Date: 21 Mar 2012 8:39 pm Title: Chapter 1
Wonderful story, Mary. You have captured how Nell must have felt at the loss of her whole family so well. How difficult it must have been for Nell to deal with her feelings of what she sees is a lack of love on her parents' part. Lovely parallel with Little Women.
Date: 21 Mar 2012 1:30 pm Title: Chapter 1
Your story is very vivid. It explained to me a relationship I knew very little about. I liked the link between spoken words and 'Little Women' I t explains so well. Thank you.
Author's Response: Thank you, Scrabble. I have no idea why Little Women jumped into my mind when contemplating their relationship, but I'm always plreased to find inspiration.
Date: 21 Mar 2012 1:07 pm Title: Chapter 1
What a beautiful vignette, and how true to the Chalet School universe. And of course to real life, as is all your writing. Actually, just a bit too close for comfort.
Ever thought of writing non-fiction on grieving? There's so much you could say.
Author's Response: Aw, Luisa, I'm not sure I'd be any good at it at all. I don't mind talking about it, as part of my parish bereavement team, but I would hate to foist my views on others in print. I do enough of that in New Dreams. *grins*
Date: 21 Mar 2012 11:45 am Title: Chapter 1
I was thinking of Jo and Beth as you showed us Nell and Cherry's conversation.
It was so lovely to see Nell fling her burdens down, to see with such clarity. Mary, you have a real talent for making me cry!
I can't imagine how awful it must be that your parents can't keep going for you. Cherry really saved Nell.
Author's Response: Um, perhaps you should take out shares in Kleenex, Karita. Or perhaps I should and share the profits with you all. *grins evilly* Thank you for enjoying that little story.
Date: 20 Mar 2012 10:34 pm Title: Chapter 1
thank you Mary, I decided to post here as SDL is my home page at the moment. It is a moving and possible story, written to you usual high standard.
Author's Response: Bless you, Pauline. I don't mind where you post as anything I write will be put in both places for the time being.
Date: 20 Mar 2012 9:33 pm Title: Chapter 1
What a lovely scene Mary... Poor Nell. What a hard time she had to struggle through. Losing her family like that must have been a terrible storm for her. And yet, you have shown here how she came through it, never quite forgetting, never letting go, but she survived. Until finally, finally she was able to come to some level of understanding, and accept that she was equally loved by her parents, even if they didn't know how to express that love.
It must have been such a pain to her that they were so bound up in her sister that they forgot about her need of them, and prefered to join her... But regardless of this, that conversation with her dear Cherry has remained with her as a moment of true sisterly sharing.
Thank you Mary - that was wonderful. What a way to remember Nell.
Author's Response: Squirrel, what a genuinely kind review! Thank you so much for always responding so lovingly to my writing.