So I'm here to review for my strong female challenge, my challenge is characterisation of your leading female and the events that led her to be 'strong'.
I think Augusta is such an interesting character which I know very little about and I really haven't read too much of her in fics so I'm really engaged into getting into your head-canon for her as I do see her a pretty awesome lady who needs more love within the fandom! Another question I was thinking is where to start with her? she's lived a pretty long life touched with a lot of tragedy. You chose it all! what a monster of a one-shot!
This is really master class in characterisation and a character study. I loved all the scenes and I was so impressed with how you gave each a reason and purpose, nothing was just thrown in there. You had a plan with it all. I love when people take something from canon and weave into their fics in your case, the amazing touch of Frank buying her that ugly hat which Neville references in PoA. I thought that was really clever little touch to add a sense of realism here. It really worked so well for me.
I love your references to Augusta's identify as a mother and how important that is to her. She obviously very caring lady but you also captured that she's rather grumpy, seriously but sassy! you've gave her so many levels and explained every inch of her. I really enjoyed her relationship with Alice and I thought her disapproving was understandable but also quite amusing at the same time. Frank is obviously a mummy's boy and she wants Alice to know that! I like the idea of her husband being the 'fun' one and their banter in the early scenes were really amazing, just felt like they had a great chalk/cheese relationship!
I wasn't sure what to think when I saw how long this was but you've really paced it perfectly, it didn't drag and waffle too much. I'm not sure if there is anything that didn't work about this you know? I thought you've really captured her as a person and how her relationships affect and change her as a person over the course of her life. I see her progression as a character which is an element that I really love. I think I also really like that you haven't dwell too much on the angst of her situation but more her coping after the events. I can't really praise what you've done here enough.
Thank you so much for entering my challenge! I should have the results up soon!
- Abbi xo