When Readers Totally Get You: A Review of Stolen

A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon Emma's blog:  Reading Room Cafe Project.  In addition to being a fantastic writer in her own right (under the name E.K. Lea), I noticed that she was a girl on a mission.  That mission is to share her experience and know-how of the publishing world to help other writers trying to make a go of it in the literary world.  I got a little lost in reading all of her blog posts, enjoying them thoroughly. In my reading, I noticed that she also reviews books.  With my little writer's heart beating madly in my chest, I sent her a request to review Stolen.  She responded quickly and accepted. 

It was a relief when she messaged me to say that she'd finished it and loved it, but when I read her review I was overjoyed - she completely understood what I was going for and wrote such lovely words about her take on the book. I'm sharing it here because I loved it so. 

"I started this book knowing that I’d probably like it. As the blurb of the book itself describes
“In the twilight days of World War II, seventeen year old Ella’s heart is broken when her partner, Jesse, mysteriously vanishes from their London ballet school. A search for him proves futile, leaving Ella to take matters into her own hands. Lured by a strange melody, she ventures through an old attic door and emerges in an idyllic, magical land. There she meets Wren, who instills in her the ways of the forest and fear of the mountain queen. The quest to rescue her lost love forces Ella down a path that questions her loyalty, tests her fortitude, and examines her heart’s deepest desires.”
It’s more than that, though. It’s a tale of friendship, solidarity and redemption, that even if one dream is shattered, new dreams can come to fruition, that as long as there is someone in your life who loves you – a lover or a parent or a friend – you can make it back into the world.
For me, this was a very nostalgic novel, too. I’m a child of Narnia. From The Magician’s Nephew to The Last Battle. And this White Queen who tempts little boys away and… I’m getting ahead of myself, spoilers! It is reminiscent of that.
And Rossetti! I studied her years ago and have taught her since and there is something of the Victorian poet. In the other world, Wren becomes Ella’s only friend, her sister. and, as in Rossetti’s Goblin Market, Ella is tempted away into terrible danger despite Wren’s warnings.
In short, Stolen is beautiful, read it." 
From the bottom of my heart, thank you Emma!

This review and other great content can be found at https://readingroomcafeproject.com/ .  Go check it out!  You can also find her books in her Etsy shop.


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