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Review:CambAngst says:
Hi, there!

This has been one of my absolute favorite stories since I first discovered HPFF 3 years ago. I've re-read it at least twice, I've recommended it to many others and I picked up major chunks of head canon from what you wrote. I figured it was high time I was telling you these things, but I wasn't sure whether you were still keeping up with your reviews. Then I saw you respond to a few recently, so, hey, no time like the present!

Your Harry and Ginny are simply amazing. I don't know how else to say it. They are so true to the characters in the book. Ron, Hermione and all of the others follow right along, as well. The very low place that you start Harry off and the trials that he suffers are very difficult to read in places, but they make for an amazing story. I almost stopped reading after Ginny turned down Harry's proposal. I was that upset. But I'm so glad that I stuck with it. I loved the way that you really made Ginny her own person and showed all of the turmoil that came along with that growing up process. When they finally reach the altar, it felt like everybody involved had earned that precious moment of happiness and relief, the reader included. The ending was incredibly beautiful, worth every second of emotional pain.

I loved the fact that you weren't afraid to step outside of the usual boundaries of HPFF stories. Taking Harry and Ginny to Miami really helped to move the story out of the long shadow of the books. I loved that you were able to make Ginny and Harry more age-appropriate and let them have their moments of adult fun. Through it all, you maintained a beautiful emotional context for the events. You write with subtlety and style, never just bashing the reader over the head with the story. The scenes are crisp and vivid and it was always easy to imagine the events you created. The characters and their emotions leap off of the page. There are a lot of good storytellers on HPFF who struggle to put their story into words, and a lot of very gifted writers who never seem to find that one great spark of inspiration. You have that rare combination of both.

Once again, I'm sorry this review was so long in coming. Thank you for the amazing story. It inspired me to get off of the fence and write my own. This is truly one of the best on HPFF!

Author's Response: Wow, now that's a review! Thanks so much for taking the time to read the whole story. I've said in other reviews/comments that I wanted readers, when they finished the story to think "yeah, it could have happened like that." I wanted the characters to grow and to do that they had to make mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes lead to quite a few negative reviews, but in the end, across all the reviews the story has, they are 90% positive.

If you enjoyed this, read the follow-up, Thirty One Bottles, its a neat sequel (of sorts) based on an original plot device. Let me know how you like that one too.

Have a great day
seeker68


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