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**Standalone Contemporary Romance**
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.
"One day soon" was a book I quite literally inhaled in one day, only coming up for air when I absolutely had to. It had all the hallmarks of a signature A Meredith Walters book and if you as big a fan of this author as I am, you'll know exactly what I mean by that. This amazing writer pushes boundaries, moves the goal posts and really does go where other authors would hesitate when it comes to a contemporary romance. We get the characters others would shy away from. We get the stories about unsung heroes, the underdogs and we get the settings that are as far from romantic as you could get and that's what I love about her work and that is what had me shutting the world out yesterday.
We were a force of nature. Unstoppable. Destined. We thrived on the passion
and confidence of youth that left no room for doubt. We loved each other.
And in the ugly world we inhabited, it was a light we had clung to.
Yoss and Imi's story was unpredictable and unconventional. It was thought provoking and it was poignant. I don't think my heart has ever hurt so much when reading a book... a book that felt so realistic, so honest yet so brutal and so harsh. There was no sugar coating to what I witnessed these beautiful, strong, inspirational characters go through and so for the most part, my heart hurt so badly and if the tears weren't falling, they were threatening to. "One Day Soon" was so raw, so and so ruthless on my emotions and it was one of those books that I just couldn't put down because I had to get to the end and see what happened. Did I cheat and read the epilogue? No, I couldn't. I wanted to experience Imi and Yoss's journey right alongside them. To do anything else would have been an injustice to the couple and what they had to go through.
Over and over, he whispered my name as he slept.
I couldn't tell if my name was his prayer. Or his nightmare.
The synopsis for "One Day Soon" was vague... and rightfully so. This is definitely a book to go in to blind in order to get the full experience of what you read. It isn't an enjoyable read... that's the wrong word to use for a book like this but what this story will get you to do is think. It will make you step out of your comfort zone. It will open your eyes to unimaginable cruelty. It will help you realise that nothing is ever black and white and sometimes, people don't have choices when it comes to survival.
"It feels like I'm falling, Imi." he breathed.
"I'll catch you," I promised.
Lies so many of them. They became our truth. They would be our end.
Imi and Yoss's story was bittersweet. Chapters told from the past gave me two teenagers whose lives collided when there appeared to be no hope. Whilst reading those pages, I sensed a youthfulness, a vulnerability to both characters. There was an immaturity to the voices I heard and rightfully so because they were still kids even though they'd been forced to grow up far too quickly. Chapters told from the present gave me two adults trying to make the best of the cards they'd been dealt. As much as I hoped those chapters would be lighter, they weren't. They were realistic and often made for painful reading. I could see the light at the end of the tunnel for imi and Yoss but it just seemed to far away. In fact, the more I read, the further away it got. Were Yoss and Imi destined for a HEA? I wasn't so sure. Despite this, I rooted for this brave couple that had stolen my heart. I prayed that the underdogs would get their sunshine and rainbows and their fairytale ending.
"We'll walk on the beach, Imi, and we'll dance in the sand.
Because one day soon, I promise all this ugly will become something beautiful"
Yoss's character.. where do I even begin when talking about this beautiful yet very broken boy? His loyalty, his sense of family to those who weren't even blood. The unconditional love and friendship he offered to those around him and ultimately, the sacrifices he made for those he held dear. Just thinking about this boy who turned into such a lost man breaks my heart and brings tears to my eyes. Yoss is a character that I will always hold dear. And Imi, the girl who thought she had nothing but found she had more than most. It's funny how naive we can be as teenagers. How there are times we feel that the world is against us and that we have nothing. Yet it's only with the wisdom of adulthood that we can look back on those times and see just how innocent and immature we were. That was Imi. But she found a boy who would help her and keep her safe through some of the most difficult times she would ever face.
"You were the last," I couldn't look away from him.
"You were the only."
As always A Meredith Walters writing was flawless, with chapters from the past and present moulding seamlessly to give the reader a fuller, more rounded experience. I highlighted so many sentences, so many quotes and paragraphs, each one of them meaning something, each one of them affecting me deeply. "One Day Soon" was a second chance romance about survival and sacrifice and it was about unconditional love. It is a book that will stay with me for a long time. I'm really hoping that this author gives us the stories of some of the other characters we met. Each one of them deserves to have their journey penned, each one of them also deserves that beautiful ending.
I rated "One Day Soon" ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Maybe after all these years, I was still just that girl standing in the rain.
Waiting for a boy who would never come.
“Maybe I should tell you a story. It’s been a long time since I’ve done that. You always liked when I made up dumb stuff to get you to smile.” I chuckled. “The more improbable the better, right? So let me think of something completely unrealistic.”
I sniffled, wiping my wet cheeks. I hadn’t realized I was crying.
“Once upon a time there was a sad, lonely boy who was actually a forgotten prince. No one knew that he was rich and powerful and had a family that was searching for him.” I smiled sadly, wishing, more than anything, that this particular story had been true.
“One day he met a girl who swore that she would help him get back home to the castle. They fell in love. The prince wanted her to come back to the castle with him so they could live there together. They fought dragons and defeated ogres. They ran from witches and swam through oceans. And finally they found the castle. The prince’s family welcomed him home and he married his princess. And they lived happily ever after.”
I rested my forehead on the back of his hand, hating how cold his skin was. “You always loved your fairytales,” I mused, wishing he had been able to find his.
The hand in mine stirred and I bolted upright. Yoss’s face was contorted in pain, his eyes fluttering.
I got to my feet and reached for the call button so I could alert the nurse that something was wrong.
Then he let out a breath and his eyes opened. They were clouded and confused as they darted around the room, taking everything in.
I was rooted to the spot, not moving. He frowned and then winced when he tried to sit up.
“Uh, you shouldn’t do that. Take it easy,” I instructed, my voice shaking.
Then the wild, green eyes found me. There was no immediate recognition and I felt the crushing weight of disappointment.
He doesn’t know who I am.
His eyes were cold. So cold. Dead. He groaned as he lifted his hand to his face, touching the bandaged skin.
“Let me call the nurse. Your doctor will want to see you now that you’re awake—”
“Where am I?” he asked, his voice rough and hard.
It was a voice I had heard a million times in my dreams.
A voice I never thought I’d hear again. Not in real life.
“You’re at Lupton Memorial Hospital. You were brought in last night.” I didn’t give him any more details. I wasn’t sure he was ready for all that. He had just gained consciousness after all.
“The hospital,” he repeated. He struggled to sit up and hissed in pain at the effort.
“Seriously, you should wait and let me call the nurse—”
His eyes flashed in my direction and the cloud of confusion lifted as he speared me with a look that I felt in my bones.
His eyes widened and his mouth parted in disbelief.
I wanted to say something—anything—but my tongue felt frozen behind my teeth.
Yoss shook his head and closed his eyes. He let out a noise that sounded a lot like a sob and my heart knew the sound of pain when it heard it.
When he opened his eyes again, they were wet. Long, dark lashes spikey with tears that refused to fall.
A hundred memories arched between us. A thousand words spoken softly in the dark.
A dozen promises never kept.
His lips curved upwards into the shadow of a smile that I remembered and loved so much.
“Imi,” he whispered.
I nodded, still otherwise paralyzed.
“Imi,” he said again, a tear traveled the length of his cheek and dripped off his chin
“It’s me, Yoss,” I said finally, forcing myself to speak.
Our eyes met. They held.
They clung and they devastated.
Fifteen years had passed but none of that mattered.
In that instant we were kids again. Remembering a time when, to each other, we were everything.
About The Author:
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.
A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.
When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.
A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.