This one’s quite a different sort of book. I’d typify it as a ‘what if’ sort of tale about the ‘life’ of Aphrodite, who’s appointed as the Keeper of Love, and sent out into the world … this, after she thought she had already found her true love: her best friend, who she was then never to see again, having not even had the chance to say goodbye! She’s devastated, but realises that she has been assigned a higher purpose.
This is a whimsical tale of love; the different types of love, and what happens when we think we’ve found ‘the One’, only to discover that we might possibly be wrong and that there may be other options out there. The story takes you on Aphrodite’s journey to various places and will have you exploring your own soul and the loves and losses you’ve experienced along the way.
Ms James’s writing is quite poetic in places and it flows nicely, with perfect pace. I adored Aphrodite. Her innocence and naiveté are so refreshing and make you wish for a time when things were so much simpler and uncomplicated.
I’d describe this as a modern-day fairy-tale of sorts. Somewhere in the realm of fantasy, where we sometimes wish we could live (well, ok, maybe not all of us wish that, but sometimes I do!) It would be nice at times to just drift off and live in a fairytale world, and this seems like a shimmery sort of in-between place – I really enjoyed that aspect of the book.
4 stars for this one. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who like to indulge in a bit of fairydust and glitter, it’s perfect!
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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