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Review:Jchrissy says:
Okay. Iím not sure how to review this, to be honest. But thatís because of how very good it was. I usually take things paragraph by paragraph, commenting on anything important I notice. Iíll point out my favorite bits.. but I canít really do any of that with is. Itís all so amazing and wonderfully described that I wouldnít know where to begin.

I have always wondered about the barmaid, so it was really fun to read something involving her. I love the way you have it so brutally honest as to how she is treating. She a confident to those who are drowning their sorrows, and a simple pest that best be seen not heard to those that donít need a friendly shoulder.

You have such a poetic style in this and I really love it. The way the words roll together and make more of stanzas than paragraphs, itís wonderful. You do an amazing job at making it clear as to what character is doing what, so I can picture it all in my head.

Honestly, I donít know enough yet to comment on the plot. Thatís completely fine and not meant to be an insult, itís only the first chapter and this is very foreign territory, so I just donít know how to accurately comment on a plot. Ya know?

The writing style immediately took me back a hundred years. It was such an amazing feeling being brought through time to this town of gossip, where ladies walk about in overly large dresses and men are donning their carriages. Iím not sure if Iím even supposed to be in this time frame.. but I am! haha!

This really interested me in your writing style, I am more than open to a swap any time, actually Iíll probably just get curious and read your writings anyway because I can see you truly have a talent with words.

Great job, darling!

Author's Response: Oh my goodness.

This review! I'm literally at a loss for how to respond. I'm thrilled that you described the format of this as almost having stanza's. It was inspired (and is loosely based on the plot of) by ee cummings' poem Pretty How Town, and I tried really hard to bring a sort of poetic feel to the narrative. I can assure you that not all of my writing reads this way, seeing as this was a very deliberate style choice. I'm so flabberghasted by your kind words!! And now I'm feeling self concious about the review I left for you!

Ah, I think your mind took you back a bit further than I intended, but honestly, the story is universal and can really be applied to any generation. This takes place in the early 70's when the first Order of the Pheonix began forming. But reading Harry Potter, I always got a feel that walking into a magical establishment was a bit like stepping back in time.

Gah, I could ramble all day, so I'll just end my response here and say, I am sincerely grateful for your kind and encouraging words. :) Thank you so much! I plan on reading more of your stories in the future too!

xoxo
Melissa


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