Reviews by chezza
A Mouthful of Regret by Patina Rated: PG-13 starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 55]
Summary: Adam's second round-up following his return home from college.  He and Joe aren't getting along but a brutal bear attack changes everything.
Categories: Drama, Prequel Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 5746 Read Count: 858
Published: 07/16/2008 Updated: 07/16/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: A Mouthful of Regret Reviewer: chezza Signed

An exciting and touching read, Patina. A well thought out study of the individual Cartwrights, their various flaws and strengths, and their relationships to each other. I work in healthcare so I liked the medical details. Poor Adam. Boy, those Cartwrights are tough :)

Date: 06/12/2019
A Word to the Wise by Deb Rated: Family Friendly starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 29]
Summary:

A simple conversation takes place in a saloon on the eve of a special day.


Categories: Holiday, Future Characters: Adam Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1666 Read Count: 384
Published: 12/28/2009 Updated: 12/28/2009 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: chezza Signed

You handled this so skillfully. Debbie. Developed the story with just the right tension and pace. Interesting setting. Satisfying ending. Well done.

Date: 12/01/2019
The Passing of Chimes by Tracy Rated: Family Friendly starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 21]
Summary:

Christmas is a time for making memories.

Ben Cartwright finds himself lost in reflections of his past.


Categories: Holiday Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2709 Read Count: 151
Published: 01/02/2013 Updated: 01/02/2013 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: chezza Signed

What a charming picture of a loving family at Christmas. Especially got a kick out of the image of Little Joe telling Adam to haul him out backwards from under the tree. Thank you Tracy for this story that made me feel so good.



Author's Response:

Thanks, chezza, for reading and commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

Date: 12/09/2019
Cracked Up by Bahj Rated: Family Friendly starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 13]
Summary: After finding his wife's favorite platter broken, Ben enters the ring with Little Joe. Who will emerge the victor?
Categories: Prequel Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2735 Read Count: 170
Published: 02/09/2014 Updated: 02/09/2014 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: chezza Signed

Bahj, you did a good job of showing us how Joe's adult characteristics would translate into a child's behaviour. Amusing and fun to read. Also, evoked a lot of sympathy in me for Ben :)

Date: 10/13/2019
A Life That Matters by Pt29646 Rated: PG-13 starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 6]
Summary:

Adam is at Harvard, and he meets Frances Staunton Whipple, an independent young lady who wants a life of purpose and adventure. 


Categories: Drama, Romance Characters: Adam Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 8064 Read Count: 93
Published: 11/12/2014 Updated: 11/12/2014 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: chezza Signed

I enjoyed this well-written story, Pt29646. You have a natural style that flows well. Also I like that Fran is a young woman with a sense of purpose. She seems a realistic match for Adam.

Date: 10/06/2019
A Brother's Love by Sharry Rated: PG-13 starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 37]
Summary:

Adam and Joe are forced to spend an unplanned night in the woods rekindling old coping skills after Joe is injured in a riding accident. SJS fans will recognize a familiar theme.  Those types of stories are alive and well, and don't require contributions from me. Nonetheless, I have raised my right hand, and freely admit to using Joe as a conduit to Adam, my eternal and true intended target.  Cheesy grin... 

*Adult Language* 

Adam and Joe centric with references to Ben and Hoss.


Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 5679 Read Count: 670
Published: 09/13/2015 Updated: 09/13/2015 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: A Brother's Love Reviewer: chezza Signed

Very satisfying and skillfully written story, Sharry. I see the relationship between Joe and Adam just as you do, deeply affected by Adam's surrogate parent role during their youth. Made me think about what a great parent Adam would make. I like how you detailed the way certain scents trigger strong memories and emotions in us ie. the smell of Adam's body (which I'm certain would trigger a strong response in me ;) Also, wanted to say how gratifying it is to see a story where brothers are comfortable with physical intimacy. I think it's important we give men that message. Thanks for the enjoyable read.

 



Author's Response:

Chezza, thank you for your thoughts and feedback!  I am encouraged each time I hear that someone else views Adam and Joe's relationship in the same light that I do. 

I don't think Adam could have easily avoided a sort of surrogate parenthood with Joe given the difference in their ages.  I guess some brothers might have rebelled against accepting that type of role, but I don't see Adam doing that. 

I also have complete faith in readers to understand the meaning of familiar scents that we all commonly associate with our loved ones.  While I would love to know what Adam's personal scent was like (which would trigger a major response in me as well, and probably why I thought of it), I'm comfortable assuming that it was a part of Joe's long ago memories.  Such things are not likely superficial, or anything that we think about routinely.  We just know it's there; more like a descriptive piece of our closest relationships - something we can remember and lean on for comfort when we need to. 

I think the relationship between these two brothers would have been enduring.  (And it was fun to explore a little differently for a little while.)   :)

Date: 01/10/2020
Night of the Howling by Sharry Rated: PG-13 starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 13]
Summary:

Adam, Hoss, and Joe fall prey to unnatural circumstances while on an overnight trip away from the Ponderosa.  Unexpected danger ignites a host of painful memories for all three brothers when they are forced into a fight for survival with only each other to rely on. 

A bit of a WHN in that the story is an attempt to address some of the emotional fallout that would have been unavoidable following the circumstances unleashed in the original episode My Brother's Keeper.   

*Adult language, circumstances, and some graphic violence.*


  


Categories: What Happens Next?, Action/Adventure, Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 9786 Read Count: 226
Published: 10/30/2015 Updated: 10/30/2015 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: chezza Signed

Well done, Sharry. Very engaging story. You seem to have a good grasp of human psychology as evidenced by your adept character development. Loved that you chose to give Hoss the real expertise and calm authority in this scenario. Hoss was often portrayed as the nice guy in the background but I saw him as being very wise and confident when in his element which was natural rather than social situations. The line "Hoss was born knowing how to snore" really tickled me. I also liked that you hinted at cool, restrained Adam's mostly hidden reckless side. What are these disreputable hotels you speak of? :) And for some perverse reason it also pleased me that Adam (mildly) swore a fair bit in your story. Don't want to think too much about why that pleases me. Even your description of the horses' behaviour really drew me into the piece and seemed realistic. I know you chose wolves as the subject to continue the Montpelier Gorge storyline but I happen to think they were an excellent choice for a Halloween-timed story because of what they represent symbolically. I live in an area with a lot of wolves so I view them positively but I understand how throughout mankind's history they've come to represent the fear of what lurks just outside the campfire light, our vulnerability in a dangerous world. And to me, the Cartwrights are in a way their own wolf pack; capable, cunning, relentless but fiercely loyal to each other. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for a fun read.

 



Author's Response:

Thank you, Chezza!  There's something about wolves that makes them particularly fun to speculate about.  And as you mentioned, Adam and Joe's experience at Montpelier Gorge makes all of the possibilities feel even more worrisome for all of us.  The story does have a bend toward the Halloween season - at least that's how I saw it, too.  It's a time of the year I enjoy and like to read about.  :)  

I have always thought Hoss was every bit as wise as either of his two brothers.  All three of them just offer a little different insight into most things - life in general for that matter.  I think Adam could and would easily rely on Hoss.  Joe, too, if the situation called for it.  Adam's own natural authority in the order of things just pushes him into feeling responsible for both of his brothers.  Adulthood, however, allows for each of them to shine in their own light. 

And oh yes - I've chosen to believe Adam has a bit of a reckless side that Hoss knows all about.  The two of them are not only brothers, but grown men.  :)

I love your comparison of the Cartwrights to a wolf pack.  That's exactly right, isn't it?  Each member of the pack has their own set of strengths and vulnerabilities.  In many ways, Joe is one of Adam's biggest weaknesses because he would worry about him.  When the three of them join forces, however, they can face down almost anything together. 

It's gratifying to hear you enjoyed the story.         

Date: 05/28/2019
Summary:

Adam is rushing home from college, trying to make it home on time. Along the way, he meets some strange characters who present him with a gift for his father, then disappear! But was it real, or was it all just a dream?


Categories: Mystery, Holiday Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 5833 Read Count: 81
Published: 07/11/2016 Updated: 07/11/2016 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Photographs from Heaven Reviewer: chezza Signed

Littlejoenice, your stories are always so inventive and this one is no exception. Really enjoyed seeing Adam as a student and thinking about how his little brothers would have idolized him. Very touching.

Date: 12/01/2019
Summary:

A single gunshot has devastating consequences for the Cartwrights and those close to them.


Categories: Drama Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 8012 Read Count: 154
Published: 07/08/2018 Updated: 07/08/2018 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: chezza Signed

Not an easy story to read and I'm sure not an easy one to write. You handled this difficult subject in a clear but layered way. It's interesting to think how the life (and death) of one person affects so many. Thanks for giving my emotions a workout, debpet. :)

Date: 01/21/2020
Precious Gifts by Patina Rated: G starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 6]
Summary:

A Christmas ornament leads to a discussion between father and son about faith, hope, and love.


Categories: Holiday Characters: Ben Cartwright, Jamie Hunter
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1186 Read Count: 64
Published: 12/29/2018 Updated: 12/29/2018 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Precious Gifts Reviewer: chezza Signed

This is excellent, Patina. I don't think I've read a more touching story on Boomers. Love how you chose Ben's relationship with Jamie to say so much about his feelings for his other sons. You have a delicate touch and you know the Cartwrights perfectly.

Date: 12/01/2019
Summary:

It's January in Virginia City and a blizzard has descended on Virginia City.  Sam the bartender and his staff become hosts to Adam Cartwright and Roy Coffee, who bring with them a stranger from the East.  Sam is observer to a drama that plays out in his saloon and ultimately plays a role in its conclusion.   This story was prompted by the Winter Challenge, 2020.


Categories: Action/Adventure Characters: Adam Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 6615 Read Count: 83
Published: 01/11/2020 Updated: 01/11/2020 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: chezza Signed

As someone who has lived through many blizzards, I appreciated your vivid description of this force of nature. Very entertaining character development paired with a naturally unfolding mystery that is never completely solved. Really enjoyed reading this. Thanks Elizabeth.



Author's Response:

chezza, thank you for reading my story and leaving a review.  Like you, I know a lot about snow storms, and each one is different.   I'm glad you enjoyed reading the story.  That makes it worth while.

Date: 01/17/2020