|Reviews for A Girl You Knew|
| Dawns Heart chapter 44 . 2/16
I've just found this story. I noticed it wasn't finished and was hesitant to start it but I'm so glad I did. This story was wonderful. Your characterizations are fantastic and true to the characters. Your Mary characterization in particular is one of the best Mary characterizations I've ever seen. You got her good parts and her bad parts; the best of her and the worst of her. The protective shell, the lashing out, the shutting down, the razor sharp wit, the competence and intelligence, the compassion she tries to hide, the love and the loyalty that no matter how hard she sometimes tries she can never dig out of herself. You captured all of it. Your characterization of Matthew was one of the truest characterizations of Matthew I've seen where he hits a real low point due to his own true-to-canon actions. You brought the worst of Matthew out but it was still Matthew. You redeemed too in a way that was still Matthew. You fit the pieces of Matthew and Mary together perfectly and you let them each have their own stories that was also their story. It was perfect.
Robert's characterization, which I noticed in your authors note you've been criticized over, was unkind but hardly unfair. He was not villainized he was very much himself and true to canon. Robert is not particularly kind to his family and he's very proud. There is no doubt that he loves his family but he often treats servants and strangers and tenants extremely kindly and his family poorly. That's just canon. You captured the difficulties of his relationship with Mary well, and what might come to the surface if Mary had gone her own way and developed stronger ground under her unrelated to Downton. Very well done.
Mack is one the best OC's, if not THE best OC, I've seen in this fandom - one of the best OC's I've seen in fanfiction period, to be honest. He was fully developed and flawed and suited Mary and the storyline and the time period well. He was perfect. When his storyline ended I was crushed. I loved that he was never a stand-in or replacement for Matthew. He was Mary's CHOICE. Not her second choice or a consolation prize but her choice, someone she loved and who loved her. This was excellent.
This beings me to my next point: the poems. I really enjoy Edna St Vincent Millay's poetry but what struck me the most was how well chosen the poems were. They moved the lot forward or suited the plot to a tee. The poems definitely suit Mary. When Tom read out 'Dirge' I was crying and so moved. When Mary first read the poem from which this story gets its' name and I read what Mack had written under it I felt my heart fill with vibrant emotion - both joy and the bittersweet sadness that aches. You shared these poems in ways that they were meant to be shared and it's been a privilege to read that. Thank you.
Your story is incredibly well written. The writing is tight but poignant. Your writing has some truly phenomenal turns of phrase. The writing brought this story to life. It's well plotted and well characterized and well developed but it's your writing that really lifts the story from the computer screen to touch hearts. It certainly touched mine.
My final writing point has to do with agency. Agency is something so many authors seem to forget when writing a story as they get caught up in their own plots - particularly agency regarding female characters. You never did that. This story is all about agency and choices, which is particularly impressive considering it's set in a time period where women didn't even have the right to vote. Mary makes so many choices and that is continually emphasized. Lavinia, an off forgotten or minimized character, owns up to the choices she's made and that she must make in order to be happy. Lavinia makes choices. Everyone, male or female, in this story makes choices that they must then live with. It's an important, compelling point. It was a pleasure to see it so directly addressed and addressed so well.
I've noticed as I read the story that you've been dealing with a number of real life horrible problems. I'm so sorry. Please don't apologize for not finishing this story or not updating frequently. You don't owe us readers anything. I can only take ownership for my own actions but I'm still sorry for the readers who have pressured you or been insensitive - I am sorry you have had to deal with that. I simply wanted to say that I hope everything is better in your life now, and if not I hope things improve for you soon *hugs* Thank you for writing and thank you for then choosing to share your stories with all of us. We're all very privileged and I am thankful I got to read this story.
| Anon chapter 44 . 2/4
OMG this story is beautiful and painful and perfect
| AmeriGirlTN chapter 44 . 9/17/2017
Sweet LDI, wherever you are and whatever you're doing, I hope life is treating you well
Just reread this beautiful story for the third time, and I've enjoyed it even more this time. You have such a great talent that I hope you are able to write in format in your new life.
I will never tire of canon M/M and thanks so much for bringing them to life in such magnificent way. If you ever have the time...
| Anba chapter 44 . 7/9/2017
The previous reviewer must have something wrong with her/him...This is story you have written out of love for writing, and it shows. I love your complex and very human characters, and have enjoyed every minute of their long and rocky road - although their current happiness feels very fragile to them. Love the scene with Mary on the bench, feeling quiet joy. And Matthew's letter is beautiful. So thanks for sharing this wonderful story, whether life gives you an opportunity to finish it or not.
| Guest chapter 44 . 7/1/2017
Your A/N reflects what a liar you are. Shame on you for not finishing this.
| LaceyakaJewel chapter 44 . 5/31/2017
Oh finish it please! I absolutely adore your writing. The moment Lavinia repeated what Mary was thinking gave me chills. I had a problem with the characters in the beginning and I struggled with Mack at first, but you wrote it so beautifully and woven it into the Matthew and Mary story in the end that I gave up :-). I truly love your characters and the intricacy and all the relationships weaving through and suddenly making sense in the end. Please finish it.
| Guest chapter 44 . 3/13/2017
Pray, you will give us the next chapter.
| Pandorkable chapter 22 . 3/1/2017
I'M TOO SCARED TO READ THE NEXT CHAPTER. I don't know what's worse, Mack dying from the car accident (like Matthew in season 3), or him alive but Mary ending up with Matthew later on. You're killing me. but loving this fic! So glad I found it.
| Pandorkable chapter 12 . 3/1/2017
I don't think I can face Mack getting heartbroken or moving on with another girl. I can't believe you made me ship Mack and Mary more than I ship Mary and matthew.
| Pandorkable chapter 6 . 3/1/2017
omg Matthew was the sea monster, and now Mack is. And Mack is so adorable and ugh...You're literally giving me the materials to build my ship for Mack and Mary.
| Pandorkable chapter 3 . 3/1/2017
omg stop. I'm actually liking Mack, even though we all know he won't be endgame. I might be slowly turning into a M/M (but in this case Mack). D: /3
| guest chapter 44 . 1/18/2017
Aw, c'mon. Finish this - PLEASE! It's been over a year since you updated. Read your reviews to see how much we all love this story.
| xHouse-Of-Blackx chapter 1 . 1/11/2017
I'm seven chapters in and I stopped reading and logged in just to comment. I had to. Your writing has a beautiful flow to it and I can spend all day reading the character's inner monologue. You've captured the characters nicely and I can't wait to read more of your work. Keep writing!
| Guest chapter 44 . 1/8/2017
Still out here and waiting...
| Sugie chapter 44 . 12/20/2016
I don't know how Mary refrained from leaping across the dining room table and absolutely ripping Robert's throat out; he was so relentlessly hurtful. The end of the chapter though was as lovely as the dinner scene was brutal.
I first discovered this story a few months ago, and have just finished reading it through for the second time. It is SO achingly beautiful. Won't you please consider finishing it? As another reviewer mentioned, like Mack (LOVE him!) I'm willing to wait. This story and your writing are worth it.