Reviewed by Kathryn A on 9th December 2008 (1)
Tags: Novel, AU, Canon-Sue
Characters: Harry Potter
Summary: During the summer after his fourth year, after Uncle Vernon beats Harry, the only thing that keeps him going is thinking about Hermione's kiss at the train station. But once the authorities intervene, he is sent to live among the Muggles, where he learns about life and love. But will this help him win Hermione's heart? Or will Voldemort strike first?
This story is a mixed bag. The part I liked best was the beginning, where Harry gets to know his Muggle neighbours, and learns a lot, both physically and emotionally. The original characters were well rounded and friendly.
Once the scene moves to Hogwarts, however, it's a bit more like a soap opera, with the emphasis on romance and emotional upheavals. Not that it's bad, mind you, but it didn't interest me as much as the first part, and Harry was a bit too good to be true.