5 * Review of A PASSING STORM

i have been feeling a little down lately, and so I was particularly pleased to receive the following 5 STAR Review of my book A PASSING STORM by NATASHA JACKSON  of the Readers’ Favorites site:


by Phyllis J. Burton

Romance – Contemporary

352 Pages

Reviewed on 08/07/

Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers’ Favorite

Phyllis J. Burton’s A Passing Storm is the intriguing story of Jennifer and Peter, a couple married for more than two decades when things start to change. In their twenty-fourth year together, Peter suddenly becomes obsessed with his career goals and all the trappings that go along with being made Chief Executive of an international company. Unable to face the failings in her marriage, Jennifer seeks refuge in Scotland, where she meets a handsome stranger called Angus. He is warm and caring where Peter is cold and indifferent. Jennifer is torn between going after her own happiness and doing what is deemed “right” by society. Instead of running head first back to Scotland and into Angus’s arms, she stays and puts up with her husband’s infidelity and indifference.

A Passing Storm is written in two parts so we get to know both Angus and Jennifer better and understand the different paths their lives took during their time apart. It was a stroke of genius on Phyllis Burton’s part to tell the story in this manner as it allows the reader to simply get absorbed in one tale, then the other. Every word is written for meaning rather than effect, which made A Passing Storm all the more real. While it seems that Angus grew as a character, I am sad to say that Jennifer did not. She never did take responsibility for her own happiness, and while her choice of partner changed the outcome, I would have loved to see Jennifer become a bit more independent and proactive. Although I did find it difficult to connect with Jennifer, I felt great sympathy for her life and inability to do anything about it and I longed for Angus from his first whispered words.

Phyllis Burton did a fantastic job and her perfectly measured words were soothing, heartfelt, and poetic.”

About phylburton

I live in south-west Surrey in England. I am an author of three published books, and I have another book of short stories due for publication in March 2018. I love singing, water-colour painting, walking, Cornwall and of course writing and reading good books. All three of my books - A PASSING STORM, PAPER DREAMS and WHEN THE ICE MELTS, were published by Matador (Troubador Publishing) Ltd. WHEN THE ICE MELTS was published in August 2016. My next book - THE POWER OF LOVE - is due to be published by Bridge House Publishing in March 2018. For more details about me and my writing, please go to my website: www.phyllisburton.com
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4 Responses to 5 * Review of A PASSING STORM

  1. Jane Risdon says:

    Wonderful review Phyllis. So sorry you lost Bailey and I hope you will start to feel a little better soon….not easy I know. Apologies for not popping in more often, the fall in December which broke my collar bone, shoulder and so on has been getting me down as so hard to do anything at all let alone type. Got to wait for another 6 months before all 3 operations done….be nice if they started!! Anyway, I had a deadline of end of August to complete two 10,000 word short stories for an anthology coming out at Xmas for a charity so had to do my best and that took it out of me. So few visits, comments and posts and I am afraid I have been remiss. Sorry. I do read what you are up to and enjoy your pieces and will do whatever I can to help with sharing your posts and adverts for your work. Just post your links on my FB author page whenever you want. Jane 🙂

    • phylburton says:

      Thank you, Jane. Life has a habit of throwing obstacles in the way of health and happiness doesn’t it? I’m so sorry that you are still having such problems with your collar-bone, it must be very painful. I am trying to get back to normal with things, but losing Bailey has hit Jim and badly: he was a large dog and has left a rather large hole in our lives. We are going away for a few days and when I come back, I might be able to write properly again. Keep smiling and thanks for the invitation to post links on your FB page – you can do the same on mine…

      • Jane Risdon says:

        Phyllis, so sorry for all your woes at the moment. I do hope things get better but I know you cannot replace your lovely Bailey. Not just my collar bone, shoulder and arm too…getting to the end of my tether but that’s life. Have a great break and come back refreshed and ready to roll. We can chat then 🙂

  2. francenestanley says:

    There’s nothing like a good review to lift the spirits. Well done with your writing. Concentrate on what you love and the rest will follow. We all have so much to be thankful for.

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