After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace.
Just One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem;
Just One Year chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective.
Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final chapter.ebook, 40 pages
Two and a half stars: A novella that ties up loose ends that should have been addressed in the main series.
At last, Allyson and Willem meet again after one long year. It was a year of sadness, turmoil, self discovery and yearning. After enduring impossible odds and a painstaking search, they reunite with a passionate kiss. How did they get here? What will happen next?
What I Liked:
- After reading Just One Day and Just One Year, I was completely invested in Allyson and Willem's story, but I was disappointed at the end of the second book because the author left too many nagging questions, and both books end abruptly at the sweet moment. This novella fills in the blanks and answers the remaining questions, and for the most part, resolves everything, so it is a must read if you are a fan of the series.
- I enjoyed seeing the couple together and watching them interact again after their year spent apart. I liked how they compared notes and shared things that happened during their separation. It was nice to finally get to spend a bit of time in the sweet moments of their romance that weren't in the main books.
- I appreciated that there was a big focus on the friendships. There is a scene in the novella where Allyson and Willem have dinner with all their friends, and I thought it was one of the highlights of the novella. I loved seeing everyone together and happy.
- I was pleased to see that there was a long term plan in place for the couple, and I closed the novella satisfied that they would have a nice future together.
And The Not So Much:
- As a reader, I was frustrated that once again vital information was left out of the main books and put into a novella. Why didn't the author either write another book or take the time to add this missing information in the last book? I hate that I had to pay $.99 to get the answers that I was seeking. Not to mention the fact that this tactic cuts off a big portion of the audience as not everyone has ereaders nor do they have access to ebooks. It is irritating that authors and publishers take important parts out of books and put them in a novella form. If I hadn't been so invested in the series I wouldn't have read this, but I needed closure. At $.99 for forty five pages, it isn't exactly a bargain.
- This novella is told in third person narrative which I absolutely hated. Just One Day is in Allyson's voice while Just One Year is Willem's version of the events. To have this novella told in third person not only took away the intimacy and the connection but it felt like someone was hurriedly recounting the events. I was not a fan of the narration at all.
- While I appreciated that this was a quick read and that I got almost all the answers I was seeking, except for what happened to the post cards that Willem left in Allyson's suitcase and what happened with the note Willem left, I felt that the pace was too quick. I wanted to revel in the reunion, but the brevity of the novella doesn't allow for much of that. Bottom line, this is a quick read that ties up all the undone story lines from both books. I still am baffled that the author didn't take the time to include this information in the books, it was a let down. I personally think that Ms. Forman should have written a third book it would have been much more satisfying than this hurried, slopped together novella.
Just One Night was a much needed novella that finally provided the answers to all the lingering questions from both books. While I appreciated that I finally got the closure I was needing, I was irritated that this information wasn't in the books, and the reader has to pay $.99 for a forty five page novella to find the answers. I was also not a fan of the third person narration. Still I am glad that I got closure. If you are fan of this series, this is a must read.
“When Allyson smiles, Willem is reminded of a sunrise. A bit of light, then more of it, then a burst of brightness. A sunrise is something you can see all the time and still marvel at. Maybe that is why her smile feels so familiar. He has seen many sunrises.”
I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.