Reviews for Love's Journey
kayjay triquetra chapter 175 . 6/15
What an excellent and well written story! Not sure why it took me so long to start reading it but once i started I didn't want to put it down, it put the tv series into a much better context and justified any sudden or unexplained plotlines, a bit like reading the great book a good film was based on...onwards into the continuing journey...
Rachel chapter 175 . 5/28
I have held of commenting until I finished, but honestly now as I write this words escape me! Honestly the dedication you had to writing this story and the amount of time you must have spent writing this astounding me! I have loved every single second reading this, since I first stumbled across it. You have truly brought the characters to life in a new way, and it was so interesting to read your take on what might have happened behind the scenes. Thank you so much for writing this story. I look forward to read Love's Continuing Journey soon. Thank you again
elfish chapter 175 . 5/19
Finally I've managed to finish this story. I'm so overwhelmed by its greatness that I needed a few moments to gather my thoughts and review the entirety of this story in my mind. While reading I often made little mental notes to myself when I came across moments I really liked to include them in my review. I hope I'll be able to remember everything I wanted to say. With over 1400 reviews I'm not sure whether one more will make a difference but I really want to express my gratitude for you writing this.

Okay so where do I begin? First I want to mention that I've never read a fanfic that had over 100 chapters as I imagined reading through so much to be rather tiring. But gosh I wouldn't have any objections if this story was three times as long as it is.

In my opinion the lengths of the chapters were perfect. There were some very short chapters and some very long chapters in between. There was all in all a great variety not just with the length but also with the different types of chapters. The diary entries, the letters, the POV all had different appeals (and Tom's first attempt with his typewrite was glorious), which contributed to the charm of this story. Even though we sometimes knew very well what was going to happen, it was so interesting to read it from a different angle, from a certain perspective or in front of a different background. I was so eager to read what was going to happen next and I found myself rubbing my eyes in the late hours of the night promising myself to only read one more chapter before i lose to much sleep.

There is no need to say that I absolutely love Tom and Sybil as individual characters. And this fic gave so much more substance to them, that it actually helped understanding them better. How much they truly loved each other, why they felt like that for each other and why they really are made for each other. But also why both of them are lovely people that deserve all the best.
I also understood why Sybil took so long to reply. It made perfect sense, even when the wait was torturous. Of course while watching the show I knew how life changing her decision was to leave Downton but after reading this I understood it some more. I came to admire their strength to break the norms. And her strength to leave all she had behind.

There is no need for me to say that you expressed their thoughts very well, giving them the depth the show couldn't manage to do. Because of Downton's format and its style of roughly giving every character equal attention the series couldn't give its characters the depth that some of us really wanted to see.

The same goes for relationships. I always felt that DA mostly scraped at the surface when handling relationships. Which is understandable of course when you have that many different characters to handle. But because you could focus only on Tom and Sybil with this story, you were able to introduce some really great relationships. Relationships that we weren't even aware of when watching the show. I frowned at the lack of interaction between Tom and the staff in the series but you made him friends with so many people who worked with him, especially Gwen and Anna, and I really, really loved that. Because I liked to think that Sybil wasn't the only one he talked to when he was in Downton, no matter how much I love them together. He was also an employee and here he did the things employees did.

Oh Gwen, how much I love her importance in this story. I also wondered why they've never showed that Tom was involved with Gwen too, when he was so happy for her at the Garden Party. They looked like three close friends when they hugged and I'm so happy that you included their closeness in further chapters.

And on Sybil's front I really enjoyed how you portrayed the relationship with her sisters. Her sisterhood with Mary was different compared to her sisterhood with Edith, and I loved every interaction Sybil had with her sisters, preferably all three together. Despite their disagreements they really look out for each other. It were actually the parts where she wrote about the picnics they had together in her last diary entry and when she finally said goodbye to them, that had my emotions going.

I also loved that you gave Tom a family to care for and talk to. Not to mention the letters he wrote to Martin. I usually don't like OCs in fanfics but not with this story. (Also Susan, but I will talk about that later.) When watching the show it felt like Sybil's family was the only one that mattered because we knew so little about Tom's. But he also cared about the opinion of his mother and worried about his family's wellbeing back in Ireland, I enjoyed that very much. Learning more about the Branson's with every chapters was great and gave Tom the substance he needed. And I can't wait to read LCJ to find out more about his family and how they act around each other.

Everything about York and Sybil's training was so interesting because it was all completely new. You had the freedom to write whatever came to your mind and I think you did a really good job. The confrontations Sybil had with her supervisors and with Jane's gang, her friendship with Susan that deepened with every letter and the importance her time in York had with her relationship with Tom.

Another thing is, when Tom and Sybil's relationship began to evolve I didn't want them to have a different first kiss than they had in canon on the show. But after reading chapter 110 it made much more sense that they did kiss before the "you are my ticket" scene. I also have to add that it's now one of my favorite chapters. Also the chapter where they eloped surprisingly became one of my favorites. Surprising because I didn't like them eloping on the show. But in your chapter their interactions are so adorable and lovely and the first time they feel so free to do whatever they want to. I'm smiling just thinking about it.

You did so, so well in expressing their passion for each other. It's nearly seizable how much they love each other and how much they long to be together. It's amazing how their relationship work on different levels. Sometimes they are sweet, nearly giving me cavity. Sometimes funny, when teasing each other, making me giggle at 2 o'clock in the morning when I should be sleeping. And sometimes well... let's say they really, really want to be together... in every way.
That's also what made them so interesting to read, because they worked on so many ways.

To be honest, before reading this I wasn't aware how much time passed between the Tom/Sybil scenes. It took them nearly 7 years to finally be together. And compared to the show the wait here felt so much more agonizing. And I really felt for Tom in all this time. In one chapter you called him a saint for waiting this long and now I'm certain that he really is.
Some scenes really have become canon for me as I found myself waiting for your "extended scenes" when rewatching some episodes recently. It all had become a mixture in my head, which I have nothing against.

I probably could write a few more paragraphs about this story but this review already got too long as it is. I guess you get the gist of this; I really, really loved this story and in the future I'll come back many times to reread.
It's great that the final chapter doesn't feel like an end but more like a beginning, which is also very good for my emotions. (I'm still very very emotional as the wound is quite fresh.)
I'm so eager to read LCJ and find out about the Branson's life in Dublin. I still have the fic about the missing years though... Ugh I can't decide, maybe I'll go back and forth.

Anyway, thank you so much for writing this fic and just writing for Tom and Sybil in general!
johnnybbad4 chapter 112 . 4/20
Band10hut chapter 166 . 11/2/2015
This is wondrous! I love the way you convey the conflicting emotions between Tom and Sybil. the way you show how they progress from young folks wanting excitement to mature, loving, and brave adults is fascinating. I also love all the different views people have of each other and of their choices, along with all the plot holes and unexplored motives and ideas. keep on writing!
ale.camacho92 chapter 168 . 10/21/2015
northernwolfspirit chapter 41 . 8/26/2015
I was really eager for that moment when Sybil talks to Isobel. I love how Sybil wants ti do something of her life, I love how she doesn't fit in in her life as. a "Lady" (I know that must sound awful to some people, but I find that a good thing)
Most people in her situation (trying to learn how to cook) would give up in their first error, but she kept doing it. I admire her so so much!
I'm looking forward to read the next xhapter. I'm eager for that very special moment (the one I'm quite certain you know what it is).xx
Ninuska chapter 175 . 8/23/2015
I must say I have been getting ready for quite a while to write a few lines to you about the sheer brilliance that is this story. I discovered it a couple of months ago, whilst re-watching Downton for the first time. I was always a loyal Anna/Bates shipper but on my second watch, I began to lean towards Tom/Sybil more and more. And then I found your story. Yes, the timing could not have been more perfect. I don't even know how to express my gratitude towards you and your beautiful writing style & clever, original, loving, funny ideas. This story saved my sanity during my university exam period. I always allowed myself a couple of chapters before going to bed (which assured that I wasn't always revising and stressing out about exams).
Love's Journey means so much to me. After finishing it a several days ago, I felt as if I've just lost a best friend, a companion even. You have given the journey of Tom & Sibyl more than justice and you have enriched our understanding from the couple's moments in the series (which, if you ask me, there are simply NOT ENOUGH OF!).
So, stage two...I started re-watching Downton for the second time and filling in the gaps that you so kindly shared with us and your vivid imagination came up with. This time, it was a pure treat. All of those in-between Tom/Sybil moments make so much sense and they fit perfectly. Honestly, I bow before you.
AND THE JOURNEY CONTINUES! I feel like it's Christmas and we have all been very very good to deserve this.
So if I haven't made myself clear yet...THANK YOU SO MUCH for this poignant, beautifully written story. I shall treasure it next to all my favourite novels (one of them, coincidently is North and South. Loved that little association. It made me jump up and down with joy.)
Anyways, I wish you all the best for your writing. Keep going. I cannot wait to be taken on another journey with you :) Sending you lots of love! xxx
northernwolfspirit chapter 40 . 8/14/2015
So I finally reached the end of the first volume! Result! I was upset for not having time to do so. Anyway... I was willing for the Garden Party chapter because I couldn't to read about their reaction when they held hands! It was as precious as I conceived in my mind! And also Gwen's reaction when she was told about the exciting news! I'll miss to read about her! - Well, now I'm moving to the missing years and I just want to thank you for this amazing story, I'm loving to read it, but how could I not!? xx
northernwolfspirit chapter 37 . 8/14/2015
I must say that this was a very emotional chapter. Nevertheless I can't deny that I really enjoyed reading it, especially because the show, although I love it very much, barely showed us a thing about Tom's past and even present life (at least when he was a chauffeur) and you've with your story have been feeling those gaps majestically
northernwolfspirit chapter 36 . 8/14/2015
I love darling Sybil, she's not only the sweetest spirit but also a strong, intelligent, caring young woman with a giant heart and always willing to help others. She may think of her as a selfish person but she couldn't be more wfong, bc she's certainly the most selfless one 3 I love her friendship with Gwen and how she's been helping her to get the job. I also love that you show more of Tom in the "squad" helping Gwen as well. It was cute to see that she's jealous about the possibility of Tom having a sweetheart. It's funny how they're both wrong about possible love interests on one another's life! (Sorry if there are any grammar errors, I'm not a fluent English speaker yet xD)
northernwolfspirit chapter 35 . 8/14/2015
I've never thought that I could be more in love with Tom and Sybil than how I already have been for all this years, but then I came here and read this amazing ff! Tom's first entry for his journal was the cutest thing, so clumsy and so cute and passionate! I can't wait to go forward on this story! xx
northernwolfspirit chapter 33 . 8/5/2015
I loved this! It's cute how the two of them (Tom and Sybil) shared similar thoughts and they had no idea of that!
It was rather funny when Sybil was Incessantly thinking about the "seize me" of Tom' s letter xD And the terror on his face when Sybil talked about the possible marriage and he thinking it was hers, oh gosh, I pitted him, but it was cufe to see that! /sorry if there's any spelling mistakes on my reviews
northernwolfspirit chapter 32 . 8/5/2015
I neglected my reading for some days and I couldn't feel more guilty! This chapter was truly breath taking! I have goosebumps when Tom thinks about Sybil, I can't hold it. And then the way his brain try to say he is being a fool only by thinking of her but he can't help it, because he loves her, he knows she is different and deep down he has hope! I loved it. All of it!
northernwolfspirit chapter 31 . 7/29/2015
" I kept waiting to hear your feet running across the gravel down to the garage where I was working, and had to keep reminding myself that you weren't there, sadly. " this is pure perfection, omg *-*
After I read Tom suggesting they exchange dancing skills I couldn't take the very scene of my mind! If something of the sort had happened on the show, I would be the happiest person in this world!
Great job with this and I'm happy you are keeping the letters, cuz theu are such a delight to me!
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