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Review:nott theodore says:
Hi Jenna!

Oh, this was so sad! I was scanning your page and realised that, even though I'd always intended to, somehow I'd never read or reviewed this story, which was the first one I remember everyone talking about when we were new on the forums! I've seriously missed out for almost a year, because this was so beautiful and moving.

Dementia is such a horrible thing, and I think that you dealt with a sensitive topic really well. I felt so sorry for Bill here; I've had my own experiences with this illness in the family, but I think for it to be your life partner who is suffering from it would be worse than anything. At times, it seems like they're a completely different person to the one love, and that makes this story even more heart-breaking.

I loved the way that you set the story up with mentioning all the torments that those who had been in the war suffered and still suffer, and then to see Bill (who was always the handsome one!) charming all the ladies and the nurses in the care home. When Fleur came and was so horrible, I really felt for him. I can understand why the nurses would be angry with her, but I loved that you explained why Bill couldn't be.

All of those memories that you used to explore Bill and Fleur's relationship were just so perfect and touching. You captured them so well, particularly Fleur as a really strong woman and Bill's love for her. Every detail just made the story more moving and upsetting.

But still beautiful ♥

Sian :)

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Author's Response: Hi Sian! :)

Wow, this review took me right back to that time when this, GfS and Derwent Demented were my only stories! The good old days, haha. :P I'm so glad you liked this, and it was really lovely getting your reflections on it!

I'm glad you thought I handled it well. It's a subject which is very important to me - I'm actually writing a non-fiction piece about it now in RL. It means a lot to hear from people who have similar experiences in their own families, because I know how difficult it is and wanted to do it justice. I agree, I can't imagine how difficult it would be to see your partner change like this.

I'm glad you liked Bill here! He seems so charming and good-natured to me, and I felt he would continue to have a positive attitude throughout his life. I know, I felt so sorry for doing this to them as well. :( Bill knows that it's the disease talking, and he wants to be there for her no matter what.

Aw, I felt those moments were so important to show how they've grown more in love as time went on. It's always the most tragic, to see how somebody has changed. I'm really glad you thought I wrote them well.

Thank you so much for the lovely review! ♥


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