My novel Let It Be has reached a milestone: it’s one year old as of this May!
It wasn’t so very long ago (a mere decade) that the idea for this novel, which had been gestating for roughly nine months, would come to fruition after a summer of soul searching and repeated sampling of albums from the post-Revolver period of The Beatles’ musical career, a commingling that led me to the idea of tying the break up of a family of four to the break up of The Beatles in 1969 (which is also the year that I was born).
In its first year, Let It Be has sold thousands of copies and has garnered over a hundred positive reviews and ratings from book bloggers (including Book’d Out, The Teatime Reader, Love at First Book, and Literary R&R, to name a few), Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple’s iTunes Bookstore. Here are a few of my favorites:
- I was completely swept away by this book. Could NOT put it down. Beautifully realized and written story of a divorce, and the frightening ways it causes people to either grow up or stagnate. It’s a story about sacrifice and forgiveness and regret. Each chapter was thoughtfully put together, almost always in one point of view, utilizing a Beatles’ song as the title. — Annette Reynolds, Goodreads
- I just finished this book, in two and a half days and all I can say is WOW! Amazing! I am still crying from the ending. This book is so well written and so descriptive . . . there are no words to express how deeply this book affected me. Well written, amazing story, you will be carried into this book through the wonderful prose of this fantastic author. Bravo! Highly recommend this one to all . . . a MUST READ! — Deb B. at Amazon
- I thoroughly enjoyed Let It Be. I became so engrossed in the story the first night I picked it up that I surprised myself by reading half of it in one sitting. I couldn’t wait to see what would become of these characters, and whether their lives would ever straighten out. — Bobbie Grob for Readers’ Favorite
- Loved it! And not just because I’m a Beatles fan. But it takes you back to a time and place that’s so vivid you can’t help but lose yourself in it. — Victoria Noe, Goodreads
I want to say a sincere thank you to all of the readers out there who took a chance on this novel. Let It Be is a personal story, as most novels are, but it also allowed me to express the love I have for the music of The Beatles, music which played a formative role in my life, and although the links between the novel Let It Be and The Beatles’ album Let It Be are at times abstract, they are none the less as real for me today, and as moving, as they were when I completed the book’s final draft.
So here’s to the next year, and the next, and in the interim, perhaps, the birth of a sibling, a novel very different from Let It Be which wants very much to find its way into the wide, wide world (but which will, for now, remain nameless and–sigh–unknown).
Let It Be is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, and other fine retailers where books are sold!