Hello lovely! I'm very sorry it's taken me so long to get here, RL has been ridiculous, but reading your brilliant story is always such a pleasure. :)
I really like the idea of the dual storylines, and how Penelope and her son's stories will intersect with Eileen's. It's such an interesting idea, and I'm curious to see the resemblances and differences between Eileen's character and that of her ancestors, and whether their stories will mirror each other and weave together (weave.. see what I did there? :P). I think beginning the story on such an emotional and intense scene - Penelope's death - made returning to meet her character as a young woman who is still alive and has no concept of her own mortality is so unique, and I loved getting to know the weary woman from the first chapter and her family in a different light.
As always, your writing is beautiful. You really capture the mood of the era, like you do with Eileen's time, and the language is almost lyrical. I think you've done well at situating the story in the times, like with the references to the architecture and layout of the castle, hearing about the betrothal, and the family having so many children. Another little detail, and I'm not sure if this was how it was supposed to be interpreted, was how Kynborow asked her husband how his trip was in the morning, even though he'd probably gotten back the night before, insinuating that they probably sleep in seperate rooms, which would have been very typical of the times and maybe hinting at the lack of romance and adoration that Penelope would have in her own betrothal. So I'm not sure if that's what you intended, but it was a great little detail nonetheless! :)
There were many little golden details and hints as well: I was especially intrigued by Penelope's mother's scar, and what it's history might be. You are very talented at saying a lot in a few short, well-crafted words, both painting a picture while leaving details and hints up to the imagination. Your chapters are quite short, yet still convey so much about the setting, atmosphere and the characters, it's just magical. :)
I'm so curious about Penelope's plans and what will lead her to the state in the first chapter, and of course to learn more about the family curse and how it affects all these people. I'm looking forward to reading on, and hopefully it won't take nearly so long next time! :) Amazing job, as usual! :D
Author's Response: Hello darling! I'm so happy to see you here again! Don't worry - I'm patient! And as long as you enjoy each and every chapter, I'm quite content! I hope RL gets a little less crazy.
I'm glad you like the idea of dual storylines. There aren't going to be too many similarities because I don't want to write the same story (that would be boring!), but I think you'll like where this is going. Haha, weave - I love it! Nice pun! They will sort of mirror each other and sort of be foils for each other. I can't be certain because I haven't written them all yet, so things will probably change, but expect some fascinating things. I'm glad you like seeing Penelope. She really doesn't have any idea what's going to happen and I find that fascinating and a real treat to write.
Thank you! It is difficult to write two different time periods and stories in the same novel, so I'm trying to make them both unique. It's a balancing act, to say the least. Lyrical? Oh, that's such a compliment! You noticed that about Kynborow and Otwell - you're the first one. Yes, as with the times, they sleep in separate rooms. Very common back then - one big suite that houses multiple rooms. Not obvious, of course, but it's there!
Everyone is so intrigued by this scar and it just makes me so giddy. I just can't wait for you all to find out everything. Oh, you're too sweet and I'm just over the moon - magical? You'll make me melt into a puddle of mush.
Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I hope you continue to like the story. I do appreciate all of your feedback and value your opinions highly! ♥