Ah, closure! Thank you so much for writing this!
I always loved Reid and Cecilia, and was a bit crushed when she died. I worried about Reid after her death, he didn't seem to be handling it very well, so I really appreciate getting this little glimpse into the rest of his life.
Reid was exactly how I expected him to be. I thought his repeated marriages to women who shared this or that quality with Cecilia was so in character for him. He spent such a long time trying to win Cecilia over, it makes sense that he would spend even longer trying to find a way to kind of get her back.
The dialogue (or monologue, I suppose) was great. The humor completely fit into the Reid we know and love, but there was kind of a heartwrenching earnestness underneath that. He really loves Cecilia, and really wants to recapture that relationship the two of them shared. I think he's more broken up about his failed marriages than he lets on, but maybe that's just me.
I worried a bit when I saw the heading for the last section was acceptance. I was afraid that he would be accepting that Cecilia was the love of his life and there was no one else for him. I'm glad that wasn't the case. I want Reid to have a happy ending, and it seems that, after 30-some years, he might actually get one.
I love everything I've read of your 'Unsinkable' universe, but I think this might be my new favorite.
Author's Response: Yay a review on this one! Thanks so much for coming by and leaving such a fantastic review :)
He didn't handle her death well at all - Hattie prevented wholesale insanity, but he certainly wasn't healthy. It gets better the older he gets, but he does keep marrying the wrong women for a while there. Including Acacia Bushby-Ferris! haha.
I'm glad you thought it was in character - I think he's the type that would keep looking for another Cecilia, so to speak, but every time he fails he is devastated all over again. He's definitely more upset by his multiple failed marriages than he pretends, but Reid never liked showing his real feelings.
I titled the last section acceptance because he had to come to know himself better, and accept that he wasn't going to have Cecilia back, before he could move on from her. His sixth wife (man, she's brave to marry a dude with five ex-wives!) is nothing like Cecilia, he fell in love with her on her own merits and that's why it works. On all his other marriages, he only came to Cecilia's grave after he had married and failed at it, but with Oriana he comes there first. He's got a different perspective on what's happening - marrying the wizarding equivalent of a psychiatrist has its benefits ;) I love a happy ending, so he does get one: I picture him and Oriana together the rest of their lives, hanging out with Hattie and her husband, and visiting Oriana's sons (who are grown-ups by the time she marries Reid). Reid never has children of his own, but he gets along fine with his stepsons.
Thank you so much for reviewing!