Reviewer: YumYumPM (Signed)
December 03, 2016 05:26 PM · On:
Between JR wanting icecream and Gus wanting answers, this chapter starts off with a bang. We learn that Gus listens a lot, but being only six he doesn't yet know what not to repeat. But he's learning. Then comes the fun part - haircuts. Stephen is a trip. Such fun to read. Who thought eating Sundaes could be so sexy. It was good to see Cynthia again. She's in a much better frame of mind, a happy place. I think that if Cynthia was around Deb would have been out for the count much sooner.
Gus is very smart. I love where he tells Brian that he thinks that Brian is in love with Justin but thinks he should't be. Justin discussion with Gus were very inlightening. Gus is so very good with his sister. It is so sweet. What I wouldn't give to see Brian playing on the playground. There are a lot of hints as to the owner of several refreshment places on liberty. Let's say that Brian's touches are all over. Brian might be tired, but any chance to get back at Mel will be worth it.
The visits to the frame store and the flower shop were delightful. Marjorie is a delight to read. You bring her to life. Looks like Justin has a new agent. He seems so naive. Getting Brian flowers was a nice touch.
Reviewer: PA Boi (Signed)
November 26, 2016 06:16 PM · On:
Another great chapter. Gus understands a lot of adult stuff for his age. I guess he has had a lot to observe. Anxious to hear what is going on in Toronto. Brian is so great with the kids, all three of them! You always leave me wanting to read more. Thanks, Bill
Reviewer: Predec2 (Signed)
November 26, 2016 03:04 PM · On:
I so adore this story, Beth! I've been trying to come up with an adequate way to express what makes this story unique, but it's hard to hone in on just one reason. The bittersweetness of this story. Gus's wisdom beyond his ears, and his way of cutting through all the B.S. to get to what is important. Brian's love for both his son as well as JR, who desperately needs a good, solid, loving role model.
The slowly growing redevelopment of Brian and Justin's connection and relationship. All the original characters you have woven into the story that come to life throughout. The dialogue and actions that are so IC, especially for B and J. The revelations that emerge in both word and deed. And the profound lessons that are learned by so many of the characters.
I am glad this story will go on for some time, b/c it will continue to fascinate me. Once more, I am grateful you agreed to post this on here. Thank you. ~Kim
Author's Response: Hi Kim, thank you so much! I'm grateful for your comments! It's a thrill to hear you love the story this much, thank you!
Reviewer: aglaja5 (Signed)
November 26, 2016 11:46 AM · On:
The kids are great, cute and Gus is amazing. Such a good influence Brian’s got on him. Gus seems to be very open to everything, interested, observing, curious and very clever for his age. Maybe because of him being a child he is the only one who can really care about Brian. He seems to recognize what Justin means to his Dad and simply accepts this. I love this moment when Gus tells his Dad not to make things so complicated. Great!
By the way, I’m feeling very sorry for the kids. Seems as if there went so much wrong between Lindsay and Mel. How did they spend the whole money Brian’s giving them when not for the kids?
I really like how you describe those little moments, when they act without much thinking like the scene when Brian combed his fingers through Justin’s hair. Awesome! And then this ice-cream-scene… beautiful and hot. The second time they went there I wondered if this parlor belongs to Brian (because of the comments they made earlier and because of the “sunshine on ice”)?
And I have to praise you again. The scene with Justin and Marjorie is wonderful. It’s good that there is someone without any knowledge who gives Justin a few suggestions. And I love this idea with the flowers. So curious about the way Brian will react…. Thanks again, warmest regards, a.