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After Forever Ends

Orphaned by her mother and brushed off by her dad, fifteen year old Silvia Cotton had lived a lonely life. That is until 1985 when her father moved the family from the Highlands of Scotland to the Midlands of Wales. It is there she was enrolled in Bennington, a private boarding school, met the charming and rebellious Dickinson twins, Oliver and Alexander, and her regrettab
Isabel (Sab The Book Eater)

Dec 18, 2012

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There are love stories, there are Nicholas Sparks books, and then there’s THIS. This masterpiece by Melodie Ramone. This has got to be one of, if not the most touching books I’ve ever read. I enjoyed every page, every detail, every minute I spent reading it.

Before everything else, I think it’s only fair that I warn you, dear reader, that this book is quite long. At 3% I was already complaining how long the book was. But the further I got into the story,

There are love stories, there are Nicholas Sparks books, and then there’s THIS. This masterpiece by Melodie Ramone. This has got to be one of, if not the most touching books I’ve ever read. I enjoyed every page, every detail, every minute I spent reading it.

Before everything else, I think it’s only fair that I warn you, dear reader, that this book is quite long. At 3% I was already complaining how long the book was. But the further I got into the story, the more I appreciated it. At some point I wished the story wouldn’t end. It’s that good!

Now I know the synopsis pretty much says what happens in the book. My blogger friend was wondering what the twist was but then I told her, “That’s the point – there is no twist.” It’s true. Unlike most books, After Forever Ends isn’t hinged on some game changing twist. It’s so much more than that. It’s about life; life made whole by love in all forms.

At first I thought it was going to be some epic love story ala Nicholas Sparks because of all the reviews I’ve read saying After Forever Ends is a real tearjerker. I did cry a lot, I’m not going to lie.

What made the experience different for me was how the story touched me deeply. I didn’t cry because the story was sad. No! I cried (a lot) because the story was real. The synopsis reads, “…Silvia’s story could belong to anyone, but it is her own.” The story was real in a sense that I was able to see Silvia’s story through her eyes but it could also belong to anyone. Maybe that’s the very reason why I was so touched by the story – I didn’t feel detached from it. Everything about it was real – even all the magic that occurred in the wood. I laughed with them, I cried with them. Every bit of raw emotion the characters felt, I felt it too.

A big part of the story’s magic were the characters. Silvia. Just Silvia Cotton, as Oliver would lovingly call her, is such a strong character. I loved her from start to finish! She’s attractive, strong, witty, and very relatable! There was never a moment where I felt like she was too good to be true or she was downright annoying. I loved that in every chapter of her life, you can see how much she’s grown and yet she was still Just Silvia Cotton all throughout. As for the twins, Oliver and Alex… boy oh boy oh boy. What a delightful duo! I know twins are connected in every possible way but this book took that on a whole different level. More than their being twins, I loved that their brotherhood was also emphasized. They complimented each other so well that when Silvia became a part of their lives, it was simply… beautiful.

When I was finished, I felt so attached to the characters that I just thought, “It’s over. I can’t believe it’s over.” Melodie Ramone’s writing truly brought everything to life. From the character building to the flow of the story, her writing was superb! After Forever Ends is a captivating story about love and its magic and everything else in between. This is the kind of book that I’ll want my future children to read. This is the kind of book that leaves a lasting impression. This is the kind of book that, once it’s over, you’ll look back at your own life and contemplate. I know I did.

P.S.

I’m still hungover.

***I received an e-copy of this book for review.***
This review is based solely on my opinion.
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Rachel R. (My Book Empire)

“I love you, Just Silvia. Don’t be hurt or ticked off today. Be just fine.”

I don’t know how I finished reading After Forever Ends in 2 freaking days, but I did. Well, maybe because I can’t put it down, and because Oliver and Silvia are just so adorable that I can’t afford to waste my time not reading about them.

Right now, I really don’t know how to start this review, because of the overwhelming emotions that I feel about the story. Let’s see. We’ll start at the first part of it, where Silvia

I don’t know how I finished reading After Forever Ends in 2 freaking days, but I did. Well, maybe because I can’t put it down, and because Oliver and Silvia are just so adorable that I can’t afford to waste my time not reading about them.

Right now, I really don’t know how to start this review, because of the overwhelming emotions that I feel about the story. Let’s see. We’ll start at the first part of it, where Silvia was with her grand daughter Kitty. I honestly didn’t know where this story was headed when I was reading the first few pages, but when she Silvia started reminiscing about her life at Bennington, the story picked up and the pacing was not too fast and not too slow.


“Love is the oldest and greatest of all the magic in the world.”

Honestly, I have never cried so hard over a book like I did with After Forever Ends. The last part of it was just so heartbreakingly beautiful and very well-written that I can’t stop my tears from flowing.

After reading it, I was really contemplating about it. About Oliver and Silvia.. And I realized that both of them did have flaws, even if they weren’t so obvious in the story because it is not the main point of it, but despite that, they loved and accepted each other wholeheartedly. In the middle of the story, I was wondering what tragic thing will happen to them, really, I was waiting, but none came. And that’s the beauty of it.

I have never encountered such a perfect story, with no cheating and no trust issues and no barriers and no problems. Oliver and Silvia’s relationship was so perfect that I envy them, and I wanted my own Ollie in the end. Maybe some of you will be wondering, and telling me that oh, that will be a boring story, with no dilemmas along the way, but no, it isn’t boring. I love the natural flow of the story, and the realness of everything that is going on with it. They married when they were 17, and at first, I was like, “What the hell?” but then it dawned on me, that yes, somewhere in this world, this can happen and it already happened to some people out there!


“But more than that I wanted love. I wanted love to surround me. I wanted to swim in it.  I wanted to hold it in my hand like heated sand and pour it through my fingers so it covered my feet.”

I have to admit it though, that there were times when I was annoyed with Silvia, because I think that she can really be immature and a little too clingy for my taste. But in the case of Oliver, man, I can’t really complain a thing about him. It’s almost as if he is too good to be true and there’s no way he could be real. He’s goodlooking, patient, kind, witty… Oh, he is just everything! And… he believes in magic. 😉

And I also believe that I’m a sucker for stories with twins, and in this novel, there’s Alexander and Oliver, and goodness gracious, they are the most adorable twins that I have ever read about! They can kill each other when they’re mad, but they can also kill just to protect each other. And ohh, I remember this one scene where their father was reprimanding them and telling them to shut up..

“THE NEXT PERSON TO USE THE WORD SLUT IS GOING TO BE PUNISHED!” Their father barked. I could see him eyeing the boys in the mirror, “AM I UNDERSTOOD?”  

“Yes, Sir,” They answered in unison. Both of them quieted and slumped in their seats.  

They were both silent for a moment before Alexander innocently asked, “Well, can we say she was a whore then?”

.. see how naughty and playful they are? 😀

I loved that Melodie Ramone showed the progress of the relationship of Silvia and Oliver. From the moment they met when they were teenagers and until their old age. I also saw the maturity in every character, especially with Alexander. I never thought that he would change his old ways, but I was wrong. He did great in the story and even exceeded my expectations.

And I swear I cannot forget how they first met because I think that moment alone was already magic itself..


“I looked up and I swear time stopped. It was not that he was the most traditionally handsome boy I had ever seen, although I can’t say he wasn’t attractive. He was simply out-and-out adorable, so bloody cute he immediately made my insides wiggle. He was one of the misfits, I surmised instantly, and a popular one at that. He had a long neck from which hung a loosened black tie and the top two buttons of his white uniform shirt were undone. His dark brown hair was an intentional mess, obviously kept just short enough to meet regulations at the school. I noticed straight away he had nice skin, a smooth, olive complexion, even though I there was a small nick on his chin from having shaved. He had a straight nose, high set cheekbones, and, I glanced at his hand where he was still holding my arm, long fingers and a very gentle touch.”

After Forever Ends is a story of friendship, love, hope, faith, magic and death. You will really be drawn to it because of the genuineness of the characters and because the story just took its natural course. You’ll laugh, you’ll sigh, you’ll cry and you’ll learn. Learn to accept that there’s nothing permanent in this world. That even though people come and go, some will always have a place in our hearts, even after forever ends.

SOME OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES:
“Being lovesick can make you truly ill.”

“I love you, Silvia. I have always loved you. I loved you before forever began and I’ll love you still after forever ends.”

“I am talking about love in its purest form, love that happens before either person has ever been hurt by love.”

“Whatever it was we were in, we were into it together. Partners from start to finish, we were hand in hand. Always. Whatever it was, hard or simple, we dug into it together and we saw it through to the end.”

“Never allow anybody to take your heart for granted..”

“But more than that I wanted love. I wanted love to surround me. I wanted to swim in it.  I wanted to hold it in my hand like heated sand and pour it through my fingers so it covered my feet. I wanted to taste it, I wanted to smell it. I wanted to wrap myself up in it like a blanket and stay safe and warm inside of it forever. And I wanted to give it. I wanted to drown people in it. I wanted to love with all my heart and be loved just as much in return.”

“We had heaven in each other.”

“Love could be magic.”

*I received an ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. This, however, did not influence my review in any way.*
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