Wednesday, May 9, 2018

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan

Good morning, everyone! Today I'm a stop on the TLC blog tour for Julia Whelan's debut, My Oxford Year.

Ella Durran has everything all planned out. Since she was thirteen, she's dreamed of going to Oxford and now, as a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship, it's finally happening. But just as she's about to begin her year at the illustrious college, she receives a job offer that she can't refuse. 

As if juggling both a new campaign for an up an coming politician and academics weren't enough, Ella finds herself falling for someone quite unexpected - her new teacher! And after a none too pleasant introduction as well. Soon Ella is faced with a decision she never thought she'd have to make: the life she's always wanted or the love she could have instead. 

My Oxford Year is the ultimate life doesn't listen to plans story.

Ella comes from a background that shouldn't (in her eyes) have led to the place she is now. But through determination and drive, she's gotten there in spite of what most others expected out of her. Oxford.

Her dream is to work in politics and that dream also comes true at the very start of the book with a job offer she doesn't want to refuse. But she doesn't want to give up her time in England either. And so she promises the exact day that her year is up, she'll be on a plane back to the States. And in the meantime she'll prioritize the campaign she's been hired to be part of.

And she does it.

But as I mentioned, this is a life doesn't listen to plans story. So of course her plan is derailed when she falls for Jamie Davenport.

And the story is much more about the falling and the fallout, you might say, than it is about the politics. So if that's a fear of yours, let me put that at rest.

My Oxford Year is sweet and funny. It's also a bit heartbreaking - I have to be honest. But it's overall a light read that delivers exactly as expected. And that's definitely ok in my book!

If you're in the mood for an Angophile romance, you can't go wrong with My Oxford Year.

To see more stops on the tour be sure to check out the official TLC tour page here.

For more on Julia Whelan and her work you can visit her website here. You can also like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Purchase Links: HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble



Kay said...

And this is Julia Whelan's first book - she narrates a 'mean' audiobook. Love her as a narrator. I'd try this one on that fact alone. Thanks for featuring it!

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

This sounds like a sweet story that I'd really enjoy! Thanks for being a part of the tour!