Okay. I'm trying to figure out the best place to start to make an actually decent review and not just gush all over you.
I have never felt connected to Ginny and Harry. I love them, obviously, I think they belong together, and I think Harry Potter is an amazing protagonist. But, I have never felt like I wanted to get lost in the feelings of their emotions.
This did it for me. I think bringing alive two people that I've always felt disconnected from their relationship, shows how great your talent is more than by just blubbering about what I liked. But, I can't help myself so I'll do that too ;).
I saw your recommendation in CambAngst post, and I actually crossed my fingers that it was a song fic to Harbor, and not just the title. I LOVE that song, so I was excited when it was.
You used the lyrics in such a perfect way. You didn't write the story around them, they don't make the story, they wouldn't need to even be in it, but they enhance it. They give it that soft, gentle, painful, surrendering kind of feel. That might be a person bias because of my feelings for the song, but I really like that you didn't let the song write the fic. You write it and let the song be part of it.
Molly touched her daughter's cheek. “Even heroes need shelter from the storm, Ginny.”-
That is so special and sacred. Ginny didn't think Molly was going to be helpful, because every teenage girl things that their mother will never understand. But not only was she helpful, she possibly saved their relationship. Ginny could have very easily gotten fired up, and pushed herself away from Harry. Instead, the knowledge that she could help, and it would be in a different way than anyone else ever was able to, strengthened her.
I don't think skipping over parts of the DH was took anything from it, this was a story about them. We know what happened, it was so much better to read the feelings going on inside Ginny during it as opposed to a restating of what was going on.
This was amazing, beautiful, and really pulled at my heart strings.
Thanks for recommending it in CambAngst's status!
Author's Response: Oh you're making me blush! And grin! Blushing and grinning! Thank you so much for the compliments on my writing, it means a lot to me.
I adore this song! I'm glad I found someone else who likes it ;) And I'm glad I could convert you to Harry/Ginny a bit more! I really like this ship.
I like songfics where the lyrics can be ignored, or they can enhance. And I've only done two of them, because the songs just screamed to me to write a certain ship (the other is to Missy Higgins' "Forgive Me", for Remus & Tonks). I felt like this song was just perfect for this point in Harry & Ginny's relationship, it really speaks to me for them, you know?
Molly Prewett Weasley is always going to be my #1 favorite character in the HP books, because she's the first one I connected with, related to. So I enjoy giving her moments in stories where she can be the great mom she is and not the shouting/screaming irrational disciplinarian she is often portrayed as in fanfics. Heck, I devoted two novels, a novella, and a bunch of one-shots to her and Arthur. I adore Molly. So featuring her in here in a mentor sort of position for her daughter was a given for me :)
I'm glad the story works with glossing over the plot points that weren't directly relevant ;)
Thank you so much for the lovely review! I really appreciate it!