Marianne, I'm with you on the emotions. I need to "feel" the characters emotions, almost become the heroine in the story. I've been amazed while reading a book when I've become so caught up in the story that a tear drops onto the page. A tear? And I didn't even realize I was crying.
Michael Landon is one of my heroes. He knew how to move his television audience to tears, laughter, sometimes anger, and surprise. I believe if your writing doesn't evoke some kind of emotional response, it's not worth your time. And probably won't be remembered a year from now.
Just my two-cents worth. LOL