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Review:academica says:
FINALLY here, Shelby!

I really love how you reached backwards into history with this ominous beginning. Your description, while it churned my stomach at times, really laid bare the desperate nature of the situation and every beat of pain that Penelope endured. It'll be interesting to read on and see how these Princes are connected to those we know.

I love Ursula especially because you made her feel so human. I get the sense that she will only make so large of an appearance in the plot, and yet you took care to give her the depth that she deserved. I especially like how she felt guilty for wanting to be selfish at the least opportune moment, because who can't relate to that sentiment?

And this curse! I'm intrigued by it; I want to know when and how it began and how it will impact the Princes across the ripples of their legacy. I've always held this fascination with the family because we know so little about them, only that the apple eventually fell so far from the tree that the result was poverty and (perhaps) abuse for Eileen and Severus. I hope you can tell that I really can't wait to read on and see what you have in store for us!

-Amanda

Author's Response: Amanda! You didn't have to stop by - you're so lovely!

The description worked then? I'm trying to restrain from pouring my heart and soul into each chapter when it comes to description - trying my best to remember that this is a novel and not a oneshot! I'm really excited that you liked this throwback. I told Jami (JChrissy, my beta) that I was worried about this first chapter. I know that a lot of readers don't like these kinds of chapters, but it's so necessary!

Yay! I'm really trying to focus on my characterizations in this novel. I feel like characterizations and dialogue are so important and I need to cultivate and bring the characters I love to life for the readers. Oh, Ursula. I mean, at her age, I wouldn't want to raise another child either, but she's selfless enough to realize that she's all he has now. It's a fabulous, realistic thought, I think.

You know I can't write anything without something terrifying or horrible in it! I hope you continue to stay intrigued. I will tell you that the curse is one of the centerpieces of the novel - it's HUGE.

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Amanda! You're such a doll, I can't handle it! Thank you again!


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