Review: One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters

Title: One Day Soon
Author: A. Meredith Walters
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Female
Rating:

Yossarian (Yoss) Frazier learned how to fend himself since a very young age. Years of being on the street taught him how to survive, even if it was a day to day struggle.

Imogen (Imi) Conner left the comfort of her unhappy home with a skewed believe that she could make it on her own. Soon enough she learned the harsh reality of the life of the unwanted. But with Yoss on her side, she was happy, until the day he wasn’t there. Years later he came back into her life giving her hopes for unfulfilled promises, but life tend to take an unexpected turn.

The moment I saw the blurb, I knew this book promised a heartbreak, but I never thought it would be so much more than just another sad story.

“You were better off without me, Imi. But it’s obvious I have barely survived without you.”

I am completely enamoured by Yoss. He was such a strong and unique character. He may not be someone I swoon over, but it was impossible not to fall for his heart and his actions. He held the weight of the world for everyone else on his shoulders.

But how did you let go of something that never really felt over? How did you let go of someone that had changed you from the inside out?

Imi was young and impressionable, but she was also incredibly strong to go through the life she chosen. I love seeing through her eyes, how her priority shifted and the longing for the things she lost.

They were family. They may not be blood, but out here, our bond was thicker than that.

One of my favorite elements in this book is actually the friendship and comradery with the secondary characters. It’s amazing to see how they looked out for each other, even with how little they had. One of the scenes that touched me the most was Imi’s birthday – such little act of kindness with such profound meaning.

As I mentioned earlier, I love a sad story, but what I love the most are stories that made me re-evaluate life. I love books that touched the ugliness of reality and made it accessible to the general public even just through fictional words. This book is all that.

“Because one day soon, I promise you that this ugly will become something beautiful.”

One Day Soon is a poignant story about surviving life on the other side of the track where sacrifices and acceptance become a necessity.

Note:
A long time ago I read an article about people in the same situation. It followed a day in the life of three individuals where we learned about their stories – who they were, why they ended up that way and what they had to do to survive. It changed my perspective and from that point on, I could never again look at one of them and not think about what their story could be.

 

This review is also available on Goodreads.

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