The most gratifying thing that could happen to me as a writer is to get a strong “thumbs-up” response from a highly respected book reviewer. Others, I’m sure, find satisfaction in other ways, such as number of sales, being on a “best-seller” list, the notoriety that goes with being a published author, etc. etc.
I was surprised (just a bit) and more than pleased when I read Glenda Bixler’s review of Her Mother’s Diary on Amazon. She is considered among the very best in her field and she gave my book 5 Stars, the very best rating there is. Her comments included in her review were highly complimentary. I was so happy about it that I telephoned her- she lives in Pennsylvania- and thanked her.