Have you ever had this experience? Someone reads your book and they write a review of it. Somewhere in the review they mention something that happened in the book. You read the review and think, But . . . that didn’t happen!
I was reading a review of The Faerie Guardian on Goodreads earlier (yeah, I know. We can have the discussion on whether reading reviews is a good thing or not another time!). It was a positive review (and I’m very grateful to the reviewer for the time she took to read the book and write the review), but somewhere in there she mentioned she'd figured out something that Vi hadn't. It was obvious that Character A and Character B were the same person, and it should have been obvious to Vi too. And I sat there with a big question mark over my head thinking, But . . . Character A and Character B are NOT the same person!
These aren't major characters, so her misunderstanding wasn't a big deal, but I still wondered how she ended up confused. I went back to the book and read the scene where Character A was mentioned to see if there was some ambiguity, but no. Putting the details together, there's no way that Character A could be the same as Character B.
So then I got to thinking . . . how many times have I done this?! I read before I go to sleep at night, which means I'm pretty much always tired when I'm reading. I'm sure my exhausted brain has reached conclusions that authors never meant for me to reach. If I've reviewed any of your books and written something that didn't actually happen, I apologize!
PS - This also happened when I gave my very first novel (not published) to my best friend to read. Her comments were positive, but she added, "I wish your love-interest was dark-haired. I just can’t imagine him as a blond."
And I said, "Um, he's not blond. He has dark hair."
She didn't believe me. I had to search the manuscript for the part where I wrote about his features and show it to her! She didn't know how she'd missed that!