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Review:CambAngst says:
Hi, farmgirl!

I really loved the places you took the story in this one. It's amazing how much of Sadie's story you've not only been able to get into the reader's head but also into the other characters' heads, all without her speaking a word. You've even given us a lot of insight into things that are still confusing for her. I get so much enjoyment out of watching this poor orphan girl gradually regain her life. Each new canon character she interacts with is a treat. You get to explore so much more than just Sadie's character.

Wow, George is being halfway serious here. I mean, he's still George, so he still dresses it up in a lot of self-deprecating humor and jabs at his twin brother, but he acknowledges that he made her a little sad and he fixes it. It was really sweet and touching and showed a side of him that you don't always seen in fan fiction stories.

Interesting. It's almost as though the twins were expecting Arthur to tell them to take Sadie to Diagon Alley. Like the planned it that way. This is certain to be a memorable trip.

Sadie's visit to Arthur's shed was probably the most touching thing you've written in the story so far. Her memories of her father were so bittersweet. It's a happy place for her, but also very sad because he's lost to her now. You did manage to work a tractor into this, didn't you! And you obviously know something about Vermont winters, because it's exactly the type of place where a PTO-drive snow blower can be a necessity. Aww, she helps him keep the secret from his wife about using magic to clear the snow. I wonder whether he wasn't supposed to use magic because she didn't want the muggles to see? Or was there some other reason?

I feel nearly as bad for Arthur in this scene as I do for Sadie. It's obvious that he lost someone very important to him when her father died. Kindred spirits, or so it would seem.

“He got it, didn’t he?” Mr. Weasley asked her suddenly, his voice thick. “The farm he always wanted, the one he dreamed of? He was happy?” -- I think this was so well done. It's a brilliant mixture of happy and sad.

“Did you try the puddle behind this shed? In my opinion, it’s always been the best one.” -- That was amazing Arthur Weasley! You have a real knack for this character.

Gah! All of those curses! So dark and twisted and horrible. How did this poor girl survive all of that? How is she not scarred beyond recognition and mentally broken? What horrible price was paid so that she could survive? These are the questions that plague me as I read this.

I, for one, don't feel like you need to be in any hurry to get to Hogwarts. That said, I'm looking forward to seeing what happens there. I'm looking forward to everything about this story. Awesome job!

Author's Response: Hey there! I thought I had another review from you buried in here that I'd forgotten to reply to. Guess I just found it. And thanks once again for this amazing review.

Your compliments have me blushing her. I was hoping Sadie's story was coming across even without her being able to speak, but I wasn't entirely sure. I think I get even more pleasure out of the fact that you've connected with Sadie as a character and are rooting for her to succeed. You put an OC out there and you live in fear that people will hate them...so your words have me smiling bit time.

George can be serious - sort of- when the occasion merits it. I'm sure that you know that one of my goals in life is to prove there's more to the twins than just being jokers. They'll steal your underwear and run it up the flagpole, but they'll also give you the shirt off their backs if you need it.

And the twins MIGHT have been hoping for that outcome of their request... I mean, it's not like they've ever been devious before...

Thank you so much for the compliments about the shed scene. Sadie's life has been touched by great sadness and horror, but I also wanted to show that before all that she had a foundation of great love as well. You ask how she could have gone through all that and not be broken beyond recognition? That's how. Those memories of light and goodness, coupled with her own stubborn will.

I'm so glad you liked Arthur here. I do enjoy writing him and think he is such a kind, funny, gentle dad (who has the ability to hex you to kingdom come if you threaten his kids). He is mourning his friend, just like you said, but he is going to find healing in helping his friend's daughter.

Thanks so much for the review. There should be more soon as I try to get back into the swing of things here.


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