Book Reviews

Book Reviews

ReviewsHere at Magnhild Press we take our book reviews seriously, but more than that, we sincerely appreciated our readers who take the time to write their reviews. Jotting down your impressions and feelings about books  you’ve just read to actually write reviews takes some pondering, and even a little self-exploration. We encourage reviews, even as simple as, “I liked it,” or “It wasn’t my cup of tea,” so we know what our readers are thinking once they’ve read one of our titles. Thank you, dear readers!


I have read all three books in the series and Prairie Fire is a fabulous read as a stand-alone or as the third volume in the series. Shellam’s ability to interweave several stories at a time without causing confusion is phenomenal. I have fallen in love with all her characters and look forward to more books in this series.

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By Patty R. on May 13, 2016

Djuna Shellam’s interwoven tales in “The Em Suite” just keep getting better and better! The characters are so well drawn that you will find yourself, in turn, cheering for them and getting absolutely infuriated with them. One thing you will not be is bored, as the stories of Em, Dot, and, of course, Prairie Fire, further unfold. If you read this book and love it as I did, then you must go back and read “The Incredible Transformations of Alice Hollywood” and “Mackenna on the Edge.” You will enjoy a very good read as these books continue the stories of the wonderful “Em Suite” women in a non-sequential and extremely interesting way.

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By “Luvagoodread”

*The Incredible Transformations of Alice Hollywood* (Kindle Edition)
This was a well-thought-out storyline. Shellam’s phrasing is so entertaining and the story of Alice unfolds in a most interesting and in depth manner. I loved this book! It is not your usual fly-by-night lesbian romance. A delight for all readers!

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5.0 out of 5 starsBrava!

By Barry Schnell on January 19, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

Keen details galore infused into deep characters thrust into fantastically difficult situations. There’s something for everyone—love, humor, fear, hope, and tactical hanky-panky. It was easy to get sucked into Shellam’s wonderfully descriptive settings and exchanges of fanciful dialogue shared between friends and enemies, masters and subordinates, and the sober and un-sober. If you were only going to read one more book, make it this one.

By Anne C. Eriksen (Norway)

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

I found the start a bit slow, and with too many details. I was impatient, and wanted the main characters to open up for their relationship. After I while I liked the details, and the “movie” in my head was very clear. I must say it was increasingly more difficult to close the book, as I needed to know what happened next. Throughout the book new stories unfold, really good incorporated in the main story. I found the language of Alice rather strong, but all in all: I really liked the way the stories was nested together. A good “plot”. And I loved the end to be “the beginning”.

The story is from mid 70’s, and the book can also be read as a history book of how the homophobia could be lifethreatening and ruin peoples life.

The title could have been “The decisive moment”, this book have many decisive moments.
Djuna Shellam, I look forward to your next book!

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by Wenley Om

Expect to put off a few things you intend to do when you pick up a book by Djuna. In Alice Hollywood Djuna will introduce you to a few women you will find difficult to walk away from. Share the experience with your partner or selfishly turn the pages yourself. 

The characters easily become familiar and their ability to reach you and keep you entertained is what a reader expects when opening a book by Djuna. You will flirt with fantasy and indulge in forgotten passions and you WILL want more. MacKenna on the Edge will remind you, love is its most precious when it is given willingly without regret. 

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by IMS

Almost from the beginning of this story, I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. The characters, slowly developed, really grew on me to a point I felt I knew them and actually cared about what happened to them. Yes, the beginning is a bit slow, but I actually didn’t mind that. It’s like a sloooow burning ember that suddenly erupts into a raging fire. Sometimes books just jump into the “good stuff” so quickly you almost don’t even care. By the time this story’s smoldering embers got hold of me, I was hooked and happily swept up into the flames.

To me, Alice is a complex, and somewhat tortured character, but even though the story is about her, it’s so much more which is something I really liked about the story. The rest of the cast of characters add so much to the ever churning plot. And what I liked the most about the story, is that unlike too many books in this genre, it wasn’t a one-dimensional story with one-dimensional characters. There are so many luscious layers that give the story so much depth. I also enjoyed the organization of the story, which I suspect is what kept me turning those pages. Chapters didn’t just go from one scene to the next obvious scene. Some people may not like the suspense that creates, but I do.

The Incredible Transformations of Alice Hollywood is not just a love story. It’s a comedy, a tragedy, a suspense-filled mystery, and yes, a love story. Some scenes made me laugh, some had me holding my breath, and I will even reluctantly admit to crying. By the end, all I could think was, what? It’s over!? I truly enjoyed it, and I think I’ll read it again—after I read Shellam’s next book, that is. I’m dying to see what happens next!

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