(Current fiction & past quality fiction)
“Natural Attraction” (Penner Publishing) by Catherine Haustein became the 5-Star darling “summer read” novel for a number of folks who review books on Amazon.
Examiner long ago began to distrust some reviews on Amazon (and elsewhere) because they obviously were written by people with an interest in selling the book. Which is okay, sort of; we all like for people to buy our books.
But Examiner has been asked again and again through various agencies to write favorable “pimp” reviews for pay, a practice morally abhorrent, ethically wrong and legally fraudulent.
Amazon makes an effort to squash such reviews.
Happily, they have succeeded with “Natural Attraction” because the following reviews come from verified purchasers:
By Lynn Branderhorst on August 1, 2015: “From the moment I opened this book it was extremely difficult to put this fast moving book down! The author does a masterful job of character development. Her historical research was ‘spot on’ and her sense of whimsy made me smile. ‘Natural Attraction’ allowed me to laugh, cry, dream and learn.”
By Cynthia Mahmood on July 18, 2015: “This gender-bending historical romance is an intelligent and imaginative tale that demonstrates the power of life and love, no matter what the time or place. The book broadened my perspective and made me think, as well as being superbly entertaining.”
By Ann Classon on July 7, 2015: “A great summer read! So much fun traveling through history of the 1870’s mining and traveling shows, then add a little science of flora and fauna, a touch of old Dutchy Michigan, all the while throwing in saucy romance and a whole lot of controversy!”
By Bob Boersma on May 27, 2015: “A great read, engrossing and exciting — perfect summertime reading material. I really like the combination of adventure, romance, science and historical fiction this story offers. The author does a wonderful job of bringing serious questions on several issues (gender, religion and science among them) to light while keeping things entertaining.”
When Examiner bought the novel it was because author Catherine Haustein had sent an electronic version seeking an opinion. Examiner has from the beginning declined to read fiction in the cold electronic version. The texture of a story on paper is indigenous to the aura the author creates – aura being “the distinctive atmosphere or quality that seems to surround and be generated by a person.”
To Examiner “Natural Attraction” is all that its reader reviewers say it is but probably more likely the sort of book you might read while rocking in front of a warming fireplace. To Haustein’s credit, her Amazon reviews come from readers of both electronic and print versions. Examiner recommends “Natural Attraction.”