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Dearly Beloved, we have gathered here today to celebrate a fan favorite scene found within the pages of this book. While here, you will be provided the opportunity to enjoy heartfelt quotes, charming memes, and fascinating artwork. Are you curious about how the story came to be? Here on the secondary page of this book, you can learn about the behind-the-scenes insight into its creation and the journey that led to this moment. Lastly, before you go, explore the Easter Eggs and hidden truths found throughout the novel.
“You are the breath that sustains me, the heartbeat in my chest, and the warmth that protects me on a chilly night. When I speak of how I feel, it is your name that crosses my lips, for it is the embodiment of what I cherish most in my life.” – Oliver
A scene selected from the book.
The final scene involving the wedding vows is one of those beautiful moments that is the culmination of three books. Oliver and Mina have struggled to overcome their issues with romance and love in the past. The poem that Oliver reads is beautiful. The final words of Mina describing a fairy tale is heartwarming and a great way to end the novel.
The favorite moment of that scene is when Mina feels like Oliver is too far away, even if he is within arm's reach, standing there before her. She needs to feel him close and moves forward, hugging him tightly. That interaction represented just how dearly they care about each other.
“As human beings, we are flawed, every one of us, and that is why we need to connect with others, to find those missing pieces to make us whole.” – Alice
“The scars of your memories are etched upon your soul, but they do not define who you are.” – Alice
There were no plans for a sequel to Heart of Ice, let alone a trilogy. However, after Queen's Court, the author wanted to return to Oliver and Mina's relationship again to complete their story. Before writing the book, he knew the story would end with the wedding vows ceremony and that Mina would go off to Europe at one point. Sometimes small sparks of an idea lead to a novel being written.
This was the first book that the author used a three-act structure. In the case of this book, the main cast is introduced within the first 100 pages. Mina accepting her job that led to her life in Europe and being separate from Oliver was the focus of the second third of the novel. This allowed for Oliver's plight and his dealings with his mother to create tension that needed resolution. It also allowed for both Oliver and Mina to face their own personal obstacles without the other's strengths. The last third was focused on the reunited couple with the return of Mina, the proposal, preparing for the ceremony, and the wedding scene.
Originally, the novel was going to be just about Mina and Oliver, but it quickly revealed itself to be a mixture of a sequel to both Heart of Ice and their relationship as well as a follow up to Queen's Court to explore the relationship between Hoven and Alice. Fans of either couple can enjoy this book.
The author used a method of "who hasn't been in a scene together" approach. That's how Hoven and Mina ended up in a scene together or Mitch alone with Oliver. Mina and Oliver's mother at the end was unexpected but provided unique insight to the "villain" of the series. The revelation that revealed Oliver's mother to be a potentially sympathetic allowed the audience a new perspective.
“Not all lives lost to the darkness should forever be damned for the mistakes they have made in their past.” – Alice
Easter Eggs and Inspiration
The elder man who is doing the ceremony for the wedding has the exact same description given to the elder man from the novel: Tapestry of the Second Born. For those who have read that book, they know that the elder man in that novel is essentially God. Who better to fulfill the role of the wedding ceremony?
“You do realize the only reason I put up with you is that I’m mentally undressing you right now.” - Cara