|Reviews for Heartwood|
| Cactusgirl329 chapter 15 . 12h ago
Well first, I have to thank your reader Uvaack and your beta, slayhue, for assisting you. I know what it feels like to have a great beta and editor - they give you peace of mind and they did a fantastic job. So congratulations to all three of you for a job well done!
Jersey! I was saving this last chapter to tell you what this fic felt like to me, but of course you had to ruin it by putting Home at the end. This feels like Marilynne Robinson's Gilead and her follow-up novel, Home. There's so much patience in your prose and plot that the greater turmoil and conflicts happening around the country and the world were illuminated through a very specific and somewhat limited space. It takes a certain kind of writer to reveal layers without ripping the fabric apart. And as cheesy and ridiculous as this sounds, it feels so close in kinship to the "American" novel like Robinson's work. Additionally, your word choice, syntax, and sentence structure all feel so intimate. You did a wonderful job weaving together such a cohesive and beautifully written story of not just love, but of the growth and story all these women.
I thought it ended perfectly. I loved the conclusion and the reality of war and that Brittany was able to find places for the women or that these women had found and made a place for themselves. It was such a change from when we were first introduced to them.
Great job, J! Thanks for taking the time, the research, and loving your work so much that it translated into every chapter. It was a great journey!
| Cactusgirl329 chapter 14 . 13h ago
This first paragraph - it's a very clear and accurate without gaudy words or too descriptive phrases. All of this scene is intimate and comes from experience. "It's what happened when the dying slowly pulled away and took with them, a part of the loved one's heart."
Loved the fight between them and the frustration, but I especially loved Hazel's interaction with Brittany. It perfectly encapsulates the necessities of running and business and knowing one's strength. Great and totally realistic scene. I adored that she called Brittany a hard-headed jackass.
asdhgadhahgdal;ghagjh Hazel asking if Britt had made Santana a space! alj;haghdjl;a'fjda *articulate thoughts*
| Cactusgirl329 chapter 13 . 13h ago
Domesticated Brittana in the kitchen? I just heard the sighs of hundreds of readers swooning. Santana stumbling over the pie question was just perfect.
The whole conversation between Britt and her father regarding her future husband just made my stomach drop. This is the subtly I love about your writing especially in conjunction with the nostalgic feel of an "era" piece. We've all had this conversation. We've all experienced it, but the way you transition into the scene feels so natural that it mirrors a shared experience without forcing the issue as a major point of contention because it IS one, but you don't write it in exposition, the tension is in the dialogue. Everything that follows from that moment is written so well. The grounded piece. The ideas of the future.
"But when would that life start for real?"
It's the dream that makes everything worth it also the section which directly followed. *fans self* *gulps* Yup reading this at work. *dabs head*
| Blueskkies chapter 15 . 3/3
Great story, fun adventure and getting to know the characters. Sad to see it end...but happy Brittana stuck together
| elephanthats chapter 15 . 2/28
I loved this story. Is there going to be an epilogue? I really hope so, I feel like there could be more of a wrap up between Santana and Brittany.
| gwin chapter 15 . 2/23
I loved it. Sad it's over. Hope to read more stories soon. :)
I only wish there had been just a tiny tad more "closeness" between Brittana in the last chapter.
| mocblue chapter 15 . 2/22
Not sure how I missed this story, but it was awesome! I loved everything about this story: the writing, setting, character development, etc. A beautifully written story, kudos! A one shot on their life together a few years in the future would be nice! ;-)
| nicoleyaselis chapter 15 . 2/21
| chibi04 chapter 15 . 2/21
This was just an amazing story. Loved it
| Guest chapter 15 . 2/21
I am lost for words in describing this story. Its amazing and I am so glad i found this fic. Should be made into a movie. Thx for writing. Hope there is a sequel with a reunion with the crew. And wld like to see our girls at 50.
| BrittanaLove93 chapter 15 . 2/20
Aaahhh.. I'm so sad that it already reach the end! I love it so much! But Santana didn't tell her father about them yet? And they didn't tell their friends yet?
| Harrybm54 chapter 15 . 2/20
A wonderful and great story. This could easy be a script for a superb
Movie or tv series. Just imagine it with the cast you projected. You are a gifted writer and I do hope to read more of your stories. I love history and enjoyed TKTD and White shadows a deserves a place amongst these you for writing. A lot
| pleasegirldontyoudieonme chapter 15 . 2/20
And then they grew to be HAPPY old maids together, didn't they?
| VictoriousStarKid chapter 15 . 2/19
This story is so awesome and I'm sad to see it end, but the journey was amazing. :)
I look forward to reading more from you.
| ChristmasEveLastYear chapter 15 . 2/18
This story was so amazing! Loved it till the very end :)