Saturday Book Review: “The Fine Line”

Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written.
When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review:

the fine line Margaret Watkins

The Fine Line

by Margaret Watkins

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781432702502


A middle-aged woman on snowshoes in the mountains of Idaho. A fighter jet pilot at the apex of his career. Drawn together by the same medical misfortune, one finds the other’s friendship amidst the debris of their mutual calamities.

This is the true story of two strangers whose lives intersect because of simultaneous ruptured cerebral aneurysms. Their descent into darkness and slow journey back into life will touch your heart.

 * courtesy of

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

Margaret Watkins is my sister-in-law. I have always known that she is a remarkable person. However, as I watched from afar her struggle to survive a cerebral aneurysm, I knew she was even more remarkable. Now, as she tells her (and a stranger’s story) about experiencing and surviving this medical nightmare and subsequent miracle of survival, I am even more in awe of her. I am reminded of the daily struggle she endured and cannot believe it has been almost ten years since she suffered the aneurysm. Her story made me think about how I would cope as a patient struck with a serious illness or injury. I also hope that if I should experience such a catastrophic event, I would be fortunate to have as knowledgeable and talented physicians tending to me. What a joy it is to read about the tremendous professionals who give of themselves every day so patients can return to life. I truly think readers will appreciate this book and be uplifted by the two individuals’ struggles and wills to live. After reading the book, I suspect that many readers–like me–will be interested in reading a book about Margaret’s Mt. Everest climb six years after suffering the aneurysm. I feel so blessed that my brother brought her into our lives.

– Amazon Reviewer Alexis Jarrett

This is an intense, well-written true story of how a woman in the mountains of Idaho and a fighter jet pilot in Washington were drawn together by the simultaneous medical catastrophes of ruptured cerebral aneurysms. The physician author does a great job of explaining a complex and not-uncommon frequently-fatal disaster. She deftly weaves parallel stories between her misfortune and Colonel Robbin’s meltdown and their overlapping descents into the nightmare of brain surgery at the cutting-edge of technology.

– Amazon Reviewer IdahoBob

More of Interest:

Margaret Watkins is in the process of publishing another book, Off to Tibet, and needs help choosing her book cover! Visit our sister blogSelf Publishing News, to help her choose between several great options!

saturday self-published book review

Thanks for reading!  Keep up with the latest in the world of indie and self-published books by watching this space every Saturday!

Self Publishing Advisor


Leave a Reply

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

You are commenting using your 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