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7/18/2018 c26 9MamaStreet
I am slowly working my way through all your stories and enjoy them so much! I really like the depth you’ve added to Frank, Joe, and Nancy’s characters. The military backgrounds in particular are fantastic. And your villains are the absolute creepiest. Well done!
1/8/2017 c25 18Red Hardy
Oh my gosh - I forgot to comment on the engagement ring? I had so much I wanted to say and was afraid I would forget something and I did!

The engagement ring being an heirloom in the Hardy family was a perfect touch. That, in and of itself, would lay to rest any doubts Vanessa might have about being accepted by Joe's parents. And the fact the Joe called Frank to ask if it was okay for him to give the ring to Vanessa was the kind of little detail that made this such a special story.

Again - GREAT job! Thanks for sharing this story with us.
1/8/2017 c26 Red Hardy
Just finished reading the last chapter and I really enjoyed this story. I must admit the way the brothers spoke was a little distracting but the reasoning behind it that we learn at the end makes it quite believable.

I love the way you wrote Joe. Normally I like the character of Joe to be a little more happy and carefree, in general, but the way you write him in the universe you have created is just perfect. He has a sadness, a darkness and an edge to him that comes from his life experience of losing Iola but more importantly his time serving in the military and being deployed to a war zone. He wouldn't be believable as anything other than the way you wrote him.

I also liked the way you altered Vanessa's history from canon and how they met. Again, it just fits beautifully with the universe you have created. Many times writers try to create a whole new history for the Hardys and other recurring characters, but then they fail to alter the characters themselves to fit in the new universe they have created. You did it, and did it very well. Even with the changes in the characters to fit your universe, I can still recognize the characters I fell in love with from canon.

I loved the last few chapters with Vanessa and Joe getting to have their romantic getaway. Again, the way you wrote Vanessa coping with what happened and NOT losing her love for the cabin and everything it represents was done so realistically. I was worried she'd never want to go back to the place that held so many happy memories for her but it was an unfounded worry. Love Vanessa meeting Laura and Fenton and feeling so at home in their home and in Bayport in general. It can now be her safe place to return to as well as Joe's. And of course the proposal was wonderful! It was all the more memorable and special BECAUSE Joe kept forgetting what he wanted to say so it didn't come out all hearts and flowers and perfection - it came out as perfectly Joe.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful story with us. I will be re-reading it again and again.
1/7/2017 c26 Sarahjoy628
I absolutely loved it! You are an incredible writer, and I loved how detailed you made everything. I felt like I was there too :) Any chance there will eventually be a sequel? ;)
1/7/2017 c26 Barb
Awesome story. Great proposal!
1/6/2017 c26 14Cherylann Rivers
What a lovely ending to a fabulous story. Thank you for taking the time to make all of the details spring to life; it is what makes you such a fabulous writer. I thoroughly enjoyed the long chapter as well. I think the only detriment to a long story is that your readers probably have so much they want to say (at least I do!) and I try not to forget what I want to comment on!

Your description of Bayport was lovely. I could picture the houses, streets, etc. It is picturesque, as I imagine things would be in Hardy land. It's so real how Joe cannot stand to be there for too long, even after all this time, because of Iola. It was also great how he had to remind himself to focus on the future instead of the past.

The Hardys were lovely, welcoming, and accepting. The little details, like the story of Vanessa's mom, the young Hardys always asking for supper, and the fact that Joe has to hold back from calling his mom a drill sergeant (funny) make everything so vivid.

It was great to talk of the boys background (not men- true, Joe) to tie everything together. And the proposal scene was tender, romantic, impulsive (would the ring fit?!) and altogether how Joe Hardy would do it. I also thought it was sweet that Joe called Frank who was fine with letting Joe have the ring- lovely.

Thank you for a well written, suspenseful, and unique story. It was my pleasure to have read it!
1/6/2017 c26 78Paulina Ann
Loved it and how you brought the true meaning of the title to this chapter. Now Frank and Nancy have to catch up. :) Don't forget to mark your story complete!
1/6/2017 c26 9TinDog
Beautiful ending! The proposal was very romantic- loved the heirloom ring and the location he chose, the emphasis on showing each other pieces of their past while looking ahead to their future together. I think Laura and Vanessa are going to have a very good relationship, which is a good thing. Joe's interaction with his mother was cute. A thoroughly satisfying ending to a very enjoyable story! I look forward to seeing more from you this year.
1/5/2017 c26 max2013
Joe, despite your misgivings, your proposal was perfect-words can get in the way, especially with an amazing sunrise setting! Just a perfect ending to this story-lovely fluff leaving me all warm and fuzzy inside! Thank you for sharing!
1/5/2017 c26 30Caranath
*sigh*. I am all mushy.

So, plans for a sequel where the boys escape prison and come after Vanessa?!
1/2/2017 c25 Guest
Happy New Year!

snowball fight: far-fetched but fun

you did a great job with the brothers in this story and bringing them to life. original, intriguing villains. it was interesting to learn more about their background and motivations and how they came to be the way the are.
1/2/2017 c25 9TinDog
A new chapter from you is a great way to start the year! This was a good one. I liked Daphne's joke about the wine being how she ended up with a husband and two girls, and her "He's not half bad, if you like the tall, rugged type." Vanessa's right- that is exactly how the holidays should be. I'm so glad she and Joe get to experience that after all. Very interesting background on the Wakefield brothers. It does make sense that they would turn to each other and create their own private world, language, etc., after what they went through. It does not justify their choices, but it makes them easier to understand.
12/31/2016 c25 78Paulina Ann
What? I need more!:-) Hope you feel better and your new year starts better than the old one ends! Loved the snowball fight!
12/31/2016 c25 30Caranath
Beaten by little girls. Oh I hope Frank finds out...
12/31/2016 c25 max2013
Really glad you are on the mend. LOVE the girls winning ALL the snowball fights-age matters guys! Like Joe and Ron bonding-looking forward to last chapter. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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