After Forever Ends [NOOK Book]

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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 regrettable life was changed forever.

Locked into a fierce friendship with ...
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After Forever Ends

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Overview

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 regrettable life was changed forever.

Locked into a fierce friendship with Alexander and lost to a whirlwind romance with Oliver, Silvia found herself torn away from everything she thought she knew. Married too soon, she moved with Oliver to a rustic cabin deep in a Welsh wood and embarked upon a life she'd never planned for, surviving on hope she never knew existed and faith she never knew she had. She made her way through university and onto a career, only to surrender her ambition to raising her children and living a life that was strikingly "normal". But what is normal? Certainly not what ensued in the wood.

True love, faeries, friendship, loves lost and gained. Old magic, fate, doubt, strength and courage, Silvia's story could belong to anyone, but it is her own. Simple yet extraordinary, told in retrospect with wit and candor, Silvia recalls a life of joy and sorrow, laughter and tears. As she unravels the tangled web of her days, she reveals the secrets that exist in an ancient wood, how hearts given freely can become the stuff of magic, and how true happiness was never any further than her own back garden.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015893823
  • Publisher: Gingersnap Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 336,811
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Melodie Ramone is a wife, mother, keeper of unwanted pets, speaker, author and certified Kitchen Witch. When not whipping up culinary magic, she can usually be found delving into fringe Physics, reading anything she can get her hands on, knitting or writing her stories. Although her roots lie between Scotland and Wales, Melodie resides in the USA. After Forever Ends is her first published novel.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Sweetest story

    Loved it. I rarely cry reading a book. But this one was a beautiful tearjerker. Reminds you of what life is really about.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    One of my favorite quotes from AFTER FOREVER ENDS is "Love

    One of my favorite quotes from AFTER FOREVER ENDS is "Love is the oldest and greatest of all the magic in the world." I open up my review with this quote because Melodie Ramone's novel is absolutely magical. True love - the high, lows and in-between is captured in this remarkable novel about Oliver Dickinson and Just Silvia Cotton (you have to read it to understand this reference). After Forever Ends is not only a splendid journey of love, it's a lifetime of living set on display for all to experience.
    Thank you Melodie Ramone, for sharing this beautifully written tale. I look forward to many more.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2015

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    I lost a night's sleep to this eloquent, enchanting novel. I co

    I lost a night's sleep to this eloquent, enchanting novel.

    I couldn't stop reading AFTER FOREVER ENDS. I simply could not put it away for the night, not while reading phrases
    such as, " ...I understood none of it. Not a thing of any of it, but it was still real and it was beautiful and it was savage and
    I hated what had happened, but I loved my life. I loved my life because of him, because he was in it."
    And, "He looked away. I just stood with him and shared his shock and sorrow while the world we knew crumbled around
    us. Helpless, we let it fall."

    This is truly an ambitious story, spanning generations, chronicling the lives of many people - all of whom are connected,
    but not necessarily by blood: They are eternally conjoined by the bonds of love, and the unbreakable loyalty that is the
    blessed result of kindred spirits who find each other. Souls that remain united into eternity, even if forever were to end.

    In a flowing first-person narrative, Ms. Ramone tells the life story of a very old woman, with uncanny insights into the
    character - insights which become a very realistic portrayal of her thoughts and her memories. And oh, those memories...

    Ms. Ramone writes:

    "And what are memories if not moments locked away in your head and in your heart? They're like little sparkling treasures
    in a box waiting for the lid to be lifted so the light can shine upon them once more."

    Throughout this novel are quotes like that one, beautiful snippets of wisdom that I want to take with me.

    Definitely, a read worth losing a night's sleep for. Five stars.

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  • Posted September 9, 2014

    My favorite book of all times

    My favorite book of all times

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  • Posted December 6, 2013

    Again, it's not the type of book I would normal pick out to read

    Again, it's not the type of book I would normal pick out to read, but I found it to be a wonderful story. The tale follows the story of Silvia Cotton, who meets Oliver Dickson and his brother Alexander in a boarding school in Wales. The story takes the reader through, the beginnings of young love, into marriage, the trials of children, heart break, crisis, and ends as age finally claims Oliver. Through it all is a magical forest where Oliver and Silvia lived and loved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

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    I'm having a hard time understanding how every review I see on this book can be so good, 4 and 5 stars. I rounded up to 3, but 2.5 is a little more accurate. Good things first; the writing style is easy and fun and light, the relationship with the twins is enjoyable, the "magic" in the book is nice too. But, the book is too long and can be boring in parts and nothing really happens. There is no conflict. I also did not like the heroine, Sylvia - I found her to be selfish, stuck-up, and sometimes I felt the "great love" that the book is all about was a little more like unhealthy obsession. I felt she was downright cruel to her father too. I don' t mind a book with flawed characters, but I don' t think the author thought she was flawed - which left me feeling uneasy.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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