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Review:celticbard says:
Oh, Susan. This piece is stunning. I honestly got teary-eyed near the end. You wrote this romance so effortlessly, keeping it free from tired cliches and predictability. Also, your characterization of Tonks is flawless. I love how you kept her clumsiness, but did not make her the comic relief. Even though JKR wrote Tonks as bubbly and friendly in OTP, I always thought that she must be a serious, talented witch at heart. Her dedication to the Order at such a young age speaks volumes of her determination, a trait which you portrayed perfectly in this story. Furthermore, the subplot of this fic-Sirius's relationship with his friends and family-was truly heart wrenching. Even though he wasn't necessarily in this story, I felt his presence.

This is an amazing story, Susan and I'm so happy to have read it. Thank you for sharing it! ^_^


Author's Response: Wow, thank you so very much for reading and reviewing this, celtic. It was a surprise when you said you'd read and were going to review this, a very pleasant surprise!

I'm gushing, sorry. :P Back to business.

Tonks is a great character in canon, though she gets a bit of a short straw in HBP and DH, which is quite sad. As a female Auror she would hold a lot of power, and in OotP, she's portrayed as strong-willed and charismatic, which I loved. That same feel I wanted to bring into this story, but with the added angst she was experiencing both after Sirius's death and surrounding Remus's refusal. For a girl like her to keep pursuing Remus demonstrates her determination, and I'm so glad it came through well in this story.

It's also great that Sirius had a presence. I meant him to be there, not even as a ghost, but still hanging in the background, haunting them both. I'd always wished that more had been done in HBP regarding Sirius's death, so writing this helped a lot in that regard. :D

Thank you again for reading and enjoying, as well as for reviewing. It means so much to hear from you! ^_^

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