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Happy Days!

Posted on: February 25, 2020

There are many things that make me happy, but as a writer, good reviews and happy readers just make my day. A super review for Amanda in Holland: Missing in Action was recently posted on Robbie Cheadle´s blog.


Darlene Foster has a lovely series of travel combined with mystery books for middle school readers. Amanda in Holland is the fourth book in this series I have read and it certainly did not disappoint me.

The book is action-packed and filled with interesting titbits of information about life in Holland, WWII and perseverance and determination in unraveling a mystery.

Amanda is a clever and kind girl who will appeal to middle school and young teenagers who will admire her pluck.

Read more about what she has to say here

Jacquie Biggar posted a great review of Amanda in Alberta: The Writing on the Stone on her blog https://jacqbiggar.com/2020/02/24/bookreview-amanda-in-alberta-by-darlene-foster-childrensmystery-supermegawoman/

Amanda in Alberta is a fun, page-turning mystery with interesting tidbits of indigenous history along with Alberta landmarks thrown in.

While geared toward the pre-teen age group, this book has something for every reader to enjoy.

I give Amanda in Alberta four lovely kisses- Traveling with Amanda is an adventure!

Read the rest of the review along with a couple of perfect pictures here

And a long time blogging friend and amazing photographer, Ruth Hendricks, https://rutheh.com/ sent me a great picture of her granddaughter, Maura, receiving Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting in the mail. She looks pretty happy.

These are the things that make the hard work of writing books worthwhile.

It’s been ten years since my first book, Amanda in Arabia: The Perfume Flask was published. I never imagined I would have a series of seven books out there. A huge thank you to everyone who has read my books, written reviews, told friends, family, and teachers about my books, given them as gifts and sent me emails and pictures. It has been the huge support of so many that has made this dream of mine come true. I can’t thank you enough.

You can read more about my books on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Darlene-Foster/e/B003XGQPHA

or on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3156908.Darlene_Foster

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46 Responses to "Happy Days!"

“Feedback the breakfast of champions” certainly fits you Darlene, well done.

Thank you so much. Love that quote.

Used it many times in my professional life to give CEOs an earful 😂😂

Congrats, Darlene!

Thanks, Stevie. It’s great to get reviews on older books too.

I am glad to see Amanda in Holland is getting rave reviews!

Thanks so much, Nancy. Makes my day!!

Bravo! I have started a collection of these books for a relative who is nearing the age for reading them….can’t wait to see her response!

How wonderful. You’ll have to send me a picture when you give them to her. If you read them to her, you’ll get to travel as well. Thanks, John.

Great reviews, Darlene. Bet you were doing a wee happy dance when you read them 🙂

I was too. Thanks, Mary.

It does not get much better than that for a writer, Darlene–great pic of a happy reader!

I just love that picture! Reviews do make me very happy!!

Congratulations, Darlene!

As a new author, I realize how important good reviews are. Somewhere I read that Amazon takes notice when authors’ book reviews reach the number “50” mark. I don’t know, if that is true, but I am making progress with my first publication, a memoir, #30 and counting.

I admire your persistence and pluck. You deserve high honors for all your Amanda books. 🙂

I think I read that too. If you have 30 already you are doing very well and well on your way. The problem with children’s books is that the kids can’t write reviews on Amazon so it has to be the adults who put them there. So I am extremely happy whenever I get a review.

Your Amanda series is great, Darlene. I read Jacquie’s super review earlier and want to read Amanda in Spain.

Thanks, Robbie for being an Amanda fan. Amanda in Spain is my most popular book and I wrote it before I moved here. So it from the perspective of a first time visitor.

Congratulations, my writing friend! Am so proud of you!

Thank you, your support is so well appreciated.

Good reviews are gifts, each to be treasured. Congrats on your achievements, Darlene!

They are indeed gifts and I thank you for this one!

Congrats to you….awesome reviews and well deserved!!

Thanks so much for your kind words, Kirt.

You really are impressive, Darlene. Seven books is certainly something to be proud of.
The two reviews are delightful.

Thanks, Cath. I often think I should be more productive, but seven books is a good amount when you think of it. I was over the moon about these reviews.

Congratulations on the great review, Darlene! Maura makes for a very attractive and engaging “book model.”

Thanks, Liz. Maura is perfect! Her genuine enthusiasm shows.

Congratulations, Darlene, on the great reviews. I’m happy for you!

Thank you so much, Debra. And thank you for your great review of Amanda in Holland. So pleased you liked it and that you came in person to meet me and buy a copy. xo

How fabulous, Darlene. Congratulations.

Congratulations! What great reviews. Well done you.

Thanks, Anne. It was what it took to get me writing again.

Darlene, I’ve seen both of these and commented on their posts & reviews – wow! I’m so happy for you! Congratulations and it must have been 10 amazing years for you! 😀

Thanks, Annika. I read your comments. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to see if it is real and not a dream. xo

Lucky me! I’m in my library and discovered your site from It’s Just Life. I’m going to see if we have your Amanda books here in Alabama. I’m a budding author, too. Mine is Southern dystopian, women’s fiction…A little different from your work. I was hoping to get the work done this month, but I’m having trouble with timeline consistency. Hopefully, I’ll be searching for an agent next month. Hope you’ll visit Sweetgum Life, soon!

How wonderful to have you visit my blog. Good luck with your manuscript. It is best not to rush it, it will all come together in its own time. If my books aren’t in the bookstores, they can most likely order them. I know for sure Barnes and Noble can. They are also on Amazon. Thanks so much for stopping by.

How wonderful, Darlene! 😀

Thanks, Jennie! Authors need these. 😍

Yes, they do! I see Pete posted a story from your old house photo. I’m headed over to read it now.

Congratulations, Darlene. These are awesome reviews!

They are wonderful, aren´t they? I´m pretty happy!!

Congratulations Darlene. You are rocking it.

Thanks, Diane. Just what I needed.

Happy Days indeed! Congratulations, Darlene. Hugs on the wing!

Thank you so much. Hugs back!

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