So much to love about this, I'm not sure where to start. First and foremost I love your version of Marie - her pride, her pain, her love for her boys, her wisdom. You found the perfect way to add backstory and it blended in seamlessly. The conversation Adam and marie had regarding him always taking care of his brothers was especially touching without being sappy - an ability i envy.
Secondly, I think you do first person extremely well. I seriously felt like I was watching him think whether on top of sport or near the lake or heading home You're writing overall is so easy to read and it's very easy to get lost in the story, which is not an simple task for a writer. Your details are perfectly placed and not overdone.
Thirdly, I just like the story overall. SO much. Adam is so beautiful in it. J'adore.
Author's Response: Thank you, Lisala, for your detailed review! I enjoy writing Marie and her possible relationship with Adam--it must have been complex and multi-layered. When I started this story, it was third person and a struggle but changing the POV made all the difference. Merci for reading and letting me know you enjoyed this story.