are things that I like about it.
For example, one thing that I particularly hate in novels and in life is when problems are magnified because no one is willing to discuss them. I have been happily married for 22 years, partially because I don’t allow problems to fester. Therefore my hero and heroine are honest, they generally don’t hide things from each other and they admit when they have made a mistake. This works for me in real life :-).
However, in her review the reader states “In this case, every situation, every disagreement gets resolved a bit too easily.” Yes, in fact for the most part, problems are resolved easily in Highland Solution because the characters generally communicate well. I intended for it to be that way because I believe it is one of the keys to happiness. On the other hand, a reviewer on Amazon wrote “The two main characters were strong but showed compassion and goodness throughout the story.” That too was my intention because in my experience strong, good, compassionate people learn how to resolve problems before they become out of hand. So both readers saw the same thing; one liked it, one didn’t.
I suppose it comes down to personal preference. Anchovies are a helluva thing.