The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper
Stephanie and Jamie are meant to be. The problem is they’re both with other people…
Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has.
Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie?
When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything…
Ten years. Two people. One epic love story.
Ebook published 1st February 2019 by Ebury Digital. Paperback published by Ebury Publishing 7th March 2019
This novel has already set the 2019 book bar very high, because I was captivated by it from the very start. It was one of those books where you end up staying up late and grabbing 5 minutes whenever you can to read one more chapter. That’s not to say it is a comfortable, cosy read, far from it, you are thrown in to a fated meeting between two people that absolutely cannot be together, but cannot stay apart either.
You are a part of the chemistry, the deception, and the only true witness to both sides of the story and that burden is troubling. You see what a toll it takes on everyone but also the necessity of it, breathing each character’s anguish and the back-stories to their realities. The issue of infidelity is a contentious one; everyone comes to it from their own experiences and opinions, and certainly both main characters make mistakes, huge ones, and are complicit in their actions. But neither Stephanie nor Jamie are bad people, they are both damaged, adrift, both held under huge life burdens and struggling to do the right thing whilst being true to themselves, something I am sure even the biggest sceptic to their situation can comprehend. The book centres around themes of fate, karma, connection and recurrence that originate from the proverb: “You meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it”, a foundation of this story.
I particularly loved how music and songs are used to convey the feelings of the characters to each other as well as to give the reader a true sense of the emotions and connection. Anyone who has ever shared an “our song” with someone that means a lot to them will understand. There is a Spotify list at the beginning that you can follow or find to “listen along” to with the characters, the 21st century version of the romantic mix tape.
I also found the dialogue about therapy both interesting and realistic. It was refreshing to see therapists written about in a positive and nurturing way as opposed to psychoanalysing, distant beings like they’re often portrayed.
By the end of this book I was a mess, it ended fittingly but in an almighty crescendo of emotions. Bravo!
If you’ve read and loved One Day In December this will undoubtedly be the next book for you! Thought-provoking, uncomfortable, raw, tense and ; The Day We Met takes you on a journey across over a decade of grief, angst and absolution.
Thank you to Roxie Cooper and Tess Henderson at Ebury Publishing for sending me an advanced copy of this title to read and review in my own words.