Monday, June 16, 2014

Just One Night by Gayle Forman

Just One Night (Just One Day, #2.5) by Gayle Forman
Published: May 29, 2014 by Viking Children's Books
Source: Purchased e-book
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. [goodreads]

JUST ONE NIGHT is like tasting the icing on the most delicious cake.  This e-novella gives a glimpse inside the after of what happened as Allyson showed up on Willem's door step that one unforgettable morning.  Even though I was pleased with the ending of JUST ONE YEAR, this companion novel is a short, sweet, to the point addition to what is already a beautiful story.

When I finished reading JUST ONE YEAR, I kept thinking about all the almost moments that Allyson and Willem could have found one another.  I was enchanted by the "accidents" that led their hearts back together.  So it was fascinating to me to see them discuss those "accidents" and where their journey took them during that year apart.  The engagement of all the characters, and how each one had a purpose in Allyson and Willem's story brought a warm light to an already bright story.  I felt myself gathered around the table with old friends as they discussed the moments that led them to this reunion now.

I don't necessarily need a Happily Ever After in all the books I read, but sometimes it's nice to see exactly what happens after the potential HEA is proposed to its characters.  If you've read JUST ONE DAY and JUST ONE YEAR, then I definitely recommend devouring this e-novella as well.  It will leave behind the most sweetest taste in your mouth, reminding you why Gayle Forman is such an exceptional storyteller and how her brilliant mind can weave such an unforgettable tale.

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