Some people say the third time's the charm. Can Edward and Bella find their way back to each other or does fate have other plans? AH, OOC
I don’t know if all you readers of this blog realize that I tend to spend a lot of time on Twitter. I talk about fics, get rec’s that I add to my TBR list (to be read list if you didn’t know what that was). I also talk about real books I’m reading (The Husband by James Patterson is the one right now), complain about my boss, muse about the children in my class and in my home, and drool over lovely pics of Kellan Lutz, Rob Pattinson and Jackson Rathbone. And along the way I’ve managed to meet some pretty amazing ladies. Some of these ladies are just plain ole readers, like I am. But there are some that do what I could never do….write a fic. Sure, I write this blog column every couple of weeks. And sure, I can write an amazing thesis paper. I can even write a persuasive piece that would get you to forgive your mother-in-law for ever giving birth to your husband. But fic? Nope. Not creative enough for that. So, I’m thankful that I’ve met ladies that can do that. And the story I’m reviewing this week, Endings & Beginnings is by 2 of those wonderful ladies that I’ve met on Twitter.
This story starts off with a huge bang. I mean, what else could you expect when the first line is “Mmmm...Edward”? Yep, Edward and Bella are getting busy right off. But here’s the kicker…they shouldn’t be getting busy. Yes, you read that right. Bella is married to Jake. Stop all that booing and hissing out there. Bella and Jake are married, but not happily, and she’s gone to her friend Edward, who just happens to be her ex-boyfriend and her first everything, to get some perspective on her marriage. Edward and Bella were together in high school and they broke up when he went to college; time and life got in the way of them getting back together in a romantic way, though they’ve reconnected on a friendly level. Edward and Jake have even become friends. But on this night, Bella and Edward have taken a step that they should feel bad about; but they don’t. They realize that what they felt for each other never went away. They realize that they want to be together again and that they’ll face telling everyone about them together.
As they’re making this decision, something horrible happens-Charlie is shot. Edward brings Bella home to Forks, and Jake. Edward is distraught that it’s not his arms that are around Bella giving her comfort. As he listens in on a conversation between Jake and Bella, he misinterprets it and leaves her, all the while thinking that she and Jake were getting back together, when that wasn’t what was being said (what was being said? I haven't got a clue, but it wasn't what Edward thought). Edward moves to Chicago to finish his residency, ignoring all of Bella’s calls. I was so mad at him I wanted to reach through the screen and beat him for being stupid!
Flash forward seven years. Yes, seven years. Edward has moved back to Seattle with his daughter and runs into Bella at the opening of Jasper’s bar. Edward wants to know where Jake is cause Bella is dancing with a man that definitely isn’t Jake. At first, Bella “plays it cool” as Alice told her to do. And I was SOOOO proud of her for that! She eventually tells Edward that Jake has died several years before. Bella tells Edward that she just can’t deal with him right now. Bella has a lot going on…she’s got a great career as a principal and a daughter of her own to take care of and she’s just not sure if she can open herself up to the heartbreak that always comes along with Edward.
This is full of angst at the beginning, and I LOVE it! I spent several chapters literally screaming at my computer screen. Will Bella ever forgive Edward for leaving her for a second time? Will Bella make Edward grovel? Will they get back together? Will their children get along? Why don’t you read this with me and we can find out together.
Catch ya next time, with some more Cullen Lovin’.