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Review:Lululuna says:
Hi darling! Wow, this is such a lovely chapter, though quite emotional at the beginning. The imagery of the graveyard was truly beautiful, and as always I loved the tiny details which go into threading the story together, like when Eileen offers Tobias tea (so, so English) and his factory-roughened hands and the hint that the tea set is seldom used and what that says about how often Eileen has company. Eileen's mixture of wonder and guilt at Tobias' gift, thinking he might have worked overtime to buy them for her, really told the story of being a working class man at that time and brought the relationship even more to life for me.

I love the way the relationship between them is developing, how the strong silent Tobias just shows up at her house, how much she clearly likes him and they have this deeper connection that goes without saying. I hope Eileen is right about Tobias and reading all these thoughts and links correctly! It seemed so typical of him (well, what I know of him) to leave the gift there for her to find and fold up the note into a tiny square instead of writing her a card or something- he's so unconventional and gritty, and I love it.

You've gotten me really curious about what happened to Eileen's family! Something you do so well is build up to these mysteries and facts without giving too much away at a time, but planting the seeds so that the reader stays curious. Poor Eileen, finding all their bodies like that must have been traumatizing, and I'm curious and a little nervous to find out what happened.

Another great chapter my dear! :)

Author's Response: Hi darling! It's so wonderful to see you back. I wrote a great response for this the other day and as I went to post it, my Internet went out. Ah well, it just means I get to read your lovely review again!

I try to keep it very English, you know and keep my Southern culture out of it. That's be a bit ridiculous! :P You noticed his factory-roughened hands? Ah, thank you for noticing all those little details. I work so hard to make sure all the threads work together nicely. I really wanted to show that despite Eileen's magical abilities, they are working class and everything isn't glamorous. It's all very ordinary and real.

Isn't he wonderful? I think he's wonderful! :) I love, LOVE the words that you use to describe him: unconventional and gritty. That's exactly what I'm going for. He needs to be unconventional to fall for Eileen, I think. They don't have one of these relationships that we see so often in the 21st century where it's the constant stream of words and thoughts thrown at each other. They're almost old-fashioned. I'm so glad you appreciate and like how their relationship is developing.

Haha, I almost feel bad for doing that - giving you guys all these hints and details. I'm trying to lace them slowly together, but keep it intriguing too.

Thank you so much for another wonderful review! It means so much! ♥

Shelby


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