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.
A. Meredith Walters always finds a way into my heart with her words and her stories. ONE DAY SOON is no exception. Imogen (Imi) and Yossarian’s (Yoss) story is as real and raw as it gets. From the first page I became hypnotized and completely invested in their story. Walters branded me in Yoss and Imi’s struggle to be teenagers in an unforgiving lifestyle. Through her words, she laid trails of defeat, hope, loss, loyalty, hate and love along my heart only to have them all converge on one another and send my heart into a tailspin where I wasn’t sure if I would land upright with optimism breaking my fall or detonate into a million pieces of grief and regret.
Giving me dual POV’s in past and present, Walters pieced together a love built on circumstance, understanding, survival and the ability for Imi and Yoss to give into their feelings without conditions. Without judgement. Walters paints vibrant colour onto a dismal, frayed canvas with a cadence and depth to her words.
ONE DAY SOON cradled me precariously like a fragile figurine but made sure that as I turned each page strength and resilience would weave themselves through the words so that I didn’t drown in the angst.
Walters keeps her stories real and organic. The characters push and pull against one another and their dynamic always keep you wanting to see just a little bit more into their souls. Her words flow effortlessly that before you know it you have come to the end of the journey breathless and looking beyond the horizon of the story wondering– hoping that there’s more on the other side
If you have never read an A. Meredith Walters book, you most definitely should privy yourself to her amazing prose. I’m certain you will be a fan for life.
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