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Review:In The Shadows I Dwell says:
Hi,
Firstly, I'd just like to say, I've never seen a Song-Fic done to an ABBA song and you've done this so well! I absolutely adore their music and I really feel that you've managed to capture the essence of the song without specifically retelling the same story in the lyrics, which I see in quite a few song-fics, so well done on that also! I really like how you've used portions of the lyrics scattered throughout the fic which hint at what in to come in the following paragraphs.

I also love your portrayal of Hermione and Ron, they both seemed well within character. Hermione calm and logical, and Ron he was, well - Ron and despite him having his moments of weakness here, I felt it was realistic and very possible with his character. I like how you've portrayed their emotions and the difficulty of their situation, and it was really interesting to read how this situation unfolded upon this beach. Their emotions were beautifully portrayed and both characters seemed to compliment each other nicely in terms of balancing the story and the emotions you were portraying. In particular this line really struck me: "Somewhere deep down you know that I miss you and that I still love you, I'm sure of it" and perhaps it is the small part of me which secretly ships Ron/Hermione, but I just felt it was something that Hermione would have said to Ron in a situation like this, and it's not often that I think that reading about them.

My one small criticism, and of course it is minor, is to perhaps not have the characters using dialogue which is so close to lyrics you've used within the story. As it sort of (in a small way) distracts from the story. Other than that small issue I really enjoyed this story and particularly loved how you ended it with such a note of optimism on Hermione's part as it really allowed the story to finish in a way which left me wondering how she would move on from this.

Well done! I really loved reading this! :)

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review. I know what you mean about the lyrics in the dialogue and I will look at it again. I'm really happy that you though I got the characterisation right, it can be a be a hard thing to portray at times so to hear comments like yours is really touching.

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