My husband really wanted to write a Goodreads review for Door to Door (my first book), but I hesitated to let him. He’s my husband, after all. But, he’s also a fan. I finally relented and said he could write one for Goodreads. I was humbled by what he wrote. I’m sharing it here because… well, it gives me joy
I understand that a review from the author’s spouse may be a bit unusual, but this is one of my favorite stories! I have about a dozen books I love just because I love them, for many different reasons. I go back to them year after year because I love to BE in those worlds. That is the genius of Door to Door. You aren’t reading a book, you are living in the world TL Brown created for you. And you will want to BE in that world over and over.
Door to Door is a fantastic read. Though I thought the genre was not my thing, once I read the book and became involved in the world it invites us into, I was totally hooked. TL Brown couldn’t get chapters to me fast enough!
The world-building in this book pulls you quickly into a story that has all the right things: mystery, murder, magic, adventure, sexual tension, and deep friendships.
The main character, Emily, is the Luke Skywalker of cozy mysteries.
The main character, Emily, is the Luke Skywalker of cozy mysteries. She’s thrown into a world she knows nothing about, and emerges as a brave and powerful force, an adventurer every bit as flawed, unpredictable, powerful and lovable as Luke. There is something epic about Door to Door that excites me in the same way that story did.
Part of the ‘magic’ in this book (apart from the actual magic) is Brown’s careful treatment of the characters we meet and their relationship with Emily. TL Brown makes us feel as strongly about the friends (and foes) Emily meets as she herself does. I CARE about what happens to these people!
So, in the early days, TL Brown talked to me about the book, and I loved hearing her ideas. As she wrote the book and shared chapters with me, I then LOVED the book! You will too!
Buy it. Read it. Love it. Simple.
– Goodreads review, Gordon Simmons