Sigh.She is by all accounts a lovely person. I know she has good taste.
But back to my previous point - the marketing on that book was dreadful, and it really never had a chance. Which I suppose isn't quite my previous point - but the truth is it's the publisher's marketing machine that determines how successful a book is going to be.
And here I was hoping that the strength of the story might play a small part...
But, no, of course I'm not that naive. We all know gems we've discovered by weird happenstance that were released independently, by a small press, or a biggish, but not BIG press that are lovely, but don't make a huge splash in the sales department because...marketing. And there are just as many head scratchers that make the lists.
And then, I guess, I have to decide what defines "success." It seems that's different for every author and maybe even every book.