Review Policy

Are you an author or a publisher and you’d like me to review your book? I’d love to! Unfortunately I no longer accept self-published books. This is because I received quite a few request for books in genres that I don’t read, and I really don’t like to turn people down, so for now I’m going to say no to self-published books. However, if you’re a self-published author and you strongly feel that your book is the one for me you can always send me an email, though I cannot guarantee that I will accept the book for review.

I give honest though fair reviews, so I cannot guarantee a raving review for every book I read but I do keep the tone of my reviews civil and polite. I accept both hard-copies (paperbacks and hardcovers) and ebooks (in Kindle format). For hard-copies, please note that I am located in France, so please take that into account when shipping a book to me.

I prefer historical, literary, and Middle Eastern fiction, but I am not limited to these genres. I am, however, not fond of chick-lit, vampire or zombie novels, erotica and soppy romance novels. I don’t accept non-fiction either.

So if you want me to review your book, please send me an email or leave a comment on this page and I’ll get in touch with you 😀

My rating system is as follows:

stars= I did not like it at all

starsstars= It was alright

starsstarsstars= I like it, but it had some flaws

starsstarsstarsstars= I really liked it

starsstarsstarsstarsstars= It was amazing

One thought on “Review Policy

  1. Oskar Marrano

    Dear Philippa

    I am writing in order to request a review of my book ‘Eudocia’s Vision’, self-published on Amazon. I just read your review policy, in particular your comment regarding self-published books, but I “strongly feel” that my book is one in which you may find some interest. It is a historical novel that describes events that took place in Palestine in the historical period of British rule in this country. Here is a slightly more detailed description:

    The Temple Scroll was one of numerous documents describing the life of saintly societies of priests whose daily routines and religious practices embodied an ideal of holiness. It was written by members of an ancient monastic sect living in the Judean desert. The idea of writing those documents was originally suggested to the leader of this sect sometime during the sixth century by a Byzantine woman named Eudocia. The story of this ancient document, and of the search for it in modern times, unfolds through its interaction with the story of a love affair involving a young Jewish woman from Jerusalem’s Orthodox community, Naomi, and a British officer, Captain Gareth O’Reilly, who serves in Palestine during the period of British rule in this country, in the years immediately preceding World War II.
    Naomi, who wishes to avoid an arranged marriage, leaves her family and hides for some time in some monasteries in Jerusalem. In this way, both Naomi and Gareth become acquainted with the story of the Temple Scroll, given the fact that this ancient document figures as the focus of intense interest, not only by individuals from the scholarly, academic world, but also among members of the religious, monastic establishment in Jerusalem. Among those involved in the search for the scroll is a clandestine religious clan whose members – all inmates of monasteries in Jerusalem – entertain heretic ideas derived from certain ancient Gnostic traditions and engage in certain forms of ritual, as well as in illegal trade in ancient and forged documents. A series of killings, apparently related to the search for the scroll, and to illegal dealings with ancient documents more generally, is investigated by the British police in Jerusalem. One of the victims of these killings is a Jewish scholar closely related to Jerusalem’s Orthodox community who happens also to be involved in the search for Naomi on behalf of this community. Fearing that he may be suspected of being implicated in this murder case, Gareth O’Reilly deserts his unit in the British military police and the two lovers leave Jerusalem and embark on a journey in an attempt to reach the northern border and flee from Palestine into French-dominated Lebanon. By some coincidence, this journey takes them in the footsteps of the Temple Scroll. Toward the end of their journey, while hiding in a monastery in the northern city of Haifa, Naomi learns the truth about the fate of this ancient document.

    Looking forward to hear from you soon
    best wishes
    Oskar Marrano

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