“With lovingly flawed characters and a touch of the paranormal, SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER is a heartfelt story about the complicated relationships within a family and the healing power of truth. — Kelli Estes, USA Today bestselling author of TODAY WE GO HOME and THE GIRL WHO WROTE IN SILK.
William’s debut novel, Someone to Watch Over, was a #1 Amazon Bestseller and won the 2019 Rising Star award from the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. The multi-generational story unspools a Southern family drama about Eleanor “Lennie” Riley, an emotionally scarred woman who sets out to find a rumored angel in the Appalachian Mountains to help her learn from her deceased father the fate of a child he forced her to give up for adoption back in high school.
Sampling NetGalley Reviews
“I really don’t know where to start with this book, but I’ll begin with my feelings after reading it… bereft, happy, and I absolutely need to see it made into a film! I cannot tell you how beautiful this book is. It’s heartbreakingly endearing. Honestly, this book made a wreck of me. I feel like a part of me will always carry a little bit of Lennie.”
“Schreiber reaches all parts of your soul through his well-researched writing and his ability to develop characters so genuine you believe they’ll walk through your door any minute.”
Sampling of Amazon Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I really loved this story!! “This story is truly wonderful and inspiring on so many levels. I recommend to everyone and look forward to another story from the author!
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, very enjoyable to read. “This story was quite captivating! The author developed the characters extremely well. So much so, I felt like I knew them personally.”
4.0 out of 5 stars Someone to Watch Over
“Someone to Watch Over drew me along from the very first sentences and kept me engaged throughout the book. I enjoyed following Lennie and her brother John as they navigated the impact of the death of their father and the pitfalls and promise of their relationship. Kudos to Mr. Schreiber for creating a first class story.”
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Everyone!!
“Absolutely love this book. The author is so descriptive on each page of the book he brings you right into the story yourself. Such a heartfelt book. Loved it so much bought many copies to give as gifts. So far fantastic reviews from everyone I gifted. Hope to see another book very soon from William Schreiber!”
5.0 out of 5 stars
“I’m generally not drawn to supernatural stories, but Schreiber handles the “angels” in this story with a light touch that doesn’t distract from the real-world struggles Lennie and John face as they try to unpack years of emotional baggage. Anyone who has ever dealt with family issues — parents, siblings, children — will draw inspiration from this heartfelt story. Highly recommended.”
5.0 out of 5 stars Schreiber Paints Evocative Picture for First Novel
“Schreiber gives us a glimpse into a world just beyond our reach and makes it feel good to believe in magic. A vivid narrative takes us to the edge of Appalachia where he makes us feel right at home with his authentic cast of characters. He weaves a truly wonderful story.”
A reader told me Someone to Watch Over helped him through the grieving process after he lost his mother. He told me the story touched him so deeply he was inspired to paint this original canvas of a key location from the story, and he gave it to me. It now hangs in my home. I can’t describe how much his gesture meant to me.