Review: "The Next Together" (The Next Together #1) by Lauren James

The Next Together by Lauren James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

A powerful and epic debut novel about fate and the timelessness of first love. Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again. Each time their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated. 

How many times can you lose the person you love? For Matthew and Katherine it is again and again, over and over, century after century. But why do they keep coming back? How many times must they die to save the world? 

What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace? Maybe the next together will be different…



 I become lovesick every time a book this kind falls in my hands. Love across time and space, souls and incarnations with a hint of mystery in it, creates a perfect blend of a story!

"The next together" begins in the middle of 18th century when Katherine and Matthew meet for the first time into the Jacobite war. I did have a quick reminder of Jamie Fraser from the Outlander here but the point was that they defied class and society in order to be together.

In a continuous plotline we move from 18th century to 1855-56 in Crimaic war where another reincarnations of the same characters meet and then we move forward to 21th century where the last two reincarnations are closely connected to each other.

Except from the historical references which also were quite accurate, I loved how the author connected Matthew's and Katherine's lives through a twist I didn't quite expect. It left me astonished in a good way but with a small question mark about the future.

Maybe that is the love about this book; you reach the end and you can imagine what will happen in the future. The use of documents, letters, notes and computer searches also apply in the book which add a more material detail to the story.

This book is a true gem and you must read it since it is something that all the readers can enjoy!

About the author:

Lauren James graduated in 2014 with a first class Masters degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. She now lives in the village of Berkswell in the UK.

You can find her on Twitter at @Lauren_E_James, which she mainly uses to fancast actors as her characters and take pictures of her dogs, or her website at

She likes strong, intelligent women, Dylan O’Brien, and things with plants on them. These are her favourite books: