I have decided I am going to have a post every month where I pick my favourite book from the previous month. And then at the end of the year, I’m going to pick my book of the year.
So without any further waffling, my Feb pick is After Forever Ends by Melodie Ramone. This was the review where I raved about it, I think it says it all!After Forever Ends by Melodie Ramone
Published by Gingersnap Press on 01 Oct 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance, YA
Source: Received from Author
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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.
Wow, what a read. If I was stranded on a desert island and could only bring 5 books, After Forever Ends would be on my list. I love it that much. I could say it’s a story about growing up, family, love and the circle of life but that doesn’t do justice to the magic contained within the pages.
It made me howl with laughter and later with tears and then with laughter again. The dialogue is as sharp as a knife and totally realistic as are all the characters. Sil, the main character, is strong, feisty, loveable and perfectly imperfect and I won’t forget her or the twins in a hurry. Set in a boarding school and later in a house in the woods, the locations are another huge plus for me.
In a way it reminded me of ‘Anne of Green Gables’ (with more colourful language and more action!), not that the story is any way similar just that book made me feel the same way after reading it. It makes me feel optimistic, reminds me of how beautiful nature is, how love is the only thing that really matters and to always look for the funny side to every situation. And it taught me that you have to feed the magic to see it work.
I know this is a book, I will read over and over again. To sum up, you need to go read this book for yourself, you can thank me later!