Storyline Rating : 5/5 stars
Brief Summary from Goodreads :
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 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 wood.
True 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.
My Point of View :
I can’t believe I finished the book at long last. It’s a little too long for my liking but the story is still amazing nonetheless. The story revolves around Silvia, Oliver and Alexander and the story is narrated by Silvia. There aren’t really anything special about the story besides a few mentions about magic and faeries. Its not paranormal kind of story, its just a contemporary story with a hint of magic.
It begins with the older Silvia telling Kitty, her favorite granddaughter, the story of her life and how she really came to believe magic. The story proceeds then, as to how Silvia met and falls in love with Oliver, how she came to be best friends with Alexander (Oliver’s twin brother), when Silvia got married, when she lost a child, when she gave birth….etc. Basically Silvia’s whole life….till the moment Oliver died.
I have truly never read a book where the characters grew old and actually died. Normally a series or a story would just end where they have kids and live happily ever after like nothing else will plague them but not this book. So it is refreshing that I get to experience what seems to be obstacles in every phase of Silvia’s, Oliver’s and Alexander’s life. That’s one of the parts I love about the book. I love the fact that Oliver’s and Silvia’s love last…..forever. Its kinda rare that a 15 year old teenagers’ romance lasts so many years. Its simply amazing.
Favorite Quote :
“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.”