One Day begins In Edinburgh in July of 1988 where Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley are graduating from college. The novel chronicles the story of the two characters as they begin their adult lives after what appears to be a one-time fling. Emma loves Dexter and makes her intentions plain. The book allows the readers to check in with the “couple” every July 15; the story begins in London, but the pair moves around the globe as the book progresses.
The two have hit or miss episodes during their relationship: they almost get together for good, but something always stands in the way. For example, Emma finds herself working in a play, and Dexter goes to India. His intent is to meet Emma there but the plans get thwarted. The two later meet in Geneva but love is not in the air. One of them eventually falls for someone else, and all appears to be lost.
Emma and Dexter do care for each other, even when one of them cares more than the other. As they both approach middle age, Dexter’s fame in the television industry changes his attitude towards life, as does Emma’s lack of success. The story is contemporary in that it shows two people from different social backgrounds and how they manage their feelings for each other over time. However, it also has the classical underpinnings of a couple who share a physical, emotional and spiritual connection, but all at different and mixed times throughout the “life” of their complicated relationship. Their feelings reflect their other lives, and it is interesting to watch how these feelings and emotions change over time. One Day is a good read for any age.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
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