ARC Review: The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper

ARC Review: The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper

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ARC Review: The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper
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SYNOPSIS

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.


Why should you read The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper? 

You don’t take enough risks, that’s your problem. Put everything you have out there. Your problem isn’t that you’ve failed … your problem is that you’re afraid to fail.

– The Day We Met, Roxie cooper

THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper is not an H-E-A romance as I had expected. Stephanie and Jamie meet at an art workshop. When Stephanie and Jamie meet over drinks and get to talking, they discover that they have an instant chemistry. What’s the problem? The problem is that Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart and Stephanie is engaged.

They agree to remain as friends and meet again after a year and so forth, but they can’t help but think of each other every now and then. At this point, I was thinking that Jamie and Stephanie are clearly not happy with their partners. So why not divorce? Because life is rarely as simple as it was asking this question. A year later after that fateful meeting at the art workshop, Stephanie is now married and Jamie is well, still married and slightly frustrated but eager to see Stephanie.

Question is, do they cheat? No, they don’t cheat i.e. if you want to be technical, they don’t have sex.

Years go by as Jamie and his partner have a baby and so does Stephanie. Fate, it seems, intervenes again when Jamie moves near Stephanie’s home because of his partner’s work. At this point, it starts to get more difficult for the two of them to resist each other. What happens next ? You’ll have to find out for yourself.

What I didn’t love : Keeping in mind that I was reading an ARC, I felt some of the dialogues were unnecessary. I don’t like books where characters cheat on one another so this was extremely hard to read. I constantly fretted over the fact that they couldn’t divorce their spouses sooner and lied to them whenever they met.

What I loved: However, as the story progressed almost to the 75 or 80% mark, I started to understand them – their story – slowly. The author’s goal was to write about characters that are so unflinchingly broken and human that it’s difficult to remind myself that what I was reading was fiction or was it? Maybe it’s someone else’s story somewhere. When I finally got to read what I wanted, the story turned around and smacked me right in the face. The twist was brutal and I kept rooting for the couple as tears ran through my eyes.

Overall, I highly recommend this book If you’re looking for imperfect humans, character with depression, broken but beautiful romance “Nicholas Sparks” style, then I highly recommend you read The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Verdict: 4 out of 5 glowing stars.

Author: Connect with Author Roxie Cooper here .

  • Publisher: Ebury Press(Fiction)
  • Publication Date(Paperback): 07 March 2019
  • Paperback(ARC): 464 Pages
ARC Review: The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper

Do you think you’ll read The Day We Met? Have you read any similar books? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday #4 : Weekly Reading update

Hi everyoneHappy Wednesday and welcome to my weekly reading update post or the WWW WednesdaysWWW Wednesday is a meme formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking On a World of Words.


WWW Wednesday: Weekly Reading update

WWW Wednesday takes place every Wednesday, where bloggers discuss their 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?
WWW Wednesday #4 :​ Weekly reading update

WWW Wednesday #4 : Weekly Reading update
The Confessions of Grannie Langton

I’m currently reading The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins. It’s the author’s debut novel and it reminds me of Alias Grace.

WWW Wednesday #4 : Weekly Reading update
The Day We met by Roxie Cooper

I finished reading The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper and it was a harrowing read for me. I was fully expecting to DNF it but to my surprise I liked it. I liked it in a way one “likes” Nicholas Sparks’ heart wrenching novels. I’ve tried to express my thoughts on this book in my review post which has been scheduled for tomorrow.

WWW Wednesday #4 : Weekly Reading update
the hunting Party

I’ve been putting off reading The Hunting Party by Lucy foley for so long that you can see this under my “Reading Next” section of my previous WWW Wednesday posts.

Thank you for reading

What are you currently reading or finished reading? Have you read any of the titles I’ve listed? If not, do you want to read any of them? Let me know in the comments!

A trip to a magical Paris during the french revolution | Review: Enchantée by Gita Trelease

Enchantée by Gita Trelease review

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SYNOPSIS

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Why should you read Enchantée by Gita Trelease? 

Remember—magic is a cheater’s game, and everyone who sees it wants to play.

― GITA TRELEASE, ENCHANTÉE

Enchantée takes place during the onset of the French Revolution when the people of France we’re starving while the nobles including the king and queen looked on. However, this version of France has a twist: a magical one. Paris was a labyrinth of twisted streets filled with beggars and thieves, revolutionaries and magicians.

Camille Durbonne, our protagonist, is a magician but she doesn’t want to be. Camille has no choice but to use magic to provide for herself and her siblings.

Camille’s reluctance to use magic is understandable since all magic comes at a price and the price is one’s sorrow. Camille doesn’t lack sorrow since her parents died of small pox and left her fending for her abusive brother and sick sister. All Camille wants is all her sorrows to end and to find happiness like she did before. Camille does find happiness,if only momentarily.

“Magicians needed sorrow. And deep sorrow existed only because of love.” 

One day Camille saves two boys from dying in a hot-balloon and this is where she meets someone called Lazare. This day reminds Camille of bittersweet childhood memories and for a moment there’s only joy and nothing else. However, Camille is soon given a painful reminder of sorrow in the form of her brother. Arriving home, Camille finds all of her and her sister Sophie’s belongings and money and it could only be done by her brother. Camille has no choice but go find her brother at Versailles and demand their valuable possessions.

It may have been easy arriving at Versailles but leaving was much harder. After discovering her brother passed out at a gambling table, Camille finds herself in a trap when two women arrive wearing Camille’s stolen dresses . In order to get back her stolen dresses, jewels and money, Camille must gamble with the two women.

I forgot to mention earlier but there are three kinds of magic mentioned in the world of Enchantée. At first, Camille only uses only the first kind of magic, i.e. using her sorrow to turn metals into coins. Thereafter, she uses a darker kind or the second kind of magic called the glamour.

As Camille begins to gamble with magic at Versailles, she discovers that court life is not what she imagined at all. As she begins to use glamour magic to give herself a new identity at court, she discovers that she isn’t the only magician there. As lies pile up, will Camille be able to remember her true purpose or loose herself in the magic and glamour of it all ?

“Papa’s ghost might have whispered in her ear, there would be consequences, some of them not fair. How else would you know you had done something, if there was no change? No shift in the world?” 

― Gita Trelease, Enchantée

What I loved was the magical twist to one of my favourite places, the worldbuilding, it’s diversity rep(there is a queer couple and a biracial character), it’s soft romance.

What I didn’t love was the length of the story. I think it could have been shortened by a whole lot. There were so many unnecessary scenes in the ARC that I had to skim some of it. Since I read an ARC so I hope the final version has been corrected of this.

Someone asked on Insta if this had a world similar to Caraval. Well, not quite. It’s entirely different.

Overall, I highly recommend this book if you love reading about Paris, historical fantasy and magical fantasy(not sure if that’s a word).

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Verdict: 4 out of 5 glowing stars.

Author: Connect with Author Gita Trelease here .

  • Publisher: Flatiron/Macmillan
  • Publication Date: 05 Feb 2019
  • Paperback(ARC): 434 Pages
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Do you think you’ll read ENCHANTÉE? Do you enjoying reading fantasy mixed with historical fiction? I loved visiting this fictional Paris. What favourite city of yours would you like to see in a fantasy setting? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday #4 : Weekly Reading Update

Hi everyoneHappy Wednesday and welcome to my weekly reading update post or the WWW WednesdaysWWW Wednesday is a meme formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking On a World of Words.


WWW Wednesday #1 :​ Weekly reading update

WWW Wednesday takes place every Wednesday, where bloggers discuss their 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

The Cold is in her bones

I received this review copy of The Day We Met from the publisher and I’m worried if I’ll like it or not.

Synopsis: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.

WWWWednesday
The Glass Woman

I finished reading this book about Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians…

I will post a full review soon but I can say that I loved this fantasy!

Reading Next

Small Town Hearts

The Doll FactoryThe Hunting Party

I want to finish reading The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley next, to be followed by Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale and then The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal. All of these are review copies that hve been gifted to me by their publishers .

Thank you for reading

What are you currently reading or finished reading? Have you read any of the titles I’ve listed? If not, do you want to read any of them? Let me know in the comments below!

Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Hi everyone! I’m back with my fourth Top Ten Tuesday post and this week’s prompt is to list the Books On My Spring 2019 TBR. Thankfully, I have a big list and I’ve narrowed it down for you in here.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Most of the books listed are review copies gifted by their publishers and some aren’t. While Spring is not my favorite season but I love the books releasing this Spring and here they are:


The Hunting Party
  1.  The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley:  The Hunting Party is the author’s first crime novel and is described as combining elements of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I’m a huge sucker for thrillers so me being “excited” is an understatement.
Finale by Stephanie Garber

 2. Finale(Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber: I liked Caraval but not so much as I did Legendary and the ending made me thirsty for Finale, the third and final book in the trilogy.

Small Town Hearts

3.  Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale: I was provided a review copy for a blog tour and I’m so “hungry” to read it. Get it? Apparently, It has lots of mentions of food *salivating right now*

The Winter of the Witch

4.  The Winter of the Witch(Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden: If you’ve been following my last posts, you might’ve noticed how much I loved Vasya and I’ve been holding back on reading the final book in the trilogy.

Daisy Jones and the six

5.  Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I was so frickin’ happy to get a review copy of Daisy Jones & The Six !

The Doll factory

6.  The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal: The Doll Factory is a debut novel by Elizabeth Macneal and is described as an intoxicating story of art, obsession and possession. Sign me up!

the confessions of Frannie Langton

7.  The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins: This is giving me spooky vibes the likes of The Corset and The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell.

A curse so dark and Lonely

8.  A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer: Another underrated -but highly recommended by some bookstagrammers- series that I’ve added to my cart and on my Goodreads TBR but I’ve never checked it out.

Shades of Magic

9. The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty: The City of Brass has been on my TBR for a while now and this is the perfect time to read both the books in the Daevabad Trilogy.

Muse of Nightmares

10. In the Full Light of the Sun by Clare Clark: This is a historical fiction based on a true story and follows the fortunes of three Berliners caught up in an art scandal—involving newly discovered van Goghs—that rocks Germany amidst the Nazis’ rise to power.


That’s a wrap on today’s Top Ten Tuesday post featuring Books On My Spring 2019 TBR.

Thank you for reading

What books are you looking forward to reading in the spring? Have you read of the books I’ve listed above ? If you have,then what’s your favourite among them all? If you haven’t, then are any of them on your TBR?  Let me know in the comments below!