Orphaned by her mother and brushed off by her dad, fifteen year old Silvia Cotton had lived a lonely life That is untilwhen 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 woodTrue 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 10 magical stars!I'm going to start off by saying that I've never read a book that has inspired meIt's reminded me to cherish the ones I love, and never take them for granted It's reminded me to always believe in the magic of this world This book filled my heart with so much love and joy, that by the end I didn't know what to do with myself cause I missed Silvia, Ollie, and Alex so much.This book is a love story Not just between two people It a love story about 4 people, who I truly believe are soulmates, together, in the purest way possible.This story begins in the beginning Two 15 year olds, Silvia and Ollie, meet and basically fall in love at first sight It was a pure true love that they never gave up on, no matter what anyone said or thought Ollie has a twin named Alex, and they are basically one soul walking around on 4 legs They are each others best friend, and adding Silvia to the mix as Ollie's love, didn't lessen their bond, because Alex loves Silvia just as much but in a different way He sees her as his best friend,than a sister They go on with their lives, each of them overcoming the obstacles that life throws at them, but Ollie and Silvia stick together no matter what They lean on one another, never forgetting what they have in each other Alex also goes through heartache, but has Silvia and Ollie to turn to,and eventually, Lucy is also added to the mix (Silvia's sister).This book shows what REAL, TRUE love is This book takes us on a journey through Ollie and Silvia's life, through the growing of their family, through old age It was simply such a beautiful story I laughed so hard at times that my stomach ached The banter between these characters so hilarious at times, and it was so easy to fall in love with the twins At one point I was crying cause I didn't want this story to end It was that good This story isn't about angst, or jealousy, or any of that messy stuff that tends to ruin relationships and ruin trust with one another This book was so PURE At one point, Alex admitted to being in love with Silvia, but not in a lustful way Ollie knew it, and simply accepted it for what it was, and never fought against it In fact, towards the end, Lucy admitted that Ollie and her went on dates because Ollie insisted he had to fall in love with her, the way that Alex loved Silvia He explained that he knew Silvia was the right one for him BECAUSE Alex loved her so, because he could never marry someone that wasn't good enough for Alex That was how close of a bond they shared I know this may seem strangeit seems like Ollie and Alex shared Silvia.but that's not right Ollie had her completely, her heart belonged to him Their was just an acceptance of the bond that Alex and Silvia shared, which was very pure and close to a brother and sister kind of lovebut so muchWhen Lucy was finally added to the trio, it was like this small group of soul matesthat would always be there for each other and love each other so completely By the end of the book, I wanted to go and have a slew of children just so I could experience the house full of love like this couple of couples had.This book such an amazing experienceI've never read anything like it It was longvery longbut I found myself so enchanted with the story, with the world of faeries, and magicI didn't want it to end.I rated it 10 stars because it simply was that amazing You will get to attached to the characters, youll not want to stop reading.This is probably the best book I've read this year so far. Well, I just finished the last book I will ever read for 2012 and what a way to end the year I'm a bit at a loss of words of what to say with this book, as it's incredibly touching and moving I have always loved tales of coming of age and reliving past life lessons and love, but this one was a keeper This book is a love story that will have you at times smiling and holding your sides from laughter, but don't be fooledhave the tissues ready It's a tear jerker (but in a total good way) So do yourself a favor, read the book and go for a ride, because you will love the characters and story. This was one of those stories that come into your life for a short time, but leave a profound effect on your soul Melodie Ramone's AFTER FOREVER ENDS traces the lives of four young people from their early days at Benington, a private school, where they fight for love and honour It is about their rites of passage to university, marriage and parenthood The story then accelerates, much as life seems to, and takes us to some extraordinarily moving chapters as the quartet move into old age It is without doubt the most emotionally evocative book I have read in many a year, possibly ever I grew to love Silvia and her sister, Lucy, and the twins they marry, Oliver and Alexander Their lives felt real to me and came to matter to me, as did those of their children and friends The story is almost a model for a good life lived well and to the full Most of us will recognise aspects of our own lives in AFTER FOREVER ENDS Some of us may learn essential insights from the story It may help us to make sense of our own unsolved issues.There is one pivotal scene about two thirds of the way through the book when Silvia and Lucy throw a napkin back and forth at each other during a row, as Lucy shows Silvia just how things were regarding their father, with whom Silvia has had a difficult relationship I found this profoundly moving as things were not easy between myself and my own father I am sure others with find things in this road map for a life lived well that may have meaning for their lives The story and the characters in it are V for Vigorous Nothing bothers mein this world than a person who behaves as a sheep and not as a dragon, says the elderly Sil in the absorbing first chapter My problem is that I am homesick, she says, setting the scene for what is to follow, I miss my little house in Wales.I was hooked by the notion of an old woman remembering and craving to get back to what she loved, as this is something that many of us may feel as we age, esp if our lives have been well lived So, too, Silvia's hankering after a special place is common to many of us Indeed, AFTER FOREVER ENDS is definitively a story of place and belonging In these times of shift and impermanance, it shows strongly how spiritually sustaining a sense of place and belonging is There is a great lesson here for us all So, too, many will find lessons in the way Silvia, a feisty and intelligent woman, surrenders her career to the cause of her and her brotherinlaw's 'muffins' No story better portrays the absolute joy of motherhood than this one It is not about gender politics and power It is about timeless human instincts and, this is the word: joy the joy of motherhood Some wld make intellectual counterarguments, but AFTER FOREVER ENDS is not about the intellect, though it is an intelligent book It is about fundamental emotions and instincts I sympathise with the book on this count because such emotions and instincs are our roots and we are lessened as human beings if we ignore or deny them.Another feature running discretely through the story is a gentle feyness The story is about trees, winds, the Welsh countryside But it is also about deeper spirits which whom the characters commune These spirits of the woods have a pagan feel to them, are entirely benign, and seem to link the lives of the characters to ancient times This quote from one of the fey captures the essence of the story, They (humans) share a magic with us called love It's a strong magic, it comes from deep within the source of all creation Because it is so strong within him he takes it with him when he crosses through the veil.Wales, where the story is set, is an ancient land, a bastion of ancient peoples And Welsh is, I believe, the oldest living language in Europe Yes, there is a magic in all this.Back to practical matters, the author has resisted the temptation to split her story into two or three smaller books I applaud this as there is a unity to the story as it is presented which wld otherwise be lost And I for one hate stories that have false endings clearly designed to lead into the next marketing opportunity, ach, sorry, sequel.There are at least a dozen emotional peaks in the story, moments of absolutely powerful emotional intensity This story is not a genre thriller, far from it, the lives are very recongnisable, but it is emotionally thrilling because all the emotional peaks are things that will happen to most of us AFTER FOREVER ENDS condenses the whole of family life, the most emotional parts into one story The impact is totally overwhelming at times It will trigger recollections, hopes, and fears It is also a beautiful story because the joy the characters share feels tangible I loved reading about their happiness as this made me feel happy and hopeful I was intensely saddened at times also, but such is life I read with mist in my eyes, esp the last third of the story.That said, this is not a sad story The concluding chapter is. Well, I will let you find out for yourself I think someone in their earlytomid twenties might love this book because they may take much from it because they will still be learning life And I believe older people will enjoy it also because they may enjoy pointers of how to age well, how to make sense of their own nostalgic hankerings They may also enjoy the memories the story is bound to trigger in them Oh and middleaged women esp may enjoy the vivid birthing scences as they are absolutely sure to make them remember their own experiences And, erm, there are a couple of phwoarrr bonks in it, too I esp enjoyed the way the twins Oliver and Alexander were drawn: the stuff young girls dream of They really did feel like two halves I found the wonderful and terrible Alexander an absolutely fascinating study I sometimes wished I had been like him, had his vigour There is a Shakespearean feel to the twins.But we men are just the spear carriers in this story It is the women and esp Silvia who is at the core of this story of Love, Life and Death Here is what the new mum has to say of her firstborn: She was our perfect combination, our little chocolate dipped cherry muffin and laughing at her parents I cld see my own kids laughing at their parents and that laugher is one of the happiest sounds their is and you will hear ringing from the the pages of AFTER FOREVER ENDS. Thank you, Melodie Ramone, for NOT chopping up After Forever Ends and selling it in sequels, for it is most beautiful the way it is—a complete whole—love from adolescence to old age, love given freely and completely and returned in kind No need for politics or religion, unless you count the faeries in the Welsh wood, which I do since I believe it was God speaking with Oliver and Silvia through the elves What a unique and wonderful life to love one identical twin as a husband and the second as a brother, despite the tragic events along the way And to raise three beautiful children, isolated from the world really, where one could run naked through the garden, if one so desired You have written a beautiful story, Melodie Ramone, and as we all know, BEAUTY will save the world. In her debut novel, Melodie Ramone reaches out to readers and invites them to a lovely place in her heart Her passion as a writer is reflected in this uplifting tale that begins with teenagers Sylvia, Oliver, and Alexander, and stretches into the golden years The experiences that come with raising a family and having lifelong friendships run the gamut of emotions in the story, and inthan one instance, I found myself thinking, “I can relate to that!” Melodie Ramone’s writing style is candid, her characters are endearing, and her storyline is exceptional After Forever Ends will stay with me for a long time I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be taken to a special place. 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 inbetween 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 . I have once heard of a quotation saying that while ordinary people live only once, a reader lives many a lifetimes I never really grasped the true meaning of this statement before this book After reading it I feel like I have lived an entire lifetime I have lived, laughed, loved and cried along with the characters in this book that felt so real that I actually miss them now The author writes the book in first person as Silvia a very engaging and interesting protagonist This is her story her life, her love, her fears and her aspirations but even if it is her story the one that shines through it all is Oliver the love of her life The thread that binds the story together is the pure and true love that they feel for each other It is very rarely that you come across books of this quality that is able to convey the message without being preachy That makes you question, after all what is enough to make life worth living When Silvia first met Oliver she was a 15 year old girl without a mother and with an absentee father, A loner and a top grade student but everything changes for Silvia when she meets Oliver and his twin brother Alexander Falling in love with Oliver and striking a friendship with Alexander Silvia changes from the lonely girl to a girl who is well loved and loves fiercely in return She is accepted by a family who adores her and friends who would die for her She gets married to Oliver and moves to a cottage in the middle of the woods with faeries watching over them and magic in the winds As time goes Silvia becomes a wife, a mother, a friend, a sister, a grandmother and most of all a true companion to Oliver She faces her own challenges and answers her own questions and finally finds the true happiness that only a very few are granted.It would be an understatement to say that I liked this book because I absolutley adored it I loved everything about it The characters, the subtle use of magic and the writing style This book just shows that you don't need sequels and spinoffs to make a book memorable You just need a simple story and the ability to spin it into a magical and entertaining tale Silvia the main protogonist was engaging as I have already mentioned It is very difficult for me to view her as a separate character as the narration is in first person and all the while I was reading this book her feelings and her thoughts felt like my feelings and thoughts I truly did have an identity crisis during this time the worst being me going to the kitchen and waiting for Oliver to come only to realize that I am not Silvia and Oliver is just a character No other book has ever made me feel that way Oliver, Silivia's love interest is the one who dominates the book He is there in everything she does, every decision she makes and every statement she says The love she has for him is pure and unadultrated But theirs is not a selfish love they have enough love to share with everyone and make everyone happy I especially loved the parts were Silvia and Oliver lays down every new baby they have in between them and promises to love them to bits This book really made me think with each and every decision Silvia made I kept questioning whether life is really that simple? Whether everything gets less complicated if you have the right people waiting for you and just laugh when things get too rough The author did give us a very uplifting message here and the simple way in which she conveys this is evenenchanting The characters of Alexander and Lucy are also praise worthy but I was so preoccpied with Silvia and Oliver that I was not able to give them the attention they deserve I admit that towards the end she did have me tearing up but the end However some parts of it was a bit inconsistant mainly the whole story telling part The book began with Silvia narrating her life story to her granddaughter Kitty but then the book moves forward and there is a mention of Kitty in between but towards the end there is no mention of Kitty instead the story just continues This was a bit of let down because I was really looking forward to Kitty's reaction in the end Other than that this book is pure magic and should not be missed at any cost. “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 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 wellwritten 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! Butthan 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? :DI 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 outandout 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..Butthan 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.* How I enjoyed this book called After Forever Ends by Melodie Ramone This is a story of love and life as we go through the days of Sylvia, Oliver and Alexander All the ups and downs of their journey bring you back to your courtship days and family ties Family comes to mind, with love and hate, laughter and tears You can’t help but go back in time to when you courted your mate and when you had your first child You put your feet in their shoes feeling everything they went through I love this quote out of the book: We were young Love had a way of making us fearless because we knew that no matter what happened, if we fell on our face as we entered the ring or conquered the world in battle, in the end it would just be us, together I love this quote from the book also: Some people you meet and they’re your friend for a day Some you meet and you never really know at all And then there are those who get caught inside your soul and stay there forever.I love this quote from the book also: Death feels cold to the living, but to those he is receiving, he has gentle hands, because of the magic of Love, when Death comes for you Isn’t that the way it is You start with your mate, have children and in the end it is just the two of you again until it is time for death Read this book and enjoy the roller coaster of life these three went through Than after you have laughed and cried, make your own story Thank you Melodie Ramone for this lovely book Oh by the way don’t forget your box of Kleenex.