Debbie Johnson comes to the blog with a story of loss, discovery and growth with
Maybe One Day
On the day of her mother’s funeral, Jess discovers that much of her life was determined, directed and decided by lies and fear. After a tragic loss of her child in an accident, a hospitalization for the resultant psychiatric issues and living in a family that not only does not discuss “difficult’ moments, but actively seeks to ignore them at all costs, her life is about to shatter again, even when new doors and options are open to her.
Trust me when I say that a box of tissues will NOT go amiss here – there are moments when you will laugh, cry and be so frustrated with the way Jess’s parents and family managed her life that you have no other options. Fortunately, she has a cousin, her favorite, with his own ‘personal crisis’ and frustrations with the family ‘norms’, and with Jess is the ONLY place he can feel himself. Tracing back through letters long hidden, Jess decides to find the love of her life: the man her parents never liked, the man her parents told her had abandoned her after the death of their daughter in an accident.
We travel with Jess as she finds the strength to open this Pandora’s Box from the past – always expecting the worst, sometimes coming quite close to giving it all up and retreating to the safe and known of the little box she had lived in for the past decade. But despite it all, Jess is made of sterner stuff, and her need to have answers and discover the often hard truths about the intervening years leads her through Manchester, much of England and to New York City. Reconnecting with the woman who once called her “baby spice’ but had known (and bonded) with her lost love brings some surprising changes to them both, and with the support of the friends, a long night of thought to be dead ends and a wander through the endless streets, Jess gets answers, discovers her own new path, and sees new doors opening. It was heart breaking, heart wrenching and heartwarming – and a hard to put down read.
Title: Maybe One Day
Author: Debbie Johnson
Genre: British, Contemporary Elements, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Depression, Dual Timeline, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Mental Health, Mystery Elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain, Woman's Fiction
Published by: William Morrow
Published on: 2 March, 2021
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 24 minutes
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The truth changes everything.
For years Jess believed that Joe—the father of her child and the only man she ever loved—had abandoned her during her greatest time of need. That belief nearly destroyed her. Seventeen years later, when cleaning out her mother’s house, Jess unpacks a box of cards and letters hidden in the attic and makes a discovery that changes everything about life as she knows it.
Shaken but empowered, Jess—and her two stalwart best friends—set out on a remarkable journey to follow a set of faded postmarks around the world. Is Joe still alive? Does he know that Jess never forgot him? Maybe their love story isn’t over.
Maybe one day they’ll find each other again…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.