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A different book for sure, which bespoke about the life and love Aphrodite, a supernatural being who was the Keeper of Love. This book was her journey where she believed each was her one true love.

A debut by author Rose James, I liked how the words were stringed in the book. They had a dreamy aura about them. I felt like I was being thrust into my teen years when love had taken more of a centerstage. Each love described, was rooted in the depths of a relationship and had a song linked to it.

Each chapter described a phase of her love, some made me get a lump in my throat, some made me smile at the innocence of it. And some just openly made me cry. Each chapter left me with a feeling of finding a gift at the same time a sense of desolation. I felt I was leaving a friend behind, someone whom I had got to know in the pages read.

Rose’s words had powerful imagery. There were anchored in reality but still had a surreal feeling of the supernatural. There was something about Aphrodite which felt larger than life. She moved me with her story, my heart which was a ball of ice, frozen solid, soon started melting, one page at a time till I rushed to the end to know would Love find her love in the Path which was forged from the beginning of her life at Heathfire to the end of her and him. A beginning of a new phase.

I could only sigh at the end of my read, with a smile on my face, I agreed that love was definitely the beginning and end of us.

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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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.

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…

An unputdownable, life-affirming epic, filled with ordinary yet extraordinary people, The Beginning and End of Us is a magical story in which you will recognise yourself, from the sweetness of a rain-drenched first kiss to the terrible pain when you realise it’s finally over.

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