Set amidst the breathtaking beauty of Oxford, this sparkling debut novel tells the unforgettable story about a determined young woman eager to make her mark in the world and the handsome man who introduces her to an incredible love that will irrevocably alter her future—perfect for fans of JoJo Moyes and Nicholas Sparks.
American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her life since she was thirteen: Study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she’s offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star’s presidential campaign. With the promise that she’ll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she’s free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is, until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day.
When Ella discovers that her English literature course will be taught by none other than that same local, Jamie Davenport, she thinks for the first time that Oxford might not be all she’s envisioned. But a late-night drink reveals a connection she wasn’t anticipating finding and what begins as a casual fling soon develops into something much more when Ella learns Jamie has a life-changing secret.
Immediately, Ella is faced with a seemingly impossible decision: turn her back on the man she’s falling in love with to follow her political dreams or be there for him during a trial neither are truly prepared for. As the end of her year in Oxford rapidly approaches, Ella must decide if the dreams she’s always wanted are the same ones she’s now yearning for.
Okay, I cannot lie. I was NOT expecting this book. I wasn’t expecting the very serious and almost philosophical content, and I was not expecting the emotional investment in this storyline. When I read the blurb for the book, I honestly did not think it was my cup of tea. And to be fair, when I finished the book, I still wasn’t sure that it was. I didn’t write this review right away, because I was still trying to decide how I really felt about Ella. And Jamie. And… Oxford.
This is what I decided.
The story, as a whole, is extremely deep and well-thought out. Very well written. It allows you, as the reader, to watch a young lady turn in to a woman through the ups and downs of life. It wraps you in a hug and then blind-sides you with the next page turn. Much like life does each and every day. It philosophically explores questions in life and places Ella in relatable situations that dictate where her life will take her next. It’s honestly unique. And very memorable.
Emotionally, the book had me hooked from the start. It started out with a snarky charm and evolved just as any relationship would. The more I read, the more I loved Ella and Jamie. Until the second half of the book. It was at this point that I fell apart. I was angry and upset and felt so lost in my emotions. When I finished the book, I was emotionally spent. Which is why I feel as though waiting to finish this review was the appropriate response.
This book won’t be for everyone. It’s emotionally draining. It’s thought-provoking. And makes you think about all of the decisions you’ve made in life. But it’s also wonderfully rewarding. It leaves you feeling more in touch with yourself. With your emotions. With life.
I voluntarily read a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.
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