Reviews by Gillie
Summary: Sixteen year old Adam falls asleep at the supper table after a hard week of breaking horses. Believing his brother to be under a witch's spell, Little Joe convinces Hoss to help him break the spell using everything they know from fairytales.
Categories: Prequel Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 5877 Read Count: 177
Published: 03/23/2008 Updated: 03/23/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: TO WAKE A SLEEPING BEAUTY Reviewer: Gillie Signed

Life with Joe and Hoss must have been an adventure!  I love to read about these early Cartwright family moments!  I can see Joe's wild imagination unfolding a the same way it did in his later mistadventures~as a detective, as a bank robber, and all.  Great story!  Thanks!



Author's Response:

Thank you, Gillie!  Little Joe must have sharpened his scheming skills as a little boy (lol).  I'm thrilled to know Joe's overactive imagination and ability to draw Hoss into a scheme reflects the skills he later puts to use in Bank Run and Joe Cartwright, Detective.  Thank you! 

Date: 04/11/2012
Summary: Little Joe has to write an essay on George Washington for Miss Jones' history class. Finding the information in Adam's history books boring, Little Joe decides to spice up Washington's life.
Categories: Prequel Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3571 Read Count: 153
Published: 03/23/2008 Updated: 03/23/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: THE HISTORY ESSAY Reviewer: Gillie Signed

I really enjoyed your story, Patina!  Very funny!  It brings back memories of all those school writing assignments! I'm with Adam tho'! Time to let Joe write his own essay!  Thanks for sharing your work with us!

Date: 04/10/2012
Sunset on the Ponderosa by pony Rated: Family Friendly starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 70]
Summary:

We all know the Cartwrights will live forever in our hearts. This is the simple story of how they reached that destiny.


Categories: Drama Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 6895 Read Count: 983
Published: 04/07/2008 Updated: 04/07/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: Gillie Signed

Pony, this is absolutely beautiful!!! And I do have tissues handy cuz I am already choking up, and I think I know where we are heading. Lovely, vivid descriptions that tug on my heart of Joe and his brothers playing together. And that it is all happening at sunset is so poignant! I can't wait for the next chapter!

Date: 06/25/2011
Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 Reviewer: Gillie Signed

Tissues needed here. 

Date: 06/25/2011
Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3 Reviewer: Gillie Signed

Absolutely brilliant writing!  It's so seamless, I don't even know where to begin to comment. And emotionally it rings totally and completely true!!! Soooooo good!

Date: 06/25/2011
Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4 Reviewer: Gillie Signed

Pony, I don't know how exactly you did it, but you have written the perfect story! I absolutely loved this. Wow!



Author's Response:

Thank you so very, very much, Gillie. 'Sunset on the Ponderosa' may not be perfect ... but your review certainly is. I really appreciate your kind words!

Date: 06/25/2011
The Tattletale's Birthday by pony Rated: Family Friendly starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 31]
Summary:

Adam receives the best birthday gift ever ... from a very unlikely giver.


Categories: Drama Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4001 Read Count: 287
Published: 04/07/2008 Updated: 04/07/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: Gillie Signed
Great story, Pony. I always love these kind of tales of brotherly love. All very believable! Thanks!

Author's Response:
Date: 12/05/2012
With This Ring by Patina Rated: Family Friendly starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 24]
Summary: FeatureA short story about a wedding.
Categories: Drama, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1156 Read Count: 257
Published: 06/22/2008 Updated: 06/22/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: With This Ring Reviewer: Gillie Signed

You really had me wondering who was getting married here!  Great story! Thanks for sharing it with us.



Author's Response:

Thank you, Gillie! I'm glad to know you didn't figure it out. 

Date: 08/30/2011
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: 820
Published: 07/16/2008 Updated: 07/16/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: A Mouthful of Regret Reviewer: Gillie Signed

Wow, Patina!  That was one emotional ride!  Great descriptions of all the action.  I am a little breathless after reading this one.  I also liked how you portrayed Joe at 12.  It's an awkward age for boys, and you've captured it nicely here. Thanks!



Author's Response:

Thank you, Gillie!  I always hope I've captured Adam, Hoss, and Joe as younger versions of themselves when I write prequels and I appreciate you letting me know Joe came across as believable.  Glad to know you enjoyed this story.

Date: 05/26/2011
Summary: This is the second story in the Battle of Wills series. During a family picnic at the lake, Adam gets in trouble adding poison ivy to Hoss' bouquet of widlflowers for Marie. After an argument with his father, Adam decides to leave home. A neighbor and old friend, Abe Garvey, shows Marie that there's more to education than reading, writing, and arithmetic while leading the search for Adam.
Categories: Drama, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright
Series: The Battle of Wills
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 5671 Read Count: 426
Published: 07/17/2008 Updated: 07/17/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Education is More Than Three Rs Reviewer: Gillie Signed

I love these glimpses of how it could have been before the show began!  Your description of the lion climbing the tree is so vivid!  Can't wait for chapter 3!



Author's Response:

Thank you, Gillie!  I'm so pleased to know you're enjoying this series. :)

Date: 10/04/2011
Summary: The third story in the Battle of Wills series. Men break into the house while Marie is home alone with Adam and Hoss. After observing his step-mother's actions when faced with the robbers, Adam calls Marie a name he once heard Jean de Marigny use. This incident leads to an argument between Ben and Marie about Adam's upbringing. And Adam finally realizes that Marie had been Jean's wife.
Categories: Drama, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright
Series: The Battle of Wills
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4962 Read Count: 259
Published: 07/17/2008 Updated: 07/17/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: The Shadow of Jean De Marigny Reviewer: Gillie Signed

I see how bringing Marie into the family would be a very complicated process for Adam.  I am enjoying your story!



Author's Response:

Thank you, Gillie!  Adam must have felt threatened by this complete stranger who arrived on the Ponderosa only to be introduced as his new mother.  Their relationship must have developed slowly and Adam must have grown to love Marie.  I'm so pleased to know you enjoyed this story.

Date: 10/04/2011
A Gift Horse by Patina Rated: G starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 33]
Summary: This is the fourth story in The Battle of Wills series. Ben announces at supper that he is going to buy a horse for Marie. Adam becomes unhappy because Ben had promised to buy him a horse before leaving for New Orleans. Will this situation cause another rift between Marie and Adam?
Categories: Drama, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright
Series: The Battle of Wills
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2452 Read Count: 388
Published: 07/17/2008 Updated: 02/06/2014 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: A Gift Horse Reviewer: Gillie Signed

What a great story!  Your writing is seamless, and the details you supply go along way to paint the mood!  Loved the conversation between the two women--how it revealed Marie's strength.  All the characters rang true!  And Adam was happy at the end! Thanks!



Author's Response:

Thank you, Gillie!  I'm so pleased to know you enjoyed this story.  And I'm thrilled to know that the characters are the Cartwrights we know and love.

Date: 05/24/2011
New Expectations by Patina Rated: PG starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 19]
Summary: This is the fifth story in the Battle of Wills series. Marie and Adam race their new horses. Luckily, Paul Martin has arrived in Virginia City to practice medicine. Ben has invited Paul out to the Ponderosa for supper. After examining both Marie and Adam, Paul has to relate Marie's and Adam's conditions to Ben.
Categories: Drama, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright
Series: The Battle of Wills
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4265 Read Count: 239
Published: 07/17/2008 Updated: 07/17/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: New Expectations Reviewer: Gillie Signed

Another great chapter, Patina!  I love the image of Adam takin' charge of the ranch at age 11 when Ben was gone, and the hands good-naturedly callin' him "bossy boots" behind his back!  Lots of humor and excitement!  



Author's Response:

Thank you, Gillie!  The hands must have respected young Adam enough to take orders from him.  I'm pleased to know you enjoyed this story.

Date: 10/04/2011
Remembering Childhoods by Patina Rated: Family Friendly starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 18]
Summary: This is the sixth story in the Battle of Wills series. It's the morning after the events in New Expectations. Ben's thoughts of the coming baby make him remember Adam's childhood and Hoss' early years
Categories: Drama, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright
Series: The Battle of Wills
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3081 Read Count: 261
Published: 07/17/2008 Updated: 07/17/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Remembering Childhoods Reviewer: Gillie Signed

Lovely, lovely, lovely...!!!  What a wonderful bacwards glimpse into the early life of the family!  Thanks for sharing your work with us!



Author's Response:

Thank you, Gillie!  I'm so pleased to know you enjoyed this story!

Date: 10/04/2011
Summary: This is the 7th story in the Battle of Wills series. It's time to clean out the spare room so it can be turned into a nursery for the coming baby. As Ben, Adam, and Hoss go through the room's contents, they remember the past.
Categories: Drama, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright
Series: The Battle of Wills
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3408 Read Count: 208
Published: 07/17/2008 Updated: 07/17/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: A Room Full of Memories Reviewer: Gillie Signed

Another great chapter.  I love how you've made the story ebb and flow with a completely natural rhythm.  On to the next part!!!



Author's Response:

Thank you so much, Gillie!  I'm so pleased to know  you enjoyed this story.

Date: 10/04/2011
A New Pattern by Patina Rated: PG starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 23]
Summary: This is the 8th story in the Battle of Wills series. The Cartwrights go into town so Marie can order baby furniture and Adam can get a haircut. Hoss goes shopping with Marie and, while in the store, he overhears her conversation with two elderly ladies about food cravings and whether the baby will be a boy or a girl. Which of course leads to questions.
Categories: Drama, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright
Series: The Battle of Wills
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3807 Read Count: 228
Published: 07/17/2008 Updated: 07/17/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: A New Pattern Reviewer: Gillie Signed

Another wonderful chapter in your series!  I love how nothing dramatic need happen...just a series of lovely glimpses into the everyday life of the young Cartwright family.



Author's Response:

Thank you, Gillie!  Sometimes a little "slice of life" can be just as satisfying as a grand adventure.  I'm so pleased to know you enjoyed this story.

Date: 10/04/2011
Summary: This is the 9th story in the Battle of Wills series. The Cartwrights try to decide on a name for the coming baby.
Categories: Drama, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright
Series: The Battle of Wills
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2243 Read Count: 170
Published: 07/17/2008 Updated: 07/17/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Naming the Newest Cartwright Reviewer: Gillie Signed

How you describe the way the family interacts with each other are so good.  They bring me right into the life of the family.  I enjoyed this so much.



Author's Response:

Thank you, Gillie, for letting me know I portray the Cartwrights as a believable family.  I'm so pleased to know you enjoyed this story.

Date: 10/05/2011
Summary: This is the 10th story in the Battle of Wills series. The Cartwrights celebrate Adam's 12th birthday.
Categories: Drama, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright
Series: The Battle of Wills
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 5014 Read Count: 247
Published: 07/17/2008 Updated: 07/17/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Presents From the Heart Reviewer: Gillie Signed

Patina, this is so beautiful and exactly matches how I think that young Cartwright family would have been.  Thanks for sharing your work with us!



Author's Response:

Thank you, Gillie!  I'm so pleased to know you enjoy my prequels!

Date: 10/05/2011
Love's Labor by Patina Rated: PG-13 starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 22]
Summary: This is the 11th story in the Battle of Wills series. The newest Cartwright is born.
Categories: Drama, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright
Series: The Battle of Wills
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 5794 Read Count: 240
Published: 07/17/2008 Updated: 07/17/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Love's Labor Reviewer: Gillie Signed

What an ending!  Patina that was wonderful.  Every moment was just riveting and so very believable.  Thanks!



Author's Response:

Thank you, Gillie!  I'm so pleased to know you enjoyed this story.

Date: 10/05/2011
Summary: The 12th story in the Battle of Wills series. Hoss wants to learn how to be a good older brother to his new sibling.
Categories: Drama, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright
Series: The Battle of Wills
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2282 Read Count: 204
Published: 07/17/2008 Updated: 07/17/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Big Brother Lessons Reviewer: Gillie Signed

So sweet!  I love how you write Adam's love for both his brothers!



Author's Response:

Thank you, Gillie.  Adam certainly loved Hoss and Joe.  I'm glad to know you enjoyed this story.

Date: 10/05/2011
No Regrets by Patina Rated: G starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 17]
Summary: This is the 13th story in the Battle of Wills series. Marie writes a letter to her favorite aunt in New Orleans, describing her life on the Ponderosa.
Categories: Drama, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright
Series: The Battle of Wills
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2091 Read Count: 126
Published: 07/17/2008 Updated: 07/17/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: No Regrets Reviewer: Gillie Signed

Another great addition to your series, Patina.  I loved "seeing" the contrasts between the Ponderosa and New Orleans through Marie's eyes.  Your story makes me wonder exactly what would have happened if anything had happened to Ben.  Can't imagine Adam letting the three of them go i different directions--!!!  Ok...on to the next part of the series!



Author's Response:

Thank you, Gillie!  Marie must have been terribly homesick at times but the love of her family kept her rooted at the Ponderosa.  I'm so pleased to know you're enjoying this series.

Date: 10/05/2011
Baby's Breath by Patina Rated: G starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 17]
Summary: This is the 14th story in The Battle of Wills series. Hoss finds a kitten in the barn and decides to bring it in the house. Marie is not happy because of the old wives' tales of cats stealing the breath from babies. Will this kitten change her mind?
Categories: Drama, Prequel Characters: All
Series: The Battle of Wills
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3792 Read Count: 150
Published: 07/17/2008 Updated: 07/17/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Baby's Breath Reviewer: Gillie Signed

Another great story, Patina!  I loved Hoss's part in all of this...I can certainly see how Hoss the child grew into Hoss the man that we all love!  And the exhaustion of the family due to Joe's screaming is totally believeable.  Thanks so much!



Author's Response:

Thank you, Gillie!  A teething baby can certainly wear everyone out.  Hoss must have been a helpful child.  I'm so pleased to know you enjoyed this story.

Date: 10/06/2011
Summary:

A What Happened Instead story for No Less A Man. The Virginia City Town Council convinces Adam and Ben that Roy Coffee is no longer capable of doing his job. When Adam explains the situation to Roy, the sheriff swears him in as a deputy and then quits his job. It's then up to Adam to protect Virginia City from the Wagner Gang. When the gang arrives in town to rob the bank, Adam is injured. Ben, Hoss, Joe, and Roy all feel guilt for what has happened to Adam while serving Virginia City's citizens.


Categories: What Happens Instead?, Drama Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 10067 Read Count: 365
Published: 07/17/2008 Updated: 07/17/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: A Hatful of Guilt Reviewer: Gillie Signed

I really enjoyed Hop Sing's role in this story.  He is funny, practical, and wise! I love when Hop Sing says to Adam, just six words. “You not child. Accept fate. Live.” With that, Hop Sing left the room and shut the door behind him. I have not seen this ep for a long time. I think it's time!!! 



Author's Response:

Thank you, Gillie!  I appreciate knowing that you enjoyed Hop Sing's contributions.  Hope you watched No Less a Man and enjoyed it!

Date: 06/21/2011
Summary: Joe makes a resolution to stay out of trouble. Hoss and Adam are determined to help him break it. How long can Joe last?
Categories: Comedy, Prequel Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4105 Read Count: 289
Published: 07/17/2008 Updated: 07/17/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: A New Year, A New Resolution Reviewer: Gillie Signed

Funny story of the interactions of the brothers. Joe for once comes off as the most reasonable of the three!  I glad to read that he did have his quieter moments as a kid.  Thanks for an enjoyable read!  



Author's Response:

Thank you, Gillie.  Joe just wanted to stay out of trouble (lol).  I'm so pleased to know you enjoyed this story.

Date: 06/22/2012
Summary: Ben has an important guest coming for supper. Can Ben babysit Little Joe and prepare for his guest?
Categories: Comedy, Prequel Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3133 Read Count: 173
Published: 07/17/2008 Updated: 07/17/2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: The Sweet Smell of Success Reviewer: Gillie Signed

“What a lovely daughter you have.” LOL!!!  Very funny stuff here, Patina...tho' Iam not sure I can see Pa buying Little Joe a chemise and perfume!! Great story!  Thanks for sharing your work with us!



Author's Response:

Thank you, Gillie!  I'm so pleased to know you enjoyed this story.

Date: 09/02/2011