One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters
Star-crossed. Real. Gritty. Passionate.
4 1/2 Stars!
I picked up this book knowing I would get different and real. Find You In The Dark by A. Meredith Walter is one of my favorites, so after reading the synopsis for One Day Soon, this choice was a no-brainer.
There are so many fates out there, so many stories to be told, and sometimes you just get tired of the billionaires and the fighters and the rock stars. Still, it takes guts, knowledge, and a whole lot or research from the author’s side to dig into a concept where the hero and heroine are on skid row.
A Meredith Walters floats seamlessly back and forth in time in this novel. One level gives us the Yosh and Imi of fifteen years ago—the hardships they endured as homeless teenagers living in a condemned warehouse, and the pure, selfless love growing between them in the months they had together before everything changed. Then there’s their present-day run-in and the rekindling of their common reality. Imi returned to “society,” graduated from college, and became a social worker. She has tried and failed at married life with someone else, while Yosh is still homeless and a hustler. They meet again at the hospital where Imi works—when Yosh is admitted to the hospital with permanent liver failure, a result of the life he has led.
The reason why I give this book a 4 ½ stars instead of 5 is that there is some over-telling. For me, if the description of a situation is great, I prefer to absorb that picture and interpret on my own instead of having the author spell out what she has already described so well. For instance: (This example is invented by me and is not from this novel.) Description: “The tears trickled slowly down her face, her lip trembling with the impact of his words.” If I read a description like this, I prefer that the author doesn’t add an extra tell, spelling out: “He had made her sad.”
The story line in One Day Soon is absolutely beautiful, and so is the character development. I’m a sucker for deep, broken, complicated protagonists with a butt-load of charm, which Yosh in particular has in spades. Also: hats off to Walters for managing the unmanageable, to make a physically filthy and dirty character sexy as fuck. Seriously, I want to meet this man!
Lastly, I commend the author for not giving away the ending up until the very last two pages of the book. I was prepared for anything, and I truly, truly appreciate such lack of predictability. “Imogen, I’d give the world if I could. But I don’t have the world to give you.”
Walters soared in the last few chapters, flowing between characters’ point of view and bringing us forward in time. I bit nails. I dried tears. “Is that our plan? To live our story? To go to the beach and walk on the sand?”
It’s wildly effective when the author brings back fragments of conversations we readers already are privy to, showing the love, the tragedy, and the hope the two young lovers had back then and what it all means to them while their present moves forward. “Then you became a memory. The kind that warms during dark nights and lonely days. You were my happy life.”
I wholeheartedly recommend One Day Soon to all lovers of dark, angsty, deep reads. I finished it yesterday, but my mind is still with Yosh and Imi in their story.