One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters
Published by Self-published on February 18, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
Stock up on the kleenex!
This is one of the most emotional, moving stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading. I say pleasure because it was a beautiful story but I strongly suggest you are in a good head-space when you read it. Unlike a lot of other tear-jerker stories, One Day Soon is not all doom and gloom rather, it’s a story of selfless love spanned over more than 15 years. Imogen and Yoss’s lives are revealed through past and present chapters, sharing what they had meant to each other during that time. The writing was paced in a way that enabled time for processing the characters and the situations as they were told. Too young to be fending for themselves, they form a solid bond both struggle to let go of. Whether the story was focussed on their past or present years, the story always maintained a mature tone.
Homelessness is a key theme throughout the story. The opportunity to explore this world through individual scenarios was never glamorised neither was it continuously melancholic. The majority of the book was upbeat with a temporary sense of elation. It was obvious they were always on borrowed time. The harsh realities of living rough came through in volumes through descriptive reactions and references to the discomforts of not being able to attend to personal hygiene.
Yoss was respected because he was selfless, generous and always thinking of others. He made it his mission to keep his street family safe with little regard for his own welfare. Meeting Imogen, he put her happiness before his and eventually pushes Imogen to do more with her life. His story is tragic and his inner struggle was tangible. Justifying the choices he made was through the benefits it afforded others. They all looked out for each other best they could but Yoss however, took it to another level.
Imogen was a strong character, not as street wise as the people she surrounded herself with but a survivor nonetheless. When Imogen meets up with Yoss again through an unexpected turn of events, she seizes the opportunity to be the protector for a change.
I spent a lot of the book reading through misty eyes to the extent my throat was aching from the emotional build-up of their story. The catalyst for the angst was firmly placed in the past and what was left unfinished from their first encounter. The years they spent apart forced Imogen to become the person she needed to be. Their roles had changed, but their need for each other remained the same.
Experiencing the ride with them, I never lost hope they had the capacity to rise above their current situation. I’ve been asked if this has a happy ending and my answer is to approach the story without knowing. It was about seizing the moment and understanding that’s where happiness resided. The story provided a view into their lives, shedding light on the raw and surprisingly uplifting approach to the daily journey they repetitively undertook.
What I struggled with:
• Time with Chris seemed left undone
• Manny, what a creep, nothing sickens me more than what he represented…a total leech on the most vulnerable of society.
What I loved:
• The 17th impromptu birthday celebration
• Fairytales for the young and not so young embracing them
• The solidarity and friendship they experienced
• The effort Yoss went to make life better
• Reclaiming a lost youth through spontaneous carefree and adventures
Lily’s Rating: 5 Stars
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