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Another Beginning

(The Next Together #2.5)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  23 reviews
A short story set in the world of Lauren James’ Next Together series.

Featuring the much-loved protagonists Clove and Ella, Another Beginning is a companion story to The Last Beginning, set during the siege of Carlisle in 1745.

“Elenore Walker, ancient literature thief. It makes an odd sort of sense, actually,” Clove said.

Clove is working as a maid in the Finchley household
Kindle Edition, 55 pages
Published July 29th 2017 by Walker (first published July 27th 2017)
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Lauren James
Jul 21, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
So who would like to see more of Clove and Ella? What about Clove and Ella pulling off a heist? And revealing why Ella was really in Carlisle? THEN I’VE GOT SOME GOOD NEWS 4 U BUDDIES.

I’m releasing a free novella next Saturday, which includes not just one but ALL OF THOSE THINGS.

Kate and Matt got their own short story in Another Together, so I had to give Clove and Ella one too!

Here’s the deets:

Another Beginning by Lauren James, publishing Saturday 29 July on Kindle/Nook/iTunes &c
A short story s
I want mooooore! I always want more. I love Clove and Ella - they make my heart endlessly happy!

This was a good read, a really good read - I need more though! I need more of their adventures, of their determination, of their intelligence... I love everything about their characters. They're brilliant with each other and their adventures are some of my favourite things. I can't get enough of these two cutie pies!!
It was nice to get a bit more of Clove and Ella together, but this story is inconsistent with The Last Beginning. (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A quick little read to get me back into this universe! I’ve had it since it released so I can’t believe I hadn’t read it yet.

May 07, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2022, e-book
A short story featuring Clove and Ella in 1745 Carlisle.
J. Peters
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a bit of a disappointment. I really enjoyed The Last Beginning, even though it's time travel logic was a bit askew (I mean, getting that right is asking too much of anyone, really. It gets super complicated fast.)

But this was just too short, and lacked substance. It's a short heist that doesn't feel as though it fits into the timeline established by the previous book. I feel like Clove would've detailed this adventure in some way in the previous book, given what they go through to get i
Lisa Reynolds
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another Beginning (2017) by Lauren James is a lovely little short read which gives readers a glimpse into the lives of the characters in the author’s The Next Together series.

The short tale tells the story of the main characters Clove and Ella who are in love but have yet to tell each other this information. I have to say my only flaw with this book was that it was too short and I wanted to read more which isn’t really a flaw. As I mentioned above this is a story that gives a taste into a longer
Reuben Thomas
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just like Another Together, you don't need to read this novella to enjoy the series, and equally you don't need to read the full length books to enjoy this story, but definitely the optimum way to enjoy the world of The Next Together is to read everything you can get your hands on. Again, it's a really quick read, and it's free on Kindle, so you've got nothing to lose by picking it up!
This story is set in Clove and Ella's stay in 1745, and centres on them pulling off a heist at Carlisle Castle t
Maia Moore
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Original review posted here

I do love Clove and Ella, so it was great to have a short story for the two of them. It just made me want to read The Last Beginning all over again!

The two are adorable together, as ever, and also up to mischief again. They’re definitely my favourite time-travelling queer couple and I think everyone should read The Last Beginning if you haven’t already.

This is a very quick read, just a short story that gives you another snippet of the two together, this time stealing a
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ella and Clove are probably the most exciting and adventurous pair of time travellers you'll ever meet. it's always non-stop for them, and Ella always lands herself and Clove in trouble.
even though this is a short story, it made me want to read even more about Clove and Ella (I want to know what they get up to in ancient Egypt!)
Another beginning is a really fun, little escape and you end up wishing you could time travel.
(P.S if this is your first introduction to Clove and Ella, you should defini
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was just kind of meh. It wasn't necessary at all and was a bit inconsistent with the events that happened The Next Together. It honestly felt like an extra little snippet between two characters that the author wrote after the series was already done. Either because she wanted to or because the fans wanted it. Which I would've been fine with except I hated Ella so I had no interest in this at all. I don't even know why I bothered with it. ...more
this has nothing to do or add to the actual duology.
i even think that it does not really fit in the timeline that is in „the last beginning“
it wasn’t q bad story though. just not necessary or kn my option overly fitting to the actual books?
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
An insight

Another insight into James’ series. If you like the series you will enjoy this.

The first chapter to the Loneliest Girl in the Universe is included. A novel I enjoyed.

Three stars
Ria Price
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it :)

I loved this little snippet of Clove and Ella's time in 1745, it was lovely to read about them again :)
3.5 stars
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, short-story
This was an interesting and entertaining fictional short story that intrigued me while I was patiently waiting for an appointment.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another awesome short story :) Love Clove and Ella so much!
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Clove and Ella are adorable as always 🙂
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Nog een mooi verhaal over Clove en Ella. Misschien een start voor een vervolg...
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I wish I liked Lauren James' writing 😢 ...more
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
enjoyed this
May 17, 2021 rated it liked it
cute additional short story that you can grab for free! it includes another adventure about a queer couple/ protagonists that are introduced in book 2
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Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and The Quiet at the End of the World. She is also a Creative Writing lecturer, freelance editor and sc

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“Pick your battles," she muttered in her ear.
"I am! I'm picking this one! I'm picking all of them!”
“I cannot believe you formed this plan," Clove said. "No one else would think of this but you."
"That's true; I am very clever!" Ella wriggled next to Clove, peering.
"That is the opposite of what I meant."
Ella sighed. "Clove, please recognize the negative energy you are bringing into this space."
Ella shushed her. "I do everything for a reason. Just because you do not know that reason, does not make it silly."
"Sometimes the reason is that you make bad choices," Clove muttered.”
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