I wish it didn’t have to be this way. I willed the thought to fly to you, so you’d know how hard it was to leave you behind. That was the night I lost you, and gained myself.
Born in a honeysuckle-choked garden deep in the forest, Aphrodite – young, sensitive and beautiful – learns her true purpose in the world moments before she’s cast out of the only home she’s ever known.
Haunted by loneliness, she begins a journey to fulfill her destiny. It is a path that will lead her into the arms of four very different men – a dreamer, a fighter, an artist and a lost soul. All human, all flawed and all on their own journeys of painful self-discovery.
But could it be the secrets she left behind – and the one person she thought she had lost forever – that hold the answers to the questions she’s seeking? For while life may take you unexpected places, truth will bring you home…
This is not a kind of book I would normally read but somehow the cover fascinated me. When a cover captures my attention, it means 9 out of 10 times, that I will like the story as well.
This book is filled with feelings and the author has a very special way to describe them. It’s like you can also feel what the main character is experiencing.
It’s true that people will fall in love more than once before they find their one. And although each and every one of those love stories will be different, they are all very real.
If I have to pick one person I could have fallen for too, it would definitely be ‘the fighter’. It was the longest chapter in the book and in my opinion the most beautiful and emotional one. You might need to keep a few tissues at hand.
There is a lot of love in this book, but love is not only about happiness. Love make you sad but every love affair has made you a bit richer too. 4 stars.
Thank you, Rose James and Bookouture.
About the author
Rose James’ debut novel, The Beginning and End of Us was shortlisted in the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition in 2014, and after a lot of rewriting and personal ups and downs, she’s delighted that it’s being published through Bookouture.
Rose has been addicted to reading and writing for almost as long as she can remember, and she’s currently working towards a Creative Writing MA (distance learning) with Lancaster University.
Among her other favourite things to do are travelling, making connections with fascinating people, and playing and writing music, all of which she thinks translate into her writing. Living in gorgeous Shropshire, she’s endlessly inspired by the beautiful landscape and historical architecture, which makes it very easy to daydream – perhaps too easy!
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