Wednesday, 21 October 2015


TITLE: The Next Together
AUTHOR:  Lauren James
PUBLISHER:  Walker Books
RATING:  5/5
SOURCE: Sent by publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
RELEASE DATE:  3rd September 2015


Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different...

'The Next Together,' is a fast paced, unique and quite a stunning novel, that I have never ever seen before. Lauren James is an absolute genius, and a very skilled and talented writer.

Matthew and Kate always meet in completely different time periods- once they are young married scientists, trying to uncover a biological weapon, a young wealthy woman with a servant, a war reporter and his assistant, or two young university students desperate to clear their families names.

But each time, Matthew and Kate have to get past obstacles to be together, as in each time period they are always drawn towards each other- with a force that can't be stopped. But when will be the time they can be left to themselves: what exactly keeps bringing them back?

James really did pull off this novel in style; as it really does take a very powerful writer to set each scene in each time period: and still make it all flow easily and continuously. I instantly warmed to both of the protagonists personalities, making them come alive- which is such a special experience for a reader.

With beautiful, heart-rending writing, perfectly formed characters that you can't help but root for, and a skilfully woven plot- 'The Next Together', deserves way more than five stars. A definite winter read to curl up with: and will leave a mark on each reader that will last for a very long time. 


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