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Maybe One Day

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,281 ratings  ·  190 reviews
In the spirit of Ruth Hogan and Adriana Trigiani, bestselling British author Debbie Johnson brings us the ultimate in “happy tears”: a heartfelt story about a woman seizing the chance to reconnect with her lost love.




The truth changes everything.

For years Jess believed that Joe—the father of her child and the only man she ever loved—had abandoned her during her greatest tim
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 2nd 2021 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published April 2nd 2020)
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Katie B
Absolutely adored this one. It hit me on so many emotional levels. The story is heartbreaking at times but yet it mentally recharged my batteries. There's a good message of just going out there and living your life even if you have been dealt a horrible hand. There’s humor, there’s mystery, a sense of adventure, just so many things. Highly recommend checking this book out.

When Jess unpacks a box of card and letters in her mother's attic, it shocks her to the core. For seventeen years Jess believ
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Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee
4.5⭐ this one was a tear jerker but oh so good! A heartfelt second chance romance. After her mother's death, Jess and her cousin Michael are cleaning out the attic, and find a box full of letters from Joe, Jess's lost love! She was lied to by her parents! There was an accident, and they had lost their young daughter Grace. Jess ended up hospitalized with a breakdown.  Her parents then told her  Joe had left her because he couldn't copw. She was devastated. Now come to find out, it just wasn't tr ...more
Susanne Scott
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book completely shattered me, I was a blubbering mess from early on and right the way through to the end. There were times I literally had to stop reading as I couldn’t see for crying. What a heartbreakingly wonderful book. Each new person Jess meets in her quest to find Joe left me with a smile and a tear in my eye.
I had no idea of the emotional journey this book was going to take on when I started, whilst there are some funny and light hearted moments, the issues dealt with in this book
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Fiction Addition Angela
Poor Jess discovers after her Mothers death that everything in her life has been a lie.
The man she knew in her heart who was the love of her life hadn't really abandoned her but instead her parents had lied to her and told her to carry on with her life without her man.

When Grace, her little daughter dies, Jess ends up in hospital having suffered a breakdown. Over time Jess resumes her life only to discover a box of secrets in the attic which had been hidden away for years which she discovers fo
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Shaz Goodwin
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jess has (mostly) lived her life by her parent’s rules. She’s stayed within the routines and doing what ‘should’ be done. Her life after Joe feels very saturnine and predictable, not engaging with life or emotions (for obvious reasons)… until her mother’s death and the finding of the hidden box of letters and postcards in the attic. This opens up a gateway for Jess to start remembering and opening herself up to opportunities and emotions. But she doesn’t d
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Rachel Gilbey
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I've read the last few pages I have tears pricking my eyes. I had no real idea just which direction this massive journey would take, I was happy to go with the flow and just see what the author did with the characters.

But that ending, it's just right, I couldn't have thought of a more apt way to round up this book, and this massive story of lost love.

I've always known Debbie Johnson is a fabulous author, but this book seems to have catapulted her to a whole new level, I really had no idea w
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Alison
Where to start? First, while I really enjoyed this, it is not your typical Debbie Johnson novel which really threw me because I kept expecting the novel to be something it isn't.

Jess returns to the family home after her mother's funeral and discovers that for the past 17 years her parents have deliberately hidden letters and cards from her first love, Joe, addressed to her. Her sense of betrayal is only surpassed by her need to find Joe, to assure him that she didn't ignore him, to see if the sp
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Clare Moore
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to netgalley for the chance to read this book.

Jess’s daughter Grace dies, she ends up in hospital following a breakdown, when she finally starts to get herself back to some normality her mom dies. When Jess starts to sort out her moms house she stumbles across letters addressed to her (Jess) from her boyfriend Joe her daughters father spanning from the death of Grace. She, her cousin Michael and Joe’s friend Belinda use the letters to follow Joe around the world getting an insight to how
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Mrs D A Prior
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book, so easy to read, but poignant and life affirming. Full of laughter and tears. You'll definitely appreciate your loved ones after reading it. ...more
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sweet, heartfelt book, just what I needed right now.

This novel is ultimately very satisfying, but it also has some very sad and gut-wrenching parts about it. It shows that life is a journey, and the people we encounter are parts of that journey. Even if we only know them for a short time, they leave a mark on our lives and go on to share love with other people because of it.

Jess has just lost her mother and she and her cousin begin to go through the items in the attic of the house. Jess finds
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Louise Freeman
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my heart ❤😭❤
Katie
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! Girl meets boy, falls in love, tragedy strikes, girl loses it for a time. I really liked how this book unfolded. I loved the supporting characters of Michael and Belinda and then reading further of how Joe affected the more minor characters. I loved loved loved the ending and my heart was so appreciative. Thank you to NetGalley and William Morrow/Custom House for this advanced reader’s ecopy.

Typo loc 531 in chapter 4: She’s heard more “F-words - needs a closed quotation
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Katie
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thanks to William Morrow/Custom House and NetGalley for this ARC.

When Jess finds out she has been lied to about her past she decides to go on a quest tracing the footsteps of her lost love.
I enjoyed learning about Jess's past life and watching her follow the clues that might lead to Joe. Her relationships with Michael and Belinda were enjoyable as well. This book hit all the right feels. I was satisfied by the ending. Just as it should be.
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Aarthy
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the type of book you need to see your therapist after / join a local support group because you will not be able to recover.

What I loved about this book is how raw the emotions flooded every character, every page; but without being overly dramatic. It was done well. It did remind me of P.S I love you, one of my fav books ever. I love that this book also felt like a mystery/ adventure in a way. I read it in one sitting and that cannot be good for my health. help. It made me reflect on lif
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Sandra
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe One Day was recommended in Milly Johnson’s email newsletter so I thought I’d give it a go. The road trip element was part of the attraction (I love road movies) as were the hidden letters.
Jess has just been to her mother’s funeral. Afterwards, while searching the attic, she discovers a box of cards and letters that she has never seen before. The oldest of these letters goes back seventeen years. Parents hiding mail from their children, thinking they know best, is a well-used device that wo
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Nicki
Wow what a lovely story, beautifully written by new-to-me author, Debbie Johnson.

I loved this book even though at times it was very a sad read. I loved how the story was told, with glimpses into Jess’ past, running parallel to the present storyline.

Jess was a lovely character who I empathised with right from the first page all the way through the book. Michael her cousin was great fun, bringing light relief when they all needed it. Belinda was the friend Jess really needed to track down Joe and
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thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
Absolutely love Debbie Johnson and this book has not let me down, it’s anotheramazing read, but not in her usual light way. It’s an emotional ride, full of amazing characters, each one is so well written and developed even the side characters. This book isn’t as light hearted as Debbie’s comfort series, but it is still full of love and hope, however it is very emotional (bring the tissues) dealing with grief and loss. It’s a wonderful emotion rollercoaster and I didn’t see the way the book was g ...more
Katie
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel bad giving this one a two stars especially because I love this authors usual work and The comfort food cafe is one of if not my favourite chic lit series but unfortunately this book did absolutely nothing for me.

I can’t put my finger on exactly why I didn’t find it enjoyable I just think that it was a mix of things I didn’t particularly warm to the main character and the whole hunting down your past love storyline has been exhausted beyond belief and this one lacked any originality or any
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Kel
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow where to start with this heartbreakingly beautiful book. From the first paragraph I was hooked and just wanted to find somewhere to hide and keep reading.
A story of true love of soul shattering loss, the characters jump off the page as you learn about Jess and Joe and the curve ball that changed their lives forever.
A rollercoaster of emotions are entwined in this book and you will want to laugh and cry as you get to know them and all the people who have touched their lives.
I have previously
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Kelly
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Gem ~ Bee
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahh, such a beautiful, raw, heartbreaking read. This is a triumph by Debbie Johnson and one that takes you on a journey around England, Ireland, and beyond in Jess' quest for the truth after discovering a betrayal.
It explores trauma, loss, duty, and the loneliness that being a carer and mental ill- health can bring as well as family dynamics, kindness and the variety of people that come and go in our lives.
A wonderful book.
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Rebecca Dollery
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Really enjoyed this book. So much so I couldn't put it down. Full of tragedy, laughter and adventures. I was on a roller coaster of emotions and ended up competing within just a few days. ...more
book bruin
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Audiobook Review
Overall 4 stars
Performance 4.5 stars
Story 4 stars

This book really put my heart through the ringer. It was an emotional ride filled with lots of ups and downs. I knew going in that it wouldn't be an easy read, but I wasn't quite prepared for how heartbreaking this story would be. There are quite a few CW's that readers should be aware of before starting this journey (please see below).

Maybe One Day is an epic love story, but it's also a story about facing tragedy and finding your
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Cassie’s Reviews
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Oh my heart I need a minute! So many emotions happening right now!
After her mother’s death Jess returns to her childhood home to start the process of cleaning it out. The funeral was attended by a few family members. With the help of her cousin Michael they start with clearing out the attic. They discover a shoebox, and it’s filled with cards and letters from Jess’s past love Joe. We soon learn there was an accident where they lost their young daughter Grace. After the accident Jess suffered a
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Miranda
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
First big thanks to Harper Collins and Goodreads for introducing me to Debbie Johnson and the gem that is #maybeoneday ! There is so much to say about this story and so many thoughts and “feels” but as to not have any spoilers I will tell you it is filled with character that you root for and love people you want to pluck out of the book and sit with and befriend for life... Joe is "McDreamy" but one a real grown man husband you will grow old with and die if you ever lost kind of way (the best wa ...more
Umaymah
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I dare anyone to read this book and NOT cry. It's a year jerker in a good way.
Jess comes across as timid yet courageous when she needs to be. I must admit to flipping a few (sorry a lot) of pages towards the end because I felt the misses and suspense was getting a bit too much.
Joe comes across as a saint, everything that was bad in life was thrown at him yet his essential goodness always shone. In the epic journey to find Joe, I was surprised not to find out he was canonised by the Pope for his
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Bookworman
I'm feeling very torn about how to review this book. On the one hand, Debbie Johnson's writing is amazing and I literally couldn't put this book down and devoured it in two days including staying up way too late last night until I could barely keep my eyes open. On the other, it was heart wrenching and I currently prefer my books to be lighter even if they're dealing with serious subjects.

I knew it was going to be different from her "Comfort Food Cafe" series as she discussed this in her last ne
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Taylor
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
[4.5/5] Feeling ALL the emotions from this book 😆😭🥰

Maybe One Day is an emotional contemporary fiction/romance that’s sprinkled with hints of mystery. It’s an eclectic mix of funny, sad, and hopeful. One minute it tugged at my heartstrings, and the next it had me laughing. That’s no easy feat!

It has characters you can’t help but love and root for. The banter between the main character’s companions, Michael and Belinda, was so entertaining 👏

There’s a ‘road trip’ style plot - which I can always ge
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Clare Moore
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to netgalley for the chance to read this book.

Jess’s daughter Grace dies, she ends up in hospital following a breakdown, when she finally starts to get herself back to some normality her mom dies. When Jess starts to sort out her moms house she stumbles across letters addressed to her (Jess) from her boyfriend Joe her daughters father spanning from the death of Grace. She, her cousin Michael and Joe’s friend Belinda use the letters to follow Joe around the world getting an insight to how
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Julie
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have become a Debbie Johnson fan. This story is so far out of my comfort zone, yet I could not put it down. I must have needed a good cleansing cry because I got it, in addition to a fantastic story.

In many ways, this story hit close to home, the controlling parents, and the lies. What you “should” do. The path Jess takes to find answers has me living every emotion with her. The characters she meets along the way tell her a different story about her lost love. Will she find Joe?

Thank you to N
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