This is such a gentle tale. Slightly sad but with a happy feel shining through. Good writing.
Author's Response: Thank you for your review. Life is like that, the bitter and the sweet, and as we grow older, hopefully we get wiser.
Once I got past the alternate universe premise that Lily's father and Severus' mother were alive, I enjoyed the back and forth of interest but not too pushy. I had especially liked, in the first chapter, that Eileen seemed to realize who he is (with the Oct 31 death date of his daughter and son-in-law), but then I was confused where Eileen is surprized here in Ch 2 to realize who he is. Still, I liked the older romance and the thought-piece of some poetic justice for Severus that someone truly mourned for him and for Eileen that someone might really care for her.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for writing a review. I really appreciate it. I didn't know if anyone would care for a romance that is, as you say, not too pushy, and involving older characters, but I wanted to do something different. The prompt for this challenge involved two people who were not what they seemed to be and were not completely open with one another, so that is how I wrote them, hesitant to reveal everything about themselves or to say what they suspected about each other, reluctant to ask the questions that would have laid everything bare. While researching Cokeworth some time ago, I found a website that explained in great detail about the architecture, floor plans and all, of working class housing in the old British mill towns, and it gave me a rich background out of which this story arose. I like to think the best of people, absent evidence to the contrary, so I like to think of Eileen as a nice person who loved her only son very much. I am glad that you enjoyed this story.
This was fantastic! I loved it very much!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for your remarks, Leanne. I was trying to write something sort of different in the way of romance, and I'm really glad that you think it worked.
Not real, but a nice story.
Author's Response: Thank you for your review. We can always depend on you to acknowledge our stories by a little comment. I'm glad you thought it was nice. I almost never read Romance and have never written it, so it was time for me to venture into a new territory. I wanted to make it different from the other romance stories that we see in the archives. My husband had to smile when I read him your comment "Not real"; he remarked that none of the stories on this archive are real, but we knew what you meant, not canon. I hope you will enjoy Chapter 2 also.