One Day Soon (One Day Soon #1) by A. Meredith Walters
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult
Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: He found me in blood and tears. I stayed with him through darkness and fire. We loved each other in the moment between innocence and bitter truth. We were the kids easily ignored, who grew into adults we hardly knew. We weren’t meant to last forever. And we didn’t. He ran away. I tried to move on.
Yet I never stopped thinking about the boy who had fought to keep me alive in a world that would have swallowed me whole. He was the past that I buried, but never forgot. Until the day I found him again, years after believing I had lost him forever. And in cold, resentful eyes, I saw the heart of the man who had been everything when I had nothing at all. So I vowed to hold onto the second chance that was stolen from the children we had been. Sometimes fate is ugly. Life can be twisted. And who we are can be ruined by who we once were. For two people who had survived so much, we would have to learn how to hold on before we were forced to let go.
I picked up a copy of these on my Kindle app on a whim, because it was only like $3. And I felt like reading a romance story on Friday so I started it. I was immediately hooked by the characters and story. It’s not a 5-star read to me, but I still really loved it.
Look at the first two sentences. They seem so dramatic, but actually describe this story perfectly. “He found me in blood and tears. I stayed with him through darkness and fire”.
First of all, I’m glad I read this because I don’t think I’ve every read a book about people in this situation. I don’t know whether I should mention what that situation is, but the synopsis doesn’t, so I probably shouldn’t either… Anyway, what these two characters experience is both so common, yet uncommon. It’s common because it happens to so many people around the world. Yet it’s uncommon because I have never read a book about people in their situation, especially not a contemporary one. Life is hard for these people. And I felt for them. I just wanted to rescue everyone!
I found this story really captivating. It switches with every other chapter from the present, to 15 years ago. So I estimate the characters to be around 30 in the present time, and the female protagonist was 15 in the past scenario. So while you get to know the characters in the present time, you’re discovering more of their past. Sometimes, this can draw me out of the story but that luckily wasn’t the case here. In fact, it made me even more attached to these characters, and even more invested in a possible happy ending.
I have to admit that at one point, I tried to guess where it all went wrong 15 years ago, and was mistaken.
Okay, the female protagonist in this story is Imogen -or Imi to friends. I really enjoyed reading about her. She’s very strong, and not just because of what she went through 15 years ago. I think it’s amazing to see how she turned her life around, and managed to achieve so much -starting from so little. She graduated college, has a nice apartment and a job as a social worker at a hospital. She loves her job, and lives for it. She was married, now divorced. I haven’t read that many new adult books lately in which the main characters are already settled in a job and life, and have already figured out what they want from life. I found it really refreshing and interesting!
The male protagonist is called Yossarian -or Yoss, which he prefers. He captured my heart. This man seems so precious. And I felt for him SO MUCH. Why does bad shit always happen to good people, right? He’s definitely a survivor. And although he’s been through so much, he still is the kindest person to those he considers friends/family. Let’s be real, he’s had a rough life. An incredible rough one. Yet he still has capacity for kindness and love. What I don’t like about him is that he took some decisions thinking it was for the better, for everyone. I don’t like it when people do that, because it takes the power of choice away from others.
If you like romance novels, I’d highly recommend this. I don’t really think it’s all that new adult because it doesn’t really mention sex often. And half of the story is YA if you think about it, because at that point the main characters were 15 & 18. I’d especially recommend this because of their “common situation” I mentioned above. It’s important we read books about these issues, in my opinion!