Friday, April 27, 2018

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway - My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan @justjuliawhelan @WmMorrowBooks

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Date Read: April 22, 2018
Length: 352 pages
Source: Edelweiss
★★★★★
American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her life since she was thirteen: Study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she’s offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star’s presidential campaign. With the promise that she’ll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she’s free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is, until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day.

When Ella discovers that her English literature course will be taught by none other than that same local, Jamie Davenport, she thinks for the first time that Oxford might not be all she’s envisioned. But a late-night drink reveals a connection she wasn’t anticipating finding and what begins as a casual fling soon develops into something much more when Ella learns Jamie has a life-changing secret.

Immediately, Ella is faced with a seemingly impossible decision: turn her back on the man she’s falling in love with to follow her political dreams or be there for him during a trial neither are truly prepared for. As the end of her year in Oxford rapidly approaches, Ella must decide if the dreams she’s always wanted are the same ones she’s now yearning for.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35820405-my-oxford-year
My Review

Honestly, this was fantastic!  I just really loved everything about this delightful story.  I know Julia Whelan from her work as a narrator so I was really curious about this book as soon as I saw it.  I decided to give it a try simply because of my curiosity and didn't really know much about the book beyond my guess that it would be about someone spending a year at Oxford (nothing gets past me).  This book is really so much more than that and I must say that I had such a good time reading this book.

Ella is at the center of this story.  Ella is from Ohio and has just made it to England to study at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship.  To make things even better, she gets a call offering her a position to work on a presidential campaign just as she makes it to England.  Things are looking up for Ella.  She soon realizes that things are a little different at Oxford than she expects but she is making friends.  One of her classes is being taught by the same man she had a run-in with at the fish shop on her first day in town.  I do think that this a book that will really be best to go in as blindly as possible so I am going to be careful not to include any spoilers in this reviews.

I really liked Ella.  She is so driven to do well with everything she attempts but it quickly becomes obvious that she will have to make a few adjustments to succeed at Oxford.  She was just such a strong character and I found her very easy to relate to.  I really liked her more and more as the book progressed and thought that she grew dramatically as a character.  Jamie was also great.  He was more of a mystery to me at the start of the book but as I continued reading, I really fell in love with him.  He was such a great guy and I thought he compliments Ella very well.

This story made me think, it made me feel, and it even made me laugh.  This book was such a joy to read.  When I started reading, I thought that this was going to be one kind of story and then things changed and by the end of the book I was reading something totally different.  I loved the fact that this book went in such an unexpected direction kind of like life tends to do.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  Julia Whelan has proven that she is not only great narrator but that she is also a wonderful writer.  I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read this story and can't wait to read more of her work in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from William Morrow Paperbacks via Edelweiss.
Excerpt

About the Author

Julia Whelan is a screenwriter, lifelong actor, and award-winning audiobook narrator. She graduated with a degree in English and creative writing from Middlebury College and Oxford University. While she was in England, her flirtation with tea blossomed into a full-blown love affair, culminating in her eventual certification as a tea master.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Giveaway
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to give away a copy of My Oxford Year to one lucky reader of this blog, courtesy of William Morrow Paperbacks. (US and Canada only)

36 comments:

  1. Sweet! I have this book and look forward to reading it. Glad to see you enjoyed it so much.

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    1. I hope you like it as much as I did, Christy!

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  2. Wow, it sure does sound like you had a fantastic time with this book, and I confess I'm intrigued! Thanks for reviewing, I feel like I'll have to give it a go at some point :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy it if you get the chance to read it, Silvia!

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  3. I am putting this on my wish-list. Thanks for sharing and great review!

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  4. wow I love your enthousiasm for this one!

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    1. I had such a good time with this book, Melliane!

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  5. Glad you really enjoyed this one. Sounds like I might have to at least grab this one from the library.

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    1. I was a little surprised by how much I liked this one, Barb!

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  6. Haven't read anything from the author yet but my! This one sounds really good. Too bad I can't join the giveaway :(

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    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

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    1. This is her first book and I really enjoyed it.

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  7. I was wondering why her name seemed so familiar! I've listened to her narration many times and she is excellent. I wonder if she's going to narrate this one?

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    1. I was curious about that myself and checked. She does narrate this book which would be a great way to experience the story.

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  8. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one. I hadn't heard of it before now.

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    1. I liked it so much more than I thought I would, Mary!

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  9. It all sounds good to me :) I wonder what she chooses, Oxford gets my vote

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  10. Love it when a book surprises me in a good way. Big decision stories can be as riveting as thrillers and neat that the narrator/author really gave a good story. :)

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  11. I am all about a book that delivers the feels. I have this one in my soon-to-read queue, so I am really happy to read such a positive review.

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    1. I hope you like this one as much as I did, Sam!

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  12. Glad you liked this one. I'm not a big fan of teacher-professor relationships, but it sounds like it could be fun for readers who like that dynamic.

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    1. I am not usually a fan of that either. This was a little different since she was a Masters student and he was just teaching the one class. They are about the same age.

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  13. Great review! I am curious about this one, and I really love books that take place in England. Ella sounds like a wonderful character too.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I really did like Ella and the setting was a lot of fun as well.

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  14. Sounds like a wonderful read, and so excited to read it! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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    1. It was a great book, Maria! Good luck!

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  15. Thanks for the giveaway this is for sure on my TBR list!

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  16. I knew I knew the name Julia Whelan from somewhere but I couldn't place it! As soon as you mentioned she was a narrator it clicked. This does look really wonderful and has been on my TBR since I saw it come out but now it's a bit higher up!

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    1. I hope you get the chance to read this one, Katherine. I thought it was really well done.

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  17. Sounds great! Looking forward to reading!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, Jennifer!

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  18. Ella sounds like a character I could really relate to. I am adding this one to my wish list!

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    1. I really enjoyed this one, Wendy. I hope you do get the chance to read it soon.

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