Hello! :) I've just come from Rumpel's story, and love how you guys have coordinated and linked the stories together. You're both very clear writers with that touch of humour and these stories blended just perfectly. (Also, did you know that your stories are 'Recommended' at the bottom of one another's in the 'Other Similar stories' section? So perfect!)
I like how you began this, talking about where Rowena lives and what the surrounding villagers think of her. It's pretty awesome how unconventional Rowena is and how she doesn't care that people disapprove. The explanation of how she has a daughter and is a widow, and therefore free to fancy Salazar without scandal, was a great little detail, and I liked the mention of the diadem.
so skilled was she that any man who offended her might awake the next morning to find himself inhabiting the body of a toad. Haha, this is so awesome. I loved the reference to it later on by her maid as well. And I don't blame her for not wanting to ride sidesaddle.
Are you not happy that a man is finally acknowledging that I really liked this as well, and how it shows that she does resent not having the respect and approval of the wizards. I like how you portrayed her as very confident and rather self-aware, showing how she does desire being appreciated. As she deserves to be!
I loved the ending, and how they both have that moment of realization! It's just adorable. You guys did a lovely job, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your stories. Well done! :)
Author's Response: Hi! Nearly a month later, here I am to answer your review!
Awww, our stories are Recommended on each other's stories?! That's awesome!! :D
I really had fun working with her on the plot and the linkages between the stories. I am so glad that you thought I had a "touch of humour!" I'm generally not a very humorous person... Or at least, I don't think I am. However, this story was a good chance to try out a style that was a bit lighter than my normal style. :)
I hail from Ravenclaw House, so I wanted to characterize Rowena in the best way that I possibly could. She seems like she would be a more independent-minded person than the situation of her time period would allow, but she doesn't allow that to stop her. And yes, there will be no cheating on husbands for Rowena!! I think that having a husband was more of a necessity for her than anything, and when he died, she could do as she wished.
Hahahaha, that line about the toad is an example of the randomness of my brain. Sometimes I'll start typing, and then something weird comes out. I do think that she would turn someone into a toad if she were provoked, though. :D
Yeah, Rowena knows that she's intelligent, and she doesn't want the world to tell her that she can't use her intelligence. It's okay that she has the estate to herself, but she WOULD like some appreciation and maybe some admiration, darn it! :)
Thank you so very much for your review!! It made my day when I received it, and it made my day to read it once again.