5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging storyline that keeps you guessing!

Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2024 - Jonathon Singer

While many stories are quite predictable, “The Eyes of Horace Hollow” includes a refreshing amount of twists and turns. Such a delightful and mysterious narrative that left me reflecting well beyond the close of the book.


5.0 out of 5 stars Review from a college writing teacher & avid reader

Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2024 - GM

I read this book in one day because the plot line and character development were entrancing and beautiful in the simplicity of the language. The story alternates between slow moments and quick plot movements, and the characters are complex and likeable. I appreciate writers who don't use fancy words to sound smart, and the writer's language is so true to the story that I hardly noticed it. Finally, though the ending was "happy," it wasn't trite. I highly recommend this read.


5.0 out of 5 stars A book I couldn’t put down!

Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2023 - Carrie T.

Nancy Hartmann has written a fascinating tale about a talented man who has lived a lonely, sad life. Jasper Yates is a gifted stain glass artist whose work is admired but isn’t selling enough to support him in a comfortable way. He has no family or friends, and he longs to have people see beyond his physical flaws. When a magical solution is offered by a mysterious figure, he jumps at the chance without considering the possible outcome. As you read the story, you become interested in Jasper and the other characters and what their futures will hold. Can Jasper have the life he’s always wished for without having to give in to the demands of the mysterious figure in the woods? The characters, the tale, the twists and turns will make you want to keep reading until you have the answers!


5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, Entertaining, Fast-paced.

Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2023 - Nanarobin

I was delighted with the characters, description, action, and complete logical plot of this very entertaining story. This creative work is a "fun read" for all ages. 


5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Fabel-Like Story

Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2023 - Barnett Elias

This is a great story. I loved all the characters including Noir the helpful one eyed cat. The author really made the village of Horace Hollow come alive for me. Fans of Diane Setterfields novel, Once Upon A River would RELLY enjoy this book.


5.0 out of 5 stars A Delight to Read

Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2022 - K Treadwell

This book takes a different look at time and what it means to lose it or use it. It has tones of loneliness and bullying. The characters are well developed and relatable. This story reads a little bit like folklore or a fairy tale. It reminds me of something that you might read by Neil Gaiman. There's magic, a bit of intrigue, romance, and a moral. This was a delight to read.


5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read, and draws the reader in

Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2023 - Jennifer Rosebrock

I liked the characters in Nancy's story; I thought they were relatable. The story felt like a folk tale with a new and interesting plot. The stained-glass craft was interesting as well, as it was incorporated into the story.


5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read.

Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2024

Great quick read! I had a hard time putting it down. Can’t wait for Nancy’s next one.


5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, fun read.

Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2023 - Jennifer A. Ladeau

Liked this book. Short, easy read. Entertaining.
edit: I read this on my own, now my book club is reading it. There's actually a lot to talk about for a short book. It is original in concept, full of twist, good character development. I am a fan of moral ambiguity in characters: this book is full of that. I want to root for Horace because he is so alone, but what do the choices he makes say about him? Is he a good person?


5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable read

Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2022 - Lynda Sherer

Nancy Hartmann's debut novel has an original and exciting plot. The characters were well developed, and I felt as though I was transformed into their world. I love the way Jasper evolved throughout the book. Once I got into it, I didn't want to put the book down. I highly recommend this book to all fiction lovers, and I look forward to more work from Nancy Hartmann!


5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read

Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2022 - John Paulson

Loved the way the story moved along with twists and turns I couldn't see coming. Very imaginative writing and fun to read.