|Reviews for Petals|
| MyShadowWalksBesideMe chapter 17 . 7/11/2011
Gah! So romantic! I loved his proposal so much! So cute so cute so cute! Oh I love this story!
| MyShadowWalksBesideMe chapter 16 . 7/11/2011
Also, I think it's adorable that Adrian's friends set him up. It's so adorable.
"I truly do believe they belong in Bedlam. In fact, I'm going to try and have them committed as soon as we get you home." Makes me grin every time.
| MyShadowWalksBesideMe chapter 15 . 7/10/2011
Oh nooo! Annabelle's adventure has gone consistently awry since the very beginning! I'm afraid it will spoil her taste for escapades. No wonder she prefers puttering around the garden, I think she might be genetically inclined to botch anything more perilous. I love her.
| MyShadowWalksBesideMe chapter 14 . 7/10/2011
And angry Annabelle makes another appearance! This time, though, I think she's being just a bit irrational, because it is traditional and honorable to ask the father first. My brother-in-law came and took my parents out together a full three months before proposing to my sister. He explained exactly how he was going to budget his salary to take care of her. Spreadsheets were involved.
Anyway. Poor Adrian, getting thrown out of the house! Sad sad. Annabelle is perhaps going overboard with her new assertive side here. Oh well. Necessary bumps on the road to balance. But she does raise a valid point about avoiding Adeline. This is not my favorite chapter, just because I don't like seeing them on the outs, even though I know they're getting a happy ending.
| MyShadowWalksBesideMe chapter 13 . 7/10/2011
Ooh, angry Annabelle.
I was cringing the entire time, hoping that she would give him the chance to explain and all would be well again immediately, but I admit that this is more logical, and makes for a better story. And the buckbean! Nice touch.
By the way, you've spoiled me for almost all romance. I know that probably no boy I ever date will know the specifically poetic meanings of flowers, but I can't help wishing for one that does! Maybe I'll have to marry a horticulturist ... an anthropological horticulturist ...
| MyShadowWalksBesideMe chapter 12 . 7/10/2011
Ooh, I love this chapter! It's so sweet the way he refuses to believe that she's not the one for him.
| MyShadowWalksBesideMe chapter 11 . 7/10/2011
Oh my goodness I love it when Melanie 'hints'! He finally gets it! Love, love, love, love, love.
| MyShadowWalksBesideMe chapter 10 . 7/10/2011
None of the websites I've found have such beautiful meanings. And I love Jack being saucy when Adrian is questioning him!
| MyShadowWalksBesideMe chapter 9 . 7/10/2011
I adore James. Absolutely adore him. He is so wonderful. I was sincerely hoping that James and Melanie would get more than just Ruination, as I love him so much, but that's alright. And the way Adrian analyzes everything Beatrice Millard says, trying to figure out if she's the lady! And the yellow carnations comment! Love, love, love. Then, too, the way Annabelle sends cards with the names of her 'rivals' along with her messages, just to make it absolutely clear that she's NOT HAPPY with what he is doing. Oh, I adore this story.
| MyShadowWalksBesideMe chapter 8 . 7/10/2011
I absolutely adore that Annabelle uses flowers to convey sarcasm. Glee. There was unmitigated glee going on. And when Jack takes his sweet time, just to make Adrian sweat a little - unmitigated glee, again. I can't say enough good things about this story. Being an absolute history geek myself, the little things you put in about etiquette and fashion and things just make me SO HAPPY.
| MyShadowWalksBesideMe chapter 7 . 7/10/2011
Oh goodness Adeline Thurston annoys me! She's one of those characters you love to hate, like Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera (the musical, not the book, which I have not read. It is my assigned reading this summer though! And I did feel sorry for Carlotta when Piangi got whacked. So sad). Anyway. Parenthetical tangents aside, the Earl's deadline is closing in! It reminds me of Ever After, the Cinderella movie with Drew Barrymore. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. Danielle, the protagonist, reminds me somewhat of Lorraine now that I think about it. The film is available for instant-watch on Netflix, if that makes things easier for you. And Adrian's frustration is endearing. So cute! I love it.
| MyShadowWalksBesideMe chapter 6 . 7/10/2011
It drove me crazy wondering what the note said, the first time I read this, and when I did find out I burst out laughing. I was in the living room with my entire family, fiddling on the computer, and they all looked at me like I'd gone completely insane. The memory still makes me giggle, and every time I read this chapter I grin like a cheshire cat all the way through. And Lorraine!
"How could you call him a cad, Annabelle?"
"I beg your pardon?"
I was so delighted to read Ma Mademoiselle Bizarre, and discover that Lorraine got an entire story to herself! Clever, strong-willed, witty, she's a treat, and a perfect friend/foil for Annabelle, rather like Melanie but in a different capacity. Contrasting Annabelle with Melanie highlights Annabelle's shyness and the fact that she doesn't have much of a way with men. Contrasting Annabelle with Lorraine highlights Annabelle's soft, shy personality and her sweet sense of humor. You've created marvelous, intriguing characters that play off one another well and hold your audience's interest.
| MyShadowWalksBesideMe chapter 5 . 7/10/2011
I love Annabelle and Jack ... Adrian and Jack ... as much as I adore your two protagonists, I just might have to say that Jack is my favorite character in this story.
Annabelle's little temper tantrum is so wonderful! It's one of my favorite parts of the entire story. And the way Adrian was all despondent and mopey when she wouldn't 'talk' to him was so sweet.
| MyShadowWalksBesideMe chapter 4 . 7/10/2011
"Ain't it 'is turn?"
"That doesn't matter. Just give them to him."
"I thought it was my turn."
"'At's wut I sed!"
Oh, Jack and Adrian keep making me laugh. I can just SEE it happening, and Annabelle's insecurity is so sweet and HUMAN. Also, I love the old gossips. I tend to imagine, when I'm reading this story, that every time you mention women gossiping they're the same old ladies. It adds a little more humor, though your story hardly needs it!
I appreciate the way you don't shove Adrian into being in love with her, just simple interest for now, but growing steadily. You really have a talent for this.
| MyShadowWalksBesideMe chapter 3 . 7/10/2011
The bit at the end made me laugh out loud! Always does. 'Ye bleedin' sod.' I LOVE Jack.
Ohh, this story brings out my girly-squeal side, every time Adrian sends her a bouquet I have to stop for a moment to contain my glee. It's not just that he keeps sending her flowers, it's that all of them have such beautiful meanings, and they're COMMUNICATING, which members of the opposite sex rarely did back then. Oh, I fall in love with this story every time I read it, all over again.