Friday Five Challenge ~ Would you Buy or Pass

Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge, involves taking only five minutes to choose a book cover which appeals instantly. So take a break …..and have a browse.



In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

Stepping right out of my comfort zone this week, I clicked on Biography & True Accounts and then Regional UK. This cover caught my interest. Island Wife by Judy Fairbairns.



The book description…

A memoir of a woman’s life on a remote Scottish island: from young girl to wife to mother of five, hotelier and domestic miracle worker. Funny and tender, this is a book of endless horizons and a breath of fresh air.

‘An unflinching and hugely entertaining story of family travails and triumphs.’ – Kirsty Wark

‘A sensitive, brave and honest look at a life lived in the wake of others’ needs.’ – The Daily Mail

ISLAND WIFE tells the story of Judy, who, at 19, met her Wild Pioneer. He whisked her off into an adventure, a marriage of forty years, and a life on a remote Hebridean island.

Along the way she bears five children, learns how to run a rocky hill farm, a hotel, a recording studio and the first whale watching business in the UK – all the while inventively making fraying ends meet. When her children start to leave home, things fall apart and there is sadness and joy in how she puts things back together. Judy tells her story in a clear and unique voice, in turns funny, unforgettable and intensely moving.

Number of pages: 369

Price: £4.99 

There are 101 reviews with an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. 66 of those are 5*, 15 are 4*, 10 at 3*.  There also are quite a lot of positive comments from newspapers, magazines and other authors.

The book does sound very interesting. I love islands and the idea of island life, having sampled it briefly. The more remote Scottish islands have always held an appeal. Living there for any length of time might be a totally different matter, however. I skimmed through some of the reviews and quite a few weren’t very complimentary about Ms Fairbairns. Many others held the opposite view. The location wasn’t really as remote as the description implies if one reviewer was right in saying the island in question is Mull.

So, on reflection, and taking into consideration the price…

Would I BUY or Pass ~ I’ll PASS (although I might reconsider if the price comes down)

If you’d like to enter next week’s challenge check out Rosie’s blog to read about the Friday Five Challenge.

14 thoughts on “Friday Five Challenge ~ Would you Buy or Pass

  1. Yeah, I’d pass too. The price put me off, and what you said about it not being quite as remote as she said!!! But otherwise, it looks really appealing, as I’m a sucker for the remote island life thing, too.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I was really into this with the blurb and the book cover but those comments in the reviews put me off too – and the price. However if that came down I might just be persuaded – love the thought of an island life 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

Thanks for visiting...please share your thoughts too...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.