The Last Beginning

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Walker Books

Book 2 of The Next Together Series

Age 12+

Science Fiction Romance & Relationships Stories

A mystery to be solved in the past. A love to be uncovered in the future. The thrilling follow-up to The Next Together.

The epic conclusion to Lauren James’ debut The Next Together about true love and reincarnation. Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives… But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove's investigation? For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future.


Lauren James was born in 1992, and graduated from the University of Nottingham, UK, in 2014, where she studied chemistry and physics. Her first novel, The Next Together, a YA reincarnation romance, has been translated into five languages worldwide. It was also longlisted for the Branford Boase Award, a prize given to recognize an outstanding novel by a first-time writer. Lauren is also an Arts Council grant recipient. She lives in the West Midlands. You can find her on Twitter at @Lauren_E_James or her website


So why should you add this to your TBR? Because (1) it has time travel, (2) it incorporates history, and (3) it has a brilliant main protagonist who will definitely find a place in your bookworm heart! 4 stars

21st Century Once Upon a Times

If you’re looking for a pretty unique story that involves travelling through time and learning the consequences of your actions then I’d say give this series a go.

Books for a Delicate Eternity

Overall, I loved reading The Last Beginning. It’s different, intriguing and enjoyable.

Angel Reads

A complex story that’s almost as compelling as its prequel.

Reading Time

I would really recommend this series if you’re in YA – it’s well written, with nice touches, and interesting ideas – like all that time travel and how love connects two people.

Emma Etc

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