I know reviews aren't the be all and end all. That you should ignore the bad ones and try to keep the good ones in perspective. But it's hard to beat the wonderful buzz of validation you feel as an author when a reviewer really likes your book, and tells the world so. When a reviewer or reader sees clearly the messages you set out to convey, the years of hard work and sleepless nights that went into creating them, fade away.
Amanda Barrett of Mrs B's Book Reviews wrote one such review of my novel Hello, Goodbye recently (see link below). I read it while I was supposed to be working on my third novel. It put a spring in my step and gave me the boost I needed to get back to writing. So, thanks Amanda - you made my day!