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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  1,075 ratings  ·  202 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 564 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Gingersnap Press
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Melodie Ramone
Sep 17, 2014 Melodie Ramone rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Of course I gave it five stars! I wrote it! Hee! But it's not the stars that count as much as I put my soul into this book. So much of it is based upon my own life. Based upon people I've known, places I've been, and things I have experienced in my own time. If I had to break it down, 90% of this book is true. Many of the conversations involved actually occurred, almost word for word as I recall them. Names are changed, places are switched, but I dug deep into my own life and pulled from way dow ...more
Isabel (Sab The Book Eater)
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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,
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 w
Tanya Lea
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 fooled...have the tissues ready. It's a tear jerker (but in a total good way). So ...more
R.J. Askew
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 w
10+++++++ magical stars!

I'm going to start off by saying that I've never read a book that has inspired me more. It'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
Marie Fostino
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
Ken Brimhall

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
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 in more than one instance, I found myself thinking, “I can relate to that!” Melodie Ramone’s writing style is cand ...more
Janice Ross
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 expe ...more
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
Karla Brandenburg
This is a love story about Sil and Ollie. And Alex and Lucy. And all their kids and grandkids and their parents, too. But mostly, its about Sil and Ollie.

Silvia is a teenager, sent to boarding school by her grieving father. She is immediately taken in by a group of friends, including twins, Oliver and Alexander. The story takes you through their lives from the time Silvia first meets Oliver, the love of her life, to Oliver's last breath at age 85, and there isn't a dull moment all through it.

Wow wow wow..beautiful story, beautifully told. Melodie Ramone is truly a very talented author and I can't believe this is her first published book!
I have read so many books, but none have touched me as deeply as this one. I see myself reading it over and over again.
I have gone through so many emotions as I've read this book, nostalgia, sadness, happiness. I have cried and I have laughed. But I have mostly felt that life should be lived to the fullest. I too want to look back one day and have wo
Zoe Saadia
"After Forever Ends” is this sort of the stories that are fitting with no particular genre but just pull you into their world and wouldn’t let you go. They grab you most firmly and take you along on their journey regardless of your original intentions. That’s how I felt reading this book - taken into someone’s life, kindly and warmly, so that I felt completely at home, not a nosy outsider peeking into someone’s life but a part of it, invited to learn all I wished about those amazing, interesting ...more
Trish at Between My Lines
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, feis
Carey Heywood
Some books stay with you, long after you've finished them. For me, this is one of those books. I follow Melodie on Twitter and honestly bought the book because she is a doll. I also remember seeing a review on Amazon that had plucked out some quotes from the book. The quotes read like lyrics or poetry, they were absolutely beautiful. The story of Silvia Cotton pulled me right in, the contrast of her loneliness to the love and friendship she found in Oliver and Alexander. This beautiful book made ...more
Mar 12, 2013 Tamra rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: faves
Ahhhhh!!! This truly may be my favorite love story of all time. Dammit!! I miss Just Silvia Cotton and sweet Ollie already! I don't know that I have ever read a book that was this lengthy but it was sooo worth the investment! The typos bothered me...I won't lie...but somehow in the end I didn't even care (which is unheard of for me bc I am a grammar/typo freakazoid). Every character was perfect! Like totally perfect. I felt like they were a part of my own family and I miss them already! I sobbed ...more
This book made me realize how simple love is. I wish i can find an oliver or even an alexander in my life. Will read it again if i'm sad or even if i'm happy. it celebrates love, life, family and friends. Made me cry throughout.
After Forever Ends is new favorite book of mine full of laughter, great characters and a wonderful story that flows smoothly from beginning to end. I loved this book especially Alexander. Who doesn't love the bad boy? But I want to go out into the world and find my Oliver now, too. I'm inspired that true love does exist and is not a fairy tale that no one can ever have. This book inspired me in a number of ways to see the world a little differently than I have. It makes you stop and look at your ...more
Christoph Fischer
“After Forever Ends” by Melodie Ramone is an absolutely charming and enchanting love story. Told by Silvia, an old widow it is the tale of her love to her husband Oliver, whom she meets at the age of 15 and whom she loves ever since.
Their wonderful, sweet, honest, romantic and deep love for each other crosses the paths of a few other significant people, not least Oliver’s twin brother Alexander and Silvia’s sister Lucy. This is the story of their life in Wales, their struggles and their ‘forever
After Forever Ends is one of those books that once you've read them, stay with you for a long time. And you'll go back, in time, to read a page or two here and there. Just because you don't want to forget what was that made you fall in love with the Dickinson brothers, the Cotton sisters and all the characters of a book that is very much like life is. Often beautiful, sometimes cruel but always, always magic.
Jenna Brooks

Melodie Ramone just cost me a night's sleep.

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 crumble
Vicka Liu
“Don’t ever forget to laugh, even when things are a mess. It’s the secret of it all.”

Such a beautiful story!! I was literally living inside the story when I read it. I don't want to go back to my real life.... Hehe.. The twins, oh Oliver and Alexander, they are inseparable.
Oliver's love for Silvia is just beyond words. Love indeed is the most powerful thing in the world! Reading this will put a smile on your face when you think about the story. It's also very true to real life, how we respond t
Amalie Jahn
It isn’t often that I gush over books in a teenage sort of way, but since the very first chapter, I’ve been telling every woman I know about how much I enjoyed reading it. It has been a long while since I’ve felt so thoroughly connected to a set of characters as I have been with Just Silvia Cotton and the Dickinson brothers. After Forever Ends traces the love story of two souls who share life’s journey in a way that is so authentic and powerful that it left me in tears and in stitches, often sim ...more
I love you, Silvia. I have always loved you. I loved you before forever began and I'll love you still after forever ends.

The story is one of those typical boy girl happily ever after stories. But yet, it is so much more. Like the Goodreads synopsis says, its simple but extraordinary. This story makes you want to laugh along, smile, be mad, and cry like there's no tomorrow. This is the story of Oliver and Silvia. They were fifteen, fell crazily in love with each other, eloped away and got marri
This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. Of course we all love books full of adventure and romance, but I have never been so enraptured by a story that simply told the story of someone's life. It was amazing to finally finish a book and not wonder what came next in the lives of the characters you fall so in love with. This book is the entire story of two people so in love, and I am so glad to finally finish a book without feeling like I deserved more. Everything you could ever w ...more
S. Conde
I genuinely enjoyed "After Forever Ends". Ms. Ramone spins an enchanting and highly emotional tale around the themes, of love, loss, family, and magic. The author writes of both the joyous, predestined love affair between Oliver and Silvia, and the heartbreaking losses they experience in a way only someone who has known love and loss intimately can. Honestly. ...of the faeries... Beautiful, and just enough. They set the magical tone of the story without becoming ridiculous. The characters of Sil ...more
Antoinette Ouellette
This book grabbed me and pulled me along It was like finding list lifelong friends and catching up ! The laughter at the twins antics kept me chuckling and every once in a while a stab of recognition..Yes thats how it feels! The mist important part was falling in love with the twins and Silvia they grabbed my heart and never let go! I shared all the joy and all the sorrow ..I Lived each moment ..what a wonderful ride ..What every Melodie writes after this I will be waiting in line ..a definite w ...more
Deepa Nair
I don't think I have laughed so much reading any book. Oliver's character is one of the BEST I have read until now....all the characters speak so different and u feel all of them through Silvia - it's truly amazing! It has so many breath taking moments - the one I would never forget is when they get to announce their marriage to their parents - I was in splits for a good 15' min...

One of the best reads ever!
This is an incredibly moving tale of family, friendship, magic, and a love that lasts longer than a lifetime. The
characters are so lovable, they simply pop off the pages and into your imagination with hardly any effort. If you enjoy stories that make you laugh and cry (sometimes at the same time), than you will love this book!

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