Reader comments from around the country

 What Readers Say About Well Considered

Well Considered gives an interesting historical perspective on Southern Maryland where so many people in the past have worked in tobacco fields.
          —C. Bruce Johnson, TV anchorman, WUSA9, Washington, DC author of Heart to Heart

Well Considered is a modern-day quest tale, enlivened by the protagonists’ interesting and believable pursuit of historical facts.  
          —Susan Pearl, Historian, Prince George’s County Historical Society.        

Morris has written an entertaining novel on a difficult subject – how neighbors of different races can break through the color line and become friends.” 
          —Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed, author, In Between, Memoirs of An Integration Baby

Well Considered reminds us that even today we must be vigilant against hate groups and vigilante justice.  
          —June White Dillard, Esq., President, NAACP – Prince George’s County, MD, Branch

As an African-American attorney who moved into the Washington-Annapolis area from California, I empathize with Ron’s adjustment to the Southeast, with an emphasis on ‘South.’  I particularly appreciate how Richard Morris tries to grapple with some of the complexities of race relations in America, and capsulizes the universal truth that individual relationships, like the one developed between Ron and Annie, are key to closing the chasm between the races. Once you have a true understanding of a person’s life struggles and history, many of the perceived barriers to community and even friendship, fall away. 
          —Deon C. Merene, Washington, D.C. and Maryland

The reader gladly joins the protagonist as he methodically researches the past to uncover the truth behind a wretched murder in his family. The suspense escalates as modern-day evil threatens to repeat history. I definitely felt compelled to turn the pages right to the very end.
          —Wendy Kedzierski, Founding Editor, Child Guide Magazine

Genealogy is generally considered a dull, but safe, obsession suitable for elderly folks with weak hearts. However, in Well Considered, the hero, Ron Watkins, finds climbing his family tree to be anything but dull; in fact, it is full of surprising twists and turns which leave the reader alternately claustrophobic or terrorized. Ancestral research has seldom been more gripping.      
          —Laird C. Towle, Ph.D., founder and formerly CEO of Heritage Books, Inc.

Well Considered is a suspenseful but deeply moving novel that gripped me throughout.       
          —William C. Byers, artist and educator

Racism and injustice are part of American history; Well Considered tells some of the story.
          —Joseph B. Herring, historian, author of The Enduring Indians of Kansas:
          A Century and a Half of Acculturation
and Kenekuk, the Kickapoo Prophet.

Well Considered is populated with real characters, and Morris again shares his smart storytelling. Like his previously acclaimed novel, this read is fast paced and fascinating.
             —Janis Rose, librarian

Through the novel’s diverse characters and points of view – 360-degree covereage, if you will – Well Considered helped me to refine my views as to race relations, but it did not attempt to tell me what to think.
             —Samuel F. Heffner, retired businessman

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