What can the fear of losing the ones we love push us to do? In Chrissie s case, it has pushed her to distance herself from Allan, the man she loves more than anything else in the world. She knows he will not marry her, that they don t have a future together. But why does out of sight not mean out of mind ?
The wall that Chrissie has built around herself becomes a prison. As she fights for survival in the cold world she has created, she gets an unexpected letter from Allan. This letter changes her life forever.
“Hafsa Idrees tells an extraordinary story that will make you think about life, death, love and faith like nothing before. The Beginning after the End is a book with a big big heart and a deep deep soul. You don t enter its world – it enters yours.”
Roy Eynhallow, EynhallowBooks.com
This contemporary love story has 162 printed pages.
The Beginning after the End is the debut novel by Hafsa Idrees. A young writer of contemporary literary fiction, she explores the woman’s inner world and shows a path of transformation from selfish to selfless love.
What readers say…
Pat McDonald: …This book was probably one of the most thought provoking books I have read in a long time. It is the first written by the young Author Hafsa Idrees, and reveals a level of maturity that is exceptional for her age. It is a love story, yet describes a pure love between friends that is quite enchanting….
Mr. C. A. Meade …Hafsa Idrees shows a real understanding of the secrets of the human heart and this comes out beautifully throughout this excellent book. I have no hesitation in recommending it to all readers of good literature or in giving it five stars…
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Enjoy this short excerpt from the novel
Allan, I whispered. You are the man of your words.
A brief moment of silence and I spoke again.
I would come here every day to check up on you. Don t make me miss you much, okay? It s terrible! I was talking to the bulging mud like a four-year- old kid.
You don t have to come here every day. I live right in your heart, my heart told me.
I will miss your face, Eal!
I closed my eyes and I could see him smiling.
This way, my heart spoke again, whenever you feel alone or miss me, just look at the spaces between your fingers. Remember that in these spaces, you can always see my fingers locked with yours forever.
Eal! You are making me cry, I whispered, smiling through my tears.
No! You are strong. I have faith in this. Don t disappoint me, said the quiet voice.
I placed both my hands on my heart and closed my eyes. With a sore tear I said:
No I won t. I won t, ever!
I opened my eyes and got up, waved and whispered: I love you. Miss me!
I turned and started walking towards the road.
My heart was very heavy. I was sniffing again and again, trying not to let the tears seep through the eyelids.
You were my bestest buddy, a close friend, my baby. I just want you to know that behind you there will always be me.
I was nodding and a voice from my heart was quietly telling me:
You offered me something which I couldn t ever buy – your precious pure love!