The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper
Today I am so happy to be part of the blog tour for The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper.
Thank you to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours, the author, and publisher for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.
Here is the poster showing all the stops on the blog tour and all the lovely book bloggers taking part.
You meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it
Ten years, two people and one twisty, epic love story that asks what happens
when you meet your soulmate after you’re already engaged to someone else?
The Day We Met is an epic will-they-won’t-they love story with a twist. A timely exploration of modern society and complex, emotional relationships, this is beautiful, bold storytelling about characters that will stay with every single reader . . .
Stephanie and Jamie are meant to be.
The problem is they’re both with other people.
When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006, it sparks a tumultuous relationship which spans over a decade. The day they meet changes everything . . .
I’m a little hesitant to start writing this review because once I start telling everyone how good it is, I don’t think I will ever be able to stop!
Stephanie and Jamie are two people who are in happy, separate relationships and certainly not out for an ego enhancing, sordid affair with someone they bumped into on the street. However, when their paths collide a spark goes off between them that is almost palpable. They become addicted to each other, not just physically but emotionally, they kind of complete each other, and yet, they only get to spend fleeting moments together once a year.
The book resonated with me because the situation between Steph and Jamie could happen to anyone. Imagine feeling content and strongly committed in a loving relationship, and then suddenly someone appears who just exceeds everything. Infidelity and sincerity are not usually seen in the same sentence. However, these two cared so deeply for everyone around them, tried desperately to restrain the relationship and went through ten years of heartache because they put other people’s feelings before their own.
I loved how the author uses music references throughout the book as a form of communication between the two. We get to hear about Steph’s past when she visits a therapist each month and we find out why she is so fragile. The author cleverly demonstrates how certain relationships mirror previous ones and how we should embrace what fate throws at us.
The book is written in a very, direct, honest manner with beautiful imagery that completely captivates. It isn’t gushing and over- effusive but direct and genuine.
I did cry at times, and there is sadness as well as love. I have always hung on to the idea that there is a soulmate out there for everyone… and this book just makes it feel possible.
Roxie Cooper lives in Yarm, a pretty little market town in the North-East. After reading Classics at Newcastle University, she realised she needed a break from studying Latin, Ancient Greek and all that serious stuff, so naturally, she became a dancer in a nightclub (à la Coyote Ugly) for a few years before going to live in Australia. When she returned, she swapped dancing on a bar, to practising at the Bar, and became a barrister for 7 years.