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One Day Soon by [Walters, A. Meredith]
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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.

**trigger warning- contains mature themes that are intense and imply abuse, though are not graphic**

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  • Print Length: 379 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01A73R0L6
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,530 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Gtr33gurl TOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 March 2016
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This book was one big emotional roller coaster of past and present love story of Yossi and Imi it was tragic and heartbreaking and beautiful and real I felt every emotion every feeling on this journey of there's its a second chance love it's fate that ending left me wanting more it felt rushed the epilogue was sweet and they finally get there HEA but I definitely wanted more beautifully written
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 130 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars My emotions are still all over the place. It took me hours to write this review I’m sure I won’t be able to give it justice. 18 February 2016
By Ana Rente - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
---Read and reviewed for The Bookery Review---
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

If you could take a look at me right now, while I’m writing this review, you would see me crying. Since the beginning and throughout the whole book, I sobbed like a baby.
A. Meredith Walters has a manner with words and she didn’t fail this time again.
I had a feeling this was going to be a heavy reading; full with angst and love. I was not wrong. If anything, I underestimated the power of A. Meredith Walters for this kind of stories.
It only took me to read the blurb and then the first chapter to realize that once I started, I wasn’t going to be able to put it down.
This is a story about two young teenagers. Yoss is an eighteen year old boy who lives in the streets for far too long. He meets Imi accidentally (or not) when she runs away from home at sixteen years old. From that moment on, he becomes her protector. And she becomes his savior.
Together, they are inseparable. Until one day soon… Life goes on and after fifteen years, they reunited under very bad circumstances … again.
The story is told in two distinct time frames (fifteen years ago and present day) and from Imi’s POV. But in the end you get a glance on Yoss’s POV. And, oh boy, I felt like someone was ripping my heart out of my chest. I curved like a ball before I started the epilogue. It was too much to bare!
It’s not an easy story. If you’re looking for a funny and light reading, this book is not for you. This book is so intense that I had to stop sometimes, put myself together and then go on. It deals with sensitive subjects. A. Meredith Walters did it with perfection. Sometimes I see warnings about explicit scenes. Well, this book is not explicit. Doesn’t have to be. Because you can see and feel everything.
The characters are so complex and yet so well developed. We have the chance to meet Yoss, the boy, fighting for a future and Yoss, the man, somehow defeated and with no hope for a future.
And Imi, the stubborn young girl with no hope whatsoever, now a woman fighting for a future, fighting for Yoss.
I felt as if after fifteen years the roles have changed. Now they will have to challenge fate in order to stay together. Imi will have to decide if she wants to stay and fight or just let go. The story is heart wrenching. Brutal even.
I would not say this is a second chance at love. Not in their case. This is the only chance. Life had other plans though.
The cover is fantastic.
I found myself reading, ending a chapter and saying: “Ok, just one more”. And so on and so on. I was reading what happened fifteen years ago but then I felt compelled to go and see what was going on now.
I quickly became addicted to Yoss & Imi’s story. Each chapter is an episode you don’t want to miss.
As I was approaching the end, I knew things were going to get worse.
When I reached it, my heart was shred into tiny little pieces and I didn’t know what to do next. I released a breath I didn’t know I was holding and hugged my Kindle, next to my heart because that’s I wanted to do with the characters, I guess. Hug them!
My emotions are still all over the place. It took me hours to write this review because I’m sure I won’t be able to give it justice.
I want to write more. I want to say more. But I have no words right now. I’m still overwhelmed by all the events.
Friendship.
Sadness.
Companionship.
Fear.
Hope.
Love.
Angst.
You have all this in Yoss & Imi’s story. I guess life was too short for a love like this.

- Creativity: 5 stars
- Cover: 5 stars
- Plot: 5 stars
- Characters: 5 stars
- Darkness (in its own way): 5 stars
- End: 5 stars
- Angst: 5 stars
- Editing: 5 stars

I highly recommend this book. But I must warn you: get a bunch of tissues before. You’ll certainly need them!
I guess I’m a lucky lady. Thank you A. Meredith Walters and The Bookery review for giving me the honor of reading this ARC.
I give it 5 stars!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 Amazing Stars... A Phenomenal Reading Experience! 19 February 2016
By shellbelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
There are some novels that are in a class by themselves. One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters is one of those books. It is by far one of the best novels I have ever read. It was more than a fictional story. It was more than an epic romance. It was a story that opened up the emotional vault and gave the readers a very real story. A story that was beautiful and brutal. A story where hope and hopelessness are just mere words that can change within a moments notice. A story that portrayed the true meaning of love and giving of the heart. It’s an ugly story that has a beautiful message. Love is hope and without hope life is just an empty vessel.

One Day Soon consumed me. I could not pull myself away from this story. While reading it I couldn’t breath and found myself drowning in tears. The emotional ups and downs, twists and turns, and moments of truth made this book more than a fictional story or epic romance. It was a thought provoking eye opener making me aware of some of the injustices of the world. When I finished this book it left an impression on my soul.

I have sat down several times and tried to write a review for One Day Soon. Each time I found I didn’t have the adequate words to do justice for this novel. I don’t want to give away spoilers because this is a book that every reader needs to experience on a personal level. This novel can appeal to readers of all genres and of all ages. Although it is brutally graphic, it is brutally honest. It gives the reader a very vivid picture of Yoss and Imi’s lives. It takes the reader on an emotional journey as these two teenagers try to survive their lives. As they journey through the different phases of life, neither one is untouched by their time together. It’s not about the heartbreak from a young immature relationship that leaves a multitude of regrets and what ifs. It’s about losing the other half of your soul because life reared it’s ugly head and shredded the map. Trying to get back on course and navigate through each crossroad to reach the final destination seems impossible because you feel hopelessly lost. When you finally reach the final destination, you find that you are not the same person that began the journey. The only thing that remained the same was the truth in their souls. This is Yoss and Imi’s story.

The story is written from Imogin Connor’s POV, past and present. Each passage is delivered with precision that draws the readers into Yoss and Imi’s lives. The reader gets to experience the cruel, turbulent life that they find themselves in during their teenage years. Their lives and means of survival become intertwined into more than just physical actions. They become dependent on one another on the deepest level. They are beginning to build their hopes and dreams around one another even though they are in a hopeless situation. One Day Soon takes on a whole new meaning for them, giving them hope until it doesn’t. One Day Soon becomes the very thing that tears them apart. One Day Soon takes on another whole new meaning in their present lives. One Day Soon is more than their hopes and dreams. It’s the defining moment in their lives.

As Yoss and Imi’s story begins to evolve the reader is introduced to a cast of characters that validate their lives. Each character adds a significant piece to their story .The good, the bad, and the in between, their place in Yoss and Imi’s lives helps mold them into the adults they are now. Each character leaves a mark on their souls.

As I finished this book the first thing I wanted to do was hug my teenagers and tell them that I SEE THEM, I LOVE THEM, and NEVER LOSE HOPE. I looked at world beyond my front door with a very different view. I won’t turn a blind eye on some of the injustices I see on street corners. I now see that it could easily be one of my children, their friends, or schoolmates in the same situation. My door will always be open for them.

A. Meredith Walters delivered a profound story of life, love, and hope. The love Imi and Yoss shared was beyond epic. Their journey was tough and A. Meredith Walters did not dilute it or sugarcoat it. She delivered an honest and vivid picture of their lives. She delivered a story that is beyond memorable. It is epic!

As I read over this review, I once again wanted to trash it and start over. I then realized I will never find the right words, the perfect description, or adequate thoughts to praise One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters. I am not a writer, I am a reader that was lucky enough to experience this profound story.

Read One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars because it was only like $3. And I felt like reading a romance ... 8 November 2016
By Jolien - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.

STORY

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.

CHARACTERS

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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Heart Wrenching Stars 22 February 2016
By 1987 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A Meredith Walters can pen a story. I was so captivated by Yoss and Imi that I couldn’t stop reading. Imi runs away from home and Yoss who is homeless steps in to save her from trouble and keeps her safe. It is with Yoss that she meets his street family. Family not built on blood but loyalty. The things that have happened to these kids and what they do to stay alive will crack your heart open, more so, because these things really do happen on our streets.
Imi and Yoss’s story is told in alternating past and present. I am not a fan of alternating POV’s and normally don’t like them at all. These were very well done. It enriched the story and needed to be told that way so you could feel all the emotion, shame, and pain and understand where they are coming from.
The character development and storytelling is brilliant. I do think Imi's excuse for deciding to be homeless was petty. I still loved the story.
The angst, the emotions and the heart pounding of this book was worth every single hour I ignored my life. This was the first time I have read a book by this author and can’t wait to read more. She writes human emotion with such truth and pure reality. Grab some tissues and a nice quiet spot. You’ll need it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical Second chance romance. Story of promises, hope, and determination. 22 February 2016
By annmric - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
One Day Soon is told from Imogen's POV. The story switches between the past of fifteen years ago and the present. Imogen is a social worker for the hospital. Imogen's new case is a mystery man found beaten under the bridge. Police have been unable to identify him, but not Imogen. What she discovered crippled her.
The story takes place in Virginia. It's a second chance story about reconnecting with Yoss after fifteen years. The story takes you on a journey, filling in the gaps of time, between the past and the present. We learn what became of Yoss and Imogen since the time they were suppose to meet under the bridge. The story takes you on a trip down memory lane reconnecting Imogen and Yoss.

“Why did you leave me underneath the bridge?” Quote from Imogen. The entire premise for the story is unlocking this million dollar question. But it's more than a simple answer to this simple question. Once you invest your time into Yoss's life and the struggles he endured, that question seems to answer itself in many ways. Yoss is a complicated character with a life of undesirable choices.
While Yoss spends time in the hospital he and Imogen get a second chance as adults to rediscover the beauty of dreams and promises. Yoss never cared what he had to do to survive on the streets until Imogen showed up and brought light into his dark world. Yoss began to question his choices in life because he felt underserving and unworthy in the eyes of Imogen. Yoss wants to love without guilt.

“Then we’ll pave a new way together. Make new choices. The right ones this time. The ones that end up with us together.” Quote from Imogen. This quote sums up Imogen's character. Imogen believed In her love with Yoss so strongly that nothing could stand in its way. It was so sweet how innocent and naive Imogen's character was. Imogen believed in easy choices. Imogen believed in happily ever after afters. Imogen believed in love.
Reading a story about homeless kids breaks your heart. When Ms. Walters shares each of their stories it further cuts into your heart.
“I don’t need a great life. I only want a happy one,” words to live by.
As the story progresses I found I was less concerned with finding out why Yoss did not show up under the bridge and much more focused on the life that Yoss was living. Even homeless Yoss had responsibilities. Yoss took care of his family and tried to keep others safe and warm while he sacrificed his safety.
Yoss found love in destitute times but could not drag down Imogen knowing her life was destined for better things.
The story is more than love between two young homeless teenagers. It's about the journey of survival, sacrificing, and struggles. When your at your worse and hope is futile you find strength anywhere you can in order to persevere. Imogen was the strength Yoss needed to continue fighting a life of crappy choices.
Ms. Walters wrote truly an inspiring story that captivated my soul. I love stories such as this one that reach you on a deeper level. I laughed and I cried and I hoped for that promised "one day soon" to come.

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