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A spoonful of review keeps Imposter Syndrome at bay

There are, they say, only seven plots under the sun. There are also hundreds of thousands of stories out there. These stories are all built around these seven plots but, at the same time, they're all very different to each other, which goes to show just how creative writers can be.

However, despite the differences, stories in the same genre do tend to fall into set categories, or tropes. These tell readers the type of story it is going to be. Many readers have specific tropes they prefer to read.

A Betrothal Agreement, my second book for The Wild Rose Press, is centred around one of the most popular tropes in romantic fiction: the fake relationship. Sophie and Kit both have their reasons for pretending to be in a relationship with each other, while neither of them wants, or expects, to truly fall in love.

A reader left a review of A Betrothal Agreement on my Goodreads page, and I have to say, I was thrilled with it. I don't know the reviewer, or anything about them, but their review made my day.

The first line of it says, “My last read followed this exact premise, however, this was written better.”

Like most authors, I constantly suffer from Impostor Syndrome*. But to know someone thought this about my work? Well, it acted on that imposter syndrome the way a linctus works to suppress a cough. For the time being, it has gone, and I've had a smile on my face all day.

So, Page, whoever you are, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

*Imposter Syndromea feeling of insecurity when you don’t feel qualified or deserving of your achievements, together with the fear that you will be exposed as a fraud, even though the evidence says that you are not one.

A Betrothal Agreement is published by The Wild Rose Press.

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