What a beautiful, thoughtful tale. I love 10/Rose stories where they have a time outside of their normal adventures to admit their feelings. I've had the honor of going on silent retreat at a monastery before, and you captured the setting beautifully. And I love the character of Jacob very much.
I rarely cry over fic, but I will admit that the doctor going back to the cabin broke free a tear or two. Canon is a cruel mistress to work within. ❤
Goodness but this was written long before Capaldi took over as the Twelfth Doctor but the "I forgive you" scene hit me hard and reminded me of the episode with the Zygons and boxes. Both scenes have someone not directly victimized (Rose and Twelve) but giving forgiveness anyway. And while it's not the absolution they want, it's far more than either ever thought they'd receive and reminds them they're not beyond hope and redemption. This chapter was so well written and thought provoking I just had to stop for a minute and drop a line. Loving this story.
so sad, I'm hurrying onto the next one, because I really want to see a reunion
I'm sorry I'm only reviewing at the end, but I just wanted to let you know how much I've adored this verse so far. I've been in a bit of a rut with this OTP (not loving it any less....just....missing them), and when a friend suggested this, I have to admit I dragged my feet for a while.
My hesitation was entirely unfounded, because this story is absolutely gorgeous. It's well paced, well written, well characterized, and you wrote such a fantastic OC in Jacob. The transformation the Doctor goes through, in healing and in accepting forgiveness, is just.....so beautiful. It's so peaceful and unusual to enjoy a fic set in a moment of peace -- where the primary conflict is sorting through the angst of the heart. I'm already several chapters into the second multi chap story, and I'm loving it so far. Thank you!!!
This story was simply beautiful!
I am a bit of a snob about fanfic. I can't stay away from it, because it brings me the characters and situations that the series writers never has. Still, I am a stickler for grammar, spelling, and basic character adherance. Clearly, you excel in all areas, but beyond that your story was so lovely . it is one of the very best I have read, and the only one to bring me to tears (yes, the epilogue).
I enjoyed so much the peace you allowed the Doctor. I think everyone needs a place to go home. Without that base, it's too easy to lose who we are. Among so much loss, I truly loved seeing the Doctor recognize this home. In a great sense, it was almost like a man bringing his girlfriend home to the family for approval.
I think it would have been easier for you to let the Doctor bend and give in to attending prayers, but that simply wouldn't have been our Doctor. You took the more painful - and honest - route of keeping him in character. I agree with your choice, although I don't agree with his.
A word about the epilogue... I was prepared to lose Jacob. I was not prepared for what you chose to do instead. I loved the result, but it broke my heart. You have a true gift for bringing your reader along on a journey. Sometimes that journey is painful, and this is one of those times. It was beautifully written. You leave the reader with hope that our beloved Doctor will be okay...eventually.
Your love scenes were perfect. I didn't consider them gratuitous or unnecessary.. They were an integral part of the plot, honestly written, and so sweet to read. Yes, I agree that they were adult, but not at all inappropriate. It's a tricky line, to avoid being vulgar without becoming clinical, but you skirted it nicely.
Thank you so very much for this lovely story...well written, well researched, and so touching. It is definitely one of my favorites!
I have read this verse numerous times and I never tire of it. When I am in need of emotional or spiritual healing I turn to this verse. The development of their relationship is incredibly well written. I can't begin to express how much I love this verse. Your resolution of Journey's End is superb, just beautiful. It has been 6 years since you wrote this, I wonder if you will ever write again. But then again, this is perfection, I don't know that a verse like this could ever be written again.
I have just read the whole story... that was stunning, every single aspect of it. So much thought and detail. I am weeping here, I knew what was to come... it was inevitable... doesn't make it any easier to bear tho.
I must have read this story a hundred times now, and still I love it with my whole heart.
One of the very best works of fiction I have ever read, and the one I turn to when my soul is in need of sustenance.
Perfect. Completely and utterly perfect, as is the whole of this series.
I wanted to say how much I've been enjoying your story. The chapters have a nice flow to them, just as the story. Your vocabulary is vast, and I appreciate how your words don't linger on the page. The other two things that separate you from the other authors on here is how you have written Rose and the Doctor. Your writing conveys her intelligence rather than pointing it out. The Doctor is just as interesting as you would think he would be in real life. He isn't just randomly spouting facts, they pertain and enrich the environment you have written him in. I have really enjoyed your story so far and I look forward to reading more!
Yesterday morning I found a link to your stories through a fic rec site. I finished the second this morning at 12:35am. I could not stop reading. Reading your work was a glorious journey and I can't wait to look over your other entries. Thank you so much for you gorgeous writing.
I can't even articulate my love for this story. Stunning.
I'm back for my umpteenth read of this gorgeous story and its as magical this time as it was the first time I read it years ago! It still has the power to captivate me and make me wish that this had actually happened. I miss 10 and Rose so much and I'm so glad we have writers like you to give our wishes a voice!! Brava!!!
Gosh, I love this! The pacing is excellent and suits the setting, the calm that is reflected in the title and in the monastery. I really liked the parallel with the Ninth Doctor in Ten saying that Rose could ask him to stay: running away from the Daleks would have been as hard as making him while away her life on the slow path. I adored how you dealt with Doomsday and how Jacob compromised (sacrificed?) his principles so that the Doctor could have an anchor point without Rose.
I think this is one of those stories I'm going to come back to again and again!
I read the whole series awhile ago and have been meaning to review but haven't been able to find adequate words to convey how unforgettable this story (and the other stories in the series) is. You capture the dynamic between The Doctor and Rose so perfectly, showing how they balance and complement one another and just how much fun they have together. Jacob is an amazing character too and so well developed. I hope you are out there still writing somewhere, fan fiction or not, because you are a very talented story teller!
The epilogue also left me in tears and that doesn't happen to me very often. This even though I knew I had the reunion sequel to look forward to reading as well.
I just want you to know that this storyhas touched me immensely. I found myself crying freely, especially at the end. Good work, keep it up! You have true talent :)