Reviews and Awards
Emily-Jane Hills Orford’s writing has received international acclaim. In 2009, her book, The Whistling Bishop, was named Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. In 2012, her book, F-Stop: A Life in Pictures, was named Finalist and received the Silver Medal in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The introduction to F-Stop: A Life in Pictures was entered in the 2010 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award and was named Finalist. Other stories have also won awards, including the Canadian Stories Magazine annual literary award. In 2015, To Be a Duke, was named Finalist and received the Silver Medal in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and also won Honorable Mention in the Reader's Favorite Book Awards. In 2016, her latest book, Gerlinda, won an Honorable Mention in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.
Reviews of Gerlinda
With Gerlinda, the author has tried to voice the silent cries of kids affected by all such issues that have a devastating effect on their lives. Truly an inspiring read that will leave the readers in tears and feel sorry for Gerlinda and all the other kids who are going through this.
Gerlinda is a beautifully written look at the not-so-distant past, and one can’t help but notice the changes that have taken place in dealing with cases of domestic abuse and neglect.
... Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite, readersfavorite.com
A very inspiring read that sent a strong message to all kids living in the same situation to never let their circumstances stop them from dreaming or allow anyone to prevent them from going after their dreams.
... Faridah Nassozi, Readers’ Favorite, readersfavorite.com
I commend the author for writing a book so rich in the truth.
... Donna Wolf, compassionate bibliophile
…the author presents the themes of child abuse, bullying, and prejudice with shocking vividness.
... Gary Miller, award-winning author of Miller’s Tales.
Reviews of To Be a Duke
Written in a very conversational prose, the simplicity of the story is what makes it a truly delightful read. You may think this is not your cup of tea, but believe us, once you get stated, it will be hard to put down. An inspirational work of fiction that deserves all the praise in the world, To Be a Duke is a heartwarming treat of congenial literature.
It is a really emotional narration that will make you think twice about your actions towards dogs, and all animals in general.
... Faridah Nassozi, Readers' Favorite, readersfavorite.com
It is a story with a message that tells us how love can bring out the best in not only humans but also animals.
... Mamta Madhavan, Readers' Favorite, readersfavorite.com
I hope that this book will serve as an inspiration to other people and motivate them to help dogs and animals in general. A must-read for everyone!
... Gisela Dixon, Readers' Favorite, readersfavorite.com
The author has an amazing gift for being able to portray life from the dog’s perspective and it certainly showed me how my two (much pampered) little pooches could misinterpret my moods and action....This is a delightful book for animal lovers, animal owners, and youngsters to enjoy. A heart warming, five-star story for the whole family!
... Fiona Ingram, author, fionaingramauthor.blogspot.ca
Reviews of Amazingly Extra-Ordinary Women
It surprisingly offers a wealth of information about extra-ordinary women in history and it is one that we are not likely to forget. The author presents her subjects in such a way that we get to know these amazingly extra-ordinary women as real people and not just as footnotes in history.
... Maria Beltran, Readers' Favorite, readersfavorite.com
Review of F-Stop: A Life in Pictures
F-Stop: A Life in Pictures is a very personal and intimate look into Jean Downer Hills’, the author’s mother’s, life. The stories deal with love, life, and loss from young and old perspectives, through pictures and words. The family pictures included with the stories pull the reader in closer, so that by the last page, the reader feels part of the family, too.
... Lisa Haselton, Allbooks Reviews, www.allbookreviewint.com
Reviews of Autumn
Autumn is the inspiration for the title of this fascinating account of the people of Iqaluit, Nunavut. The vivid descriptions of the landscape bring the cold north to life. Romance, mystery, history and culture all contribute to this excellent tale.
... Shirley Roe, author and managing editor of Allbooks Review, www.allbookreviewint.com
There is no doubt that author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford enjoys telling a good story, whether about ordinary, or extra0-ordinary people. Love for music and for the richness of Canadian cultures and landscapes has led her to create a series of novels of which Autumn is the third volume. …. The author’s talent and enthusiasm for her subject matter is evident throughout. … She has presented us with a rich and moving reading experience whether we are younger or older.
... Friederike Knabe The Oscar. Feb. 2010
Reviews of Spring
We can take pride in Emily-Jane, as she takes pride in her country and, as you soon realize, in her Anglican Church.
... Tony Cosier, poet
Emily-Jane Hills Orford has created a very sweet story in Spring, with an endearing heroine and an interesting cast of characters surrounding her. The author’s love of classical music comes through clearly, and her knowledge of the many years of hard work is a testament to her obvious familiarity with the subject.
... Nancy Morris, Allbooks Review, www.allbookreviewint.com
Review of Ukulele Yukon
I was pleased to see that once again you have managed to combine your literary enthusiasm with your passion for music... Wonderful stuff!
... Tony Cosier, poet