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11/28/2020 c1 7twlightbella
Sweet father in law and son in law moment
5/29/2020 c1 Clare
A fab short story with lots of nice details :)
8/12/2018 c1 10bloomandgrow
This was simply marvellous, full of rich details about their life in America woven into a gorgeous tapestry. There were so many things that I loved but I will only name a few:
Liesl understanding how much Georg loved her mother and why he was so devastated when she died;
the way Liesl had her father's strength and courage when his gave out when Agathe died - she stepped up to look after her siblings in the most heartbreakingly poignant way;
I loved the way you kept all the original children in character even though they were 7 years older;
I also loved the connection between Georg and Mathew and how heartbreakingly similar their stories were - returning from war devastated, but finding joy again in their first born daughters;
Of course I also loved glimpses of Maria and Georg's love story after marriage.

What a wonderful story.
1/24/2018 c1 137rebecca-in-blue
I really enjoyed this story. I love the way you depicted Georg, Liesl, and the whole family years later; a lot has changed for them, but the important stuff is still the same. I love "the yelling, arguing, laughing, and the thumping of feet running up and down" and Georg's reaction to it. I think the opening paragraphs do a good job at summarizing the family's early years; it's close to canon, but there are some interesting bits of new stuff, like Georg's drinking and Liesl pushing to be in charge of her siblings herself. Although in some places, it did start to feel to "then this happened, then this happened," etc.

I really love the "I think I understand" conversation between Liesl and Georg while they're dancing. It's a very touching show of how much she's grown and matured that she now understands her father's grief and can forgive his behavior. I can't imagine that was easy for her. This was a great followup to the film.

P.S. Discovered this story via a recommendation at the forum The Dark Is Drowsy.
6/25/2017 c1 Grunt
Best yet!
5/9/2017 c1 73UndoubtedlyTheWine
Lovely story! Loved the way you showed the father - daughter relationship
9/13/2016 c1 Ficel
Why oh why have you removed your other story? Maria fearing horses she n the captain becoming c!oser why oh why beautiful writer?
5/9/2016 c1 103Sara K M
Hi there.

I thought this was sweet.

I really LOVE married fanfiction couples, first of all.
And love stories that have children using their parents romantic relationship to understand their romantic relationship better.
Of course Liesl can understand her father's attitude after her first Mother's death better now that she's getting married herself.

Liked the way you showed Georg's feelings about Liesl getting married, too. No father has an easy time with giving his daughter to another man. Especially his oldest daughter. But I can see it being worse for Georg because he lost so much time with Liesl after Agathe died.

I find the memories of governess vs. Liesl taking care of the children interesting, too. Of course, Liesl's siblings would have responded more to her than most of the governesses, because Liesl loves them.
And if you look at a "governess" as fancy term for a live - in babysitter, than of course Liesl didn't need a governess and is probably better at looking after her siblings than another governess.
But since their father tried to make himself unavailable to his children, the governess needed to become a parent instead of just a babysitter. A little too much for any teenager, even one responsible like Liesl. And of course, no governess was willing to become a parent to them until Maria.

I liked the part where Georg talked to Mathew about the Natizs, too. As much as he would have missed Austria, there had to be some relief for him to talk about the Natiz scum and have everyone AGREE with him in the US. :) I'm sure the two of them bonded over military service and mutual dislike of the enemy.

Loved the sweet moment with Georg and Maria near the end, too. I think a lot of fanfiction writers seem to think the best way to show love is sex. It has it's place, of course, but there are a lot of other ways to show it. So much tenderness and teasing between them in this scene. (Like the way you showed how tired Maria would be, being pregnant and taking care of all those children, too.)

Glad Mathew made it home, even though he wasn't exactly "okay" at the end.
2/6/2016 c1 24Mie779
oh my what a wonderful story... love "the father of the bride" theme... poor georg... having so many girls to marry off... love how you portrait him in this... love the little gimps of "chaos" of the daily life in a house with that many kids/young ones... just sweet and homey and wonderful written... loved it... and I liked the shimmer of darkness in Matthew's experience being at war, and how his family (baby) gave him hope and light again in his life... wow... just wanted their story to go on for ever... ;)
1/28/2016 c1 1bluesatinsashes
Beautifully crafted story! You write so well (as you can see, I'm pretty new to FF so I'm getting to know you guys story by story...writing wise, that is). I love how you changed up the von Trapps' story when they came to America (e.g. the names and genders of Maria and Georg's three kids). Super sweet story, I very much enjoyed it!
12/31/2015 c1 38lead me to salvation
This is such a perfect little fic - I love all Georg's feelings towards having to give Liesl away and the little nods to the past are really lovely, and then all the madness with the crazy number of children they have - I absolutely love it! :) :) xx
12/30/2015 c1 9indigobluewriter
What a lovely surprise to be able to read this on my return from holiday! Very well written, with some excellent insights into Georg's relationships with his older daughters. I liked the idea that he is 'reconnecting with his emotional side' through his son-in-law, and the vignettes in which we get the flavour of his growing love for his young children - well-crafted, and thank you!
12/27/2015 c1 Guest
Oh, I love this and all the emotions that come with giving away your daughter. I think you did a wonderful job of displaying those things in Georg while keeping him true to himself and still in character. Really wonderful story. One thing though. During WWII the Air Force didn't exist yet, it was a part of the army and was called the Army Air Corp. That's my history side coming through, lol. I loved the story though so well written and beautiful!
12/27/2015 c1 11BlossomOfEdelweiss
I think the last guest review was from me. I forgot to sign in, lol. Sorry about that. It was a wonderful story!
12/26/2015 c1 1callumrogers7
EXCELLENT - I'm not even going to try & list all my favourite bits about this story, I'd be here all day. All that needs to be said is it's very intelligently written & a cracking good read.
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