Sometimes your book gets a review that even if everyone else who reads it hates, it won’t matter. Such is the case with the review of If You Knew posted on Romance Novels For the Beach. Here is the link: https://romance4thebeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/if-you-knew-by-barbara-meyers/
And here are some of the quotes from the review:
“Little did I know this book would make me confront my own biases and prejudices, and learn the importance of acknowledging that who a person is now is often more important than who they once were.”
“They’ve both been on a journey in life, and they’ve each had a few unexpected bumps and curves along the way. When we look at who they are today we find that they’re stronger because of the difficulties they’ve traversed in the past. Not to mention…we also learn they aren’t the only ones in this wholesome little town with secrets.”
“Some secrets are more potent than others, including cheating spouses and hidden sexualities, but what’s most surprising is the fact that some of these people with their hidden lies are the same ones to judge Devonny when her past comes to light.”
Final Impressions: This book will really make you rethink how you look at other people, and cause you to pause before you pass judgement on others. The beauty of the moral lesson presented in this romance is that it never feels like you’re being preached to, or made to feel guilty for having those judgments. At times it’s simply our first reaction, but the true test is whether or not we can look beyond those first impressions to see the true nature of a person. It also makes us look at ourselves, and in a way admit our own faults when we try to find faults in others. This was definitely more than the simple “moving on from tragedy” romance I was expecting. We really saw a social message built in as well that I wasn’t expecting, but in the end appreciated.
If you don’t write novels, it’s hard to explain how difficult it is to hit the mark of what you want to convey through fiction. I grew up in a multitude of small towns with my mother constantly asking, “What will people think?
The message received was, don’t show anyone who you really are because they’ll judge you and it won’t be good.
Ironically, a couple of years ago the phrase “no judgment” was all the rage. But these days? It seems we judge everyone and everything often by some pretty bizarre standards.
If You Knew is my attempt to confront judgment of others head-on and to show that judgment is often the root of hypocrisy and nothing more. At least one reviewer gets it.