I am happy to accept advice, and some of this woman's advice has been very sound. I was already putting it into practice before I received the full reader's report (as I had heard one of her suggestions through the publisher already). Some of it I'm unsure about, but I realise how inexperienced I am at this style of writing, so I am seriously considering all her suggestions, even though it would mean reworking the beginning of the book. It was only the demand of marriage that really caught me off guard. It just seemed so unreasonable! As my publisher said herself, if this is on another planet, they might not even have marriage, as we know it, anyway! So why is it so necessary? It seems because there is a textbook somewhere that says that this is the best ending for this kind of story. It is especially cheeky to back this view up with the opinion of another "expert" who hasn't even read the book, as this woman mentioned in her email to me.