This is hilarious. After reading Cost of Freedom, someone contacted me and told me how much they loved the story. I was so flattered. As we talked, they mentioned different, memorable scenes. They loved the hero and heroine. They wanted to violently hurt the mean and nasty characters. Then they paused. Taking a breath, they said, but I was hoping that one character in particular would die at the end of the book.
I had to laugh. I told them, I completely agree and this character did die in the original draft. It was changed due to the immense support this character received from early readers. This latest reader assured me that she still loved the book even with that flaw.
I think back to the day when I received all of those emails from critique partners telling me that no one would accept the original ending. I'm glad to hear that at least one person saw my vision.