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9/26/2014 c6 Guest
So glad there are more chapters to come. Don't want it to end. You can make the stories as long as you like. I wait eagerly for the next one. Sometimes love rekindled has to take it slow. So glad they're opening up to each other.
9/26/2014 c6 5JennWithAPenn
Indeed, Bertha, "you never know..." *cough*cough* That part made me giggle, considering my own ventures on here ;) I realize most of this chapter was simply Anne updating Gilbert with everything that happened with Roy... but I am so glad he knows now. I like that she felt she could be honest with him. And I hope it will give him some courage, knowing now that her ideal is no longer her ideal. Indeed, you'd think he could connect the dots now, but it's as he said... he's seen that look before! He's seen it all! So how can he know? And I loved that you included some fun with Josie, but more than that, I appreciated that bit with Gil's parents, and his mother only wanting him to be happy and hoping his heart won't get stepped on again. Ah, so what's next, I wonder?
9/26/2014 c6 2KatherineBrooke
Ahhhh! You're killing me! This was perfectly and so sweetly done. However, will I be checking 24 times a day until the next chapter is posted, so please write, write, write. It's the weekend. Can we have another chapter? Please? I'm loving how you are using so many elements from the books to base their current circumstances on. And the ending questions are so relevant, just what Gilbert would've been thinking.
9/26/2014 c6 13Lilies of Avonlea
Wonderful. The ending especially.
9/24/2014 c5 Guest
It doesn't seem done! We need another chapter!
9/21/2014 c5 22katherine-with-a-k
so deliciously sweet and fraught. they're like young teens all over again, ah the feeling of being mad for someone and not knowing, truly, maddeningly, whether they feel the same way. you caught the feeling so well -i'm blushing like one of those apples :o)
9/20/2014 c5 2KatherineBrooke
Love, love, love! I am positively loving the way you are staying so close to the real story line here. I've thought of dozens of scenarios over the past many years of how this time may have played out (notice I haven't written any of them out yet), and you are doing a great job of hitting the mark. I love the comments about seeking comfort from the pines, and all the references to the apple tree. The tree! I had always imagined that they would have dubbed it "their" tree, and perhaps Gilbert would have carved their initials in it. I'm hoping you have plenty of time to spend writing because you have a reader here that checks for updates on just a few stories several times a day, and you are one of them. There, was this review too long?
9/20/2014 c5 5JennWithAPenn
When you mentioned Lover's Lane, I was wondering if you were going to do this (and if not, thank you to Katherine Brooke for surmising about it). The one thing that struck me most was when Gilbert wondered how he would ever know if she loved him. I hadn't really thought about it... but Anne had been showing signs of it for years, and he'd always seen it, yet she'd always denied it. So in his mind, why is this time to be any different? Tough stuff for our dear Gil.

You've really exacted Anne's remorse and sorrow over hurting Roy and Gilbert both, and feeling like it's too late. I wish Maud had brought that in, so may I repeat myself in saying that I am glad you did. And then when Gil came out and said how hard it was for him to see her with Roy... ah, I can see her laying up all night wondering "what did he mean by that!" Speaking of Anne thinking into everything, I liked the parallel of Anne's imagination running away with her, both with the ghosts and then with her "ideal." And the ironic thing is that it's running away with her again, this time over Gilbert not loving her anymore. I wonder if you did that on purpose?

Oh! and I adored the when Gilbert said, I'll bet you've been wandering all night, I'll bet you're hungry, etc. He does know her well and you certainly showed it. I laughed when he said "don't tell my mother." And I was gaping at him right along with Anne as he brushed those leaves off of his shirt. *Swoon swoon.* Mmm, that girl is in love, love, love! I'd hound you for updates, but then I'd be a hypocrite ;)
9/20/2014 c5 Guest
So beautiful! I love that you are taking them back to the beginning of the foundations of their friendship and re-building their love on that. So many assumptions and so much misunderstanding and miscommunication can cause so much sadness. Again I know what happens but am still afraid for them both. Your writing is amazing to make me feels all this anticipation. Can't wait for the next one
9/20/2014 c5 13Lilies of Avonlea
Wonderful! I just love your descriptions.
9/16/2014 c4 Katherine Brooke
I loved how this chapter went and especially all the references to things that happened in the books. It's like this really could've happened between recovering from the illness and their engagement. Is Gilbert going to get home and need to go for a walk in Lover's Lane to be alone with his thoughts too? Oh, I hope so. If not, that's ok too. We know that he had "come quite often to Green Gables since his recovery" so I expect plenty more chapters. How fun this is!
9/16/2014 c4 Guest
you are certainly channeling LMM. Ooh the anguish, the doubt in those last few paragraphs. Please, please , please keep this going. we all know how it ends but the journey thus far is amazing. Can't wait
9/16/2014 c4 22katherine-with-a-k
the clear, gentle way you have with words is so delightful. this was an amazing idea, bringing them together at diana and fred's. i really enjoyed the insight into their little family -loved the line about focusing on baby fred's eyes so that anne doesn't feel ridiculous. and my favourite bit -the name anne-girl! you clever thing to notice that. i was hand clapping! i loved that anne confided in diana, bringing her friend into this and making her her confidante again, another lovely, meaningful touch. and speaking of ...when anne and gilbert's arms touched briefly... pure butterflies.
it must actually be very difficult to write this part of the story when the two of them live in this no man's land -neither sure where they stand, but unable to be anywhere else, but you make it seem so natural and authentic. loving it :o)
9/15/2014 c4 5JennWithAPenn
There were several things I really liked about this. First, I'm glad you aren't resolving this right away. I'm greatly looking forward to it but I'm enjoying and appreciating the bumpy ride. I think we can all say that Anne deserves to go through a bit of doubt about Gil's feelings, after everything she has done to him over the years! Maud doesn't really make her pay the price, does she? So I'm enjoying all of the insecurities, and her wanting to know if he is engaged but being afraid to ask, and worried she's too late... it seems so fitting for it to happen that way, and therefore all the more worthwhile to her, when he finally does tell her how he (still) feels.

Then there is this adorable awkwardness you've got going... reminds me of younger days, and liking someone but not knowing if they feel the same way, and you're so sensitive to the locking of eyes, and brushing of arms, and how close you might be sitting to each other... etc. I'm a teen all over again, Bertha!

Another thing I always lamented was the lack of "girl-talks" between Anne and Diana. So I'm glad you had that short scene between them. I also liked Davy, and Anne over-thinking her hair/dress/necklace, and Gil's comment about "you sure had a lot of fun," and his response to first hearing "Anne-girl," and Anne wanting Diana/Fred's "easy love," as you called it. Lots of little nuggets here! Thank you!
9/15/2014 c4 mrseljefino
The angst is killing me! Can't wsit for more!
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