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Published by Self Published on February 18th 2016
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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.
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Book Review: 6+ stars
“One day soon” is the story of 16 year old Imogen and the three years older Yossarian. They make for a super-sweet teenager couple in love. Though the harsh reality of this statement is, that Imi has ran away from home and has been saved from an attack by the homeless Yoss. He takes care of Imi from then on out, gives her shelter, provides food as best as he can and sacrifices everything he has for his love. Both of them know that this arrangement can’t last forever and they hope for a future away from the streets – but definitely with each other. Until one rash decision costs them their happy life together…
WOW; WOW; WOW!!! I can’t put it any other way. This book was a definite a winner for me. It’s only February but I can already say that “One day soon” is one of the best books I’ll be reading this year! It’s THAT beautiful.
Like always in A. Meredith Walter’s books, there are tender subjects handled, that are mostly hushed to death by society. There are hardships like mental illness, bullying and Asperger’s in her former books – now, she can add the ugly reality of streetkid’s lives into her impressing listing of taboo-subjects. Me personally, I can only bow in awe for this amazing and courageous author for putting names to sore subjects – and doing that with the grace of a poet!
In “One day soon”, we have alternating chapters of the present and the past (from 15 years ago, when they were 16 and 19 years old). The telling, however, is only in Imi’s POV. Because of every second chapter being about teenagers – albeit very mature ones – I’d say it had a definite Young Adult-vibe to it. But let me tell you, I’m normally not a fan of Young Adult but in this case, it was perfect for the whole build-up of the book! It wasn’t filled to the brim with teenage stupidity, since the characters involved had to worry about completely other problems. There was descriptive sex, but only close to the ending and it wasn’t overly explicit. However, this book deals with a lot of issues that are very delicate, and although they are unfortunately the harsh and ugly reality for a lot of people in this world, you can’t really wrap your head around everything you’re reading in “One day soon”, if you havn’t lived through it personally. Suffice to say, that I was shocked to my core more than once. My heart literally hurt for the cruel curveballs live threw Imi’s and Yoss’s way. I can’t really tell you how much I cried and sat there with a hand clamped over my mouth to prevent myself from screaming my empathic pain for those beautiful souls out loud. But don’t worry, my broken heart has been mended in the best way possible…
Ultimately, “One day soon” is a mix of a second chance romance and a Young Adult-ish love story. The writing is awesome, like always with A. Meredith Walters. Despite all the harsh events in this book, the journey Walters takes us readers on is eye-opening and heartwarming at the same time. I loved the two main characters wholeheartedly and the secondary characters were amazing, too. I have no idea, how she did it, but Walters worked serious magic in a book, that should have shocked the ever-loving daylights out of me. “One day soon” is a standalone novel with a beautiful HEA.
Last but not least, something that is totally trivial – but I feel the need to mention it, cause it moved me so deeply… Sometimes while reading, I think of songs that fit the books. For “One day soon”, my weird mind made me think of a song I hear rarely in the radio at all: “Always” by Erasure. If you want to know how this book made me feel, just listen to this beautiful and powerful song. That is, if you can stomach 80’s synthie pop *LOL*
Thank you, A. Meredith Walters – for creating a beautiful tale of strength, sacrifices and – ultimately – true love!
All in all, I rate “One day soon” with 6+ stars and can recommend it to EVERYONE!!! For me, it was one of the best books I’ve ever read and I’m sure it will stay with me for a long time to come. And if you can keep an open mind and believe in love to survive even the worst, I can only recommend to read this beautiful story NOW…