This time it is one of my novels that’s reviewed, by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers’ Favorite.
She gives it a 5 for Appearance, 5 for Plot, 4 for Development, 5 for Formatting, 4 for Marketability, and 5 for Overall Opinion.
She goes on to say: “Granduncle Bertie by William Peace is an inspirational novel about
one man’s quest for a peaceful death. The story unravels when
Albert Smithson asks his grandniece Sarah to help him write his
memoir. In the last seven years, the two have been partners in
writing popular children’s picture books, with Granduncle Bertie as
the writer and Sarah as the illustrator. As the story unravels, Sarah
finds out that Bertie is traumatized by the excruciating death of his
father and suffers from thanatophobia or fear of death. He has lived
a good life and has overcome many difficulties, and now he wants
his memoir to reflect his inner struggles. It will chronicle events in
his life that make him realize that to die in a peaceful state, he has
to accomplish three conditions.
William Peace’s Granduncle Bertie is a thought-provoking read. All
human beings begin life, and all human beings die. This is
undoubtedly a theme relevant to all of us. William Peace’s literary
style engages his readers quickly in considering essential questions
not only about how we want to die but also about how we want to
live. Narrated from the point of view of Sarah, a woman in her late
twenties, the tone is chatty and informal. Most of us can relate to
Granduncle Bertie as a familiar family story. What makes it unique
is that it attempts to explore a sensitive theme. This book suggests
that exploring one’s fear of death may allow us to live more fully.