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After Forever Ends
     

After Forever Ends

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by Melodie Ramone
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940044416062
Publisher:
Melodie Ramone
Publication date:
03/28/2013
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Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
417,688
File size:
554 KB

Meet the Author

Melodie Ramone is a wife, mother, novelist, and certified Kitchen Witch. When she's not whipping up some sort of arcane culinary magic in the kitchen or delving into fringe Physics, she can usually be found with her nose stuck in a book, relentlessly tweeting, or working on a new story.

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After Forever Ends 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. I rarely cry reading a book. But this one was a beautiful tearjerker. Reminds you of what life is really about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Girl-with-the-brokenwings More than 1 year ago
My favorite book of all times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ksprings More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JGRWriter More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.