Abby by Texrep

Description: Thomas Tregonney has served the railway well and faithfully. When the railway is closed, what else should he do?
Size: 1083 KB ( ~ 205,369 words)
Type: Drama
Age Rating: Anybody
Tags: Romance, Drama, Politics, Historical

Review by mayhem42   [other reviews by mayhem42]

Reviewed: 2010-08-03

Just a note, I felt it necessary to put my review on this story before it is complete, so I don't know the whole tale at the time of this review.

I have read stories by Texrep before. I have always found them to be of very high technical quality, with compelling characters and enjoyable stories. This story is not one of those. This one is completely beyond those. The technical quality is extremely high. I've only found two minor spelling/grammatical issues, which is fewer than I generally find in an equal amount of text in professionally published books. The characters are not just compelling, they are fully three-dimensional. As for the story, here is where I have a minor nit to pick. The story is classified as a Drama, where I would classify it as a Romance. Not in the meaning of personal, loving romance, though that certainly seems to be just down the road a bit. In this case I mean Romance in the more grand sense of the word. It is a romance of places, where the English countryside comes alive to the point that you can almost feel the breezes and smell the vegetation on the moors. It is a romance of industry, bringing to life the machines and the men who lived and died for the railroad during its height. And most of all, it is a romance of the people, making what would ordinarily be plain people with plain lives in an ordinary place come to life in a way that makes you incredibly envious of them.

It's probably a good thing that Texrep is only posting two chapters a day. I fear if he posted the whole thing at once, I would not budge for any reason until I had completed it.

Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 10 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10