I must tell you how much I adore Regency romances! Itís my secret guilty pleasure. So Iím absolutely going to dive into this story. I am not much of the Scorpius/Rose ship but I have a feeling that you will be able to persuade me.
I like how youíve basically summarized the Weasley family with one sentence and how youíve couched it in terms that are still recognizable but yet fit the era that youíve decided to place them in.
Needless to say, when nothing is divided by four, the answer is still nothing, and as one knows from the Bard, nothing comes of nothing. This made sense and yet it did not. Whereíd it come from? :P
Hm, curious that there are two unmarried elder female cousins. Iíd like to see why that is. I donít know if itís significant to the story but Iíd certainly like to see. Also, itís funny to think of Hermione as pushing her daughter to marry though with the mindset of this time period I can see it.
Oh I love Ron. hands clasped behind his back as he awaited the owl post, having forgotten that it had arrived but an hour before. So Ron. Youíve described Ron and Hermioneís future lives here aptly. Itís how I wouldíve seen them (though Iíd see Hermione as more effective in modern times than just letters).
You couldnít have painted Rose and Lily more different than you did in this exchange. Itís done subtly but quite effectively. Yet there is a sense of tired affection in there!
I love this idea. I love Harry Potter and I love Regency romances and I love Jane Austen! Yay! It all comes together! Rose is likeable. Sheís dry, sheís smart and she isnít willing to just be one of those girls who marries because she has to. She still wants to be independent and itís fun to see.
Author's Response: Wow, this is a fabulous review! Thank you very much for taking the time to be so detailed, and to ask all the right questions, too. Your review made me think about certain parts of the family history that I hadn't yet touched upon, but ought to in order to clarify things for readers (not to mention myself) and that perhaps will also figure into the plot later on. ;) I can't thank you enough for this review!
If it helps, I'm not a Scorose person either - not in the least. I'm usually trying to sink that ship, but I do want to give it a chance, and this setting was the only way my brain could convince itself to write this ship. There is a certain Darcy-ish aspect to a character like Scorpius Malfoy, and certainly Rose with a certain combination of her parents' traits will fair well as a Lizzie. The rest of the story, however, can go as it will, and that's where I'm having all of my fun. :D
That quote "from the Bard" is out of King Lear, his line to Cordelia that "nothing comes of nothing" - I complicated it rather too much, and it's become one of those things that makes sense in my head, but no one else's, oh dear. XD It happens far too often.
One of the unmarried elder cousins has her story told in chapter four, but the other one I still have to decide upon and sketch out the details for. They're not central to the story, but they are useful for explaining why Rose is reluctant to marry, or even to fall in love. The story about Ron and the reason why he and Hermione are isolated from wizarding society is more complicated, and I hadn't actually thought of it in detail until your review, but now I think I have a solid idea for it, the facts of which will be sprinkled throughout later chapters (starting in chapter four). Again, it's not a huge deal, but it does impact Rose's life as much as everyone denies that it does.
I'm glad that you also like Rose. You've described her perfectly and I just hope that I'm able to make the plot work without having her sacrifice her strength of character or her ambitions to become a great writer. :D
Thank you again for the review! I hope that you enjoy the rest of the story, too! ^_^