My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan

My Oxford Year

Major Motion Picture Already in Development with Temple Hill EntertainmentSet amidst the breathtaking beauty of Oxford, this sparkling debut novel tells the unforgettable story about a determined young woman eager to make her mark in the world and the handsome man who introduces her to an incredible love that will irrevocably alter her future—perfect for fans of JoJo Moyes and Nicholas Sparks.American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her l...

Details My Oxford Year

TitleMy Oxford Year
Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult

Reviews My Oxford Year

  • Christy
    5+ stars!!! “The hardest thing is love, with no expiration date, no qualifiers, no safety net. Love that demands acceptance of all things I cannot change. Love that doesn't follow a plan.” My Oxford Year by Julie Whelan is a real gem of a book! It took me by surprise in the best way! I’ve listened to many audio books narrated by Ms. Whelan (she is an amazing narrator) and I’m happy to report that her writing is amazing as well. I liste...
  • Astrid - ☆Vanilla & Spice Books☆
    You know how our expectations are sometimes too high? Or, you expect something completely different and get something else and it's even better than what you were anticipating? It's the best feeling when a book does that. My Oxford Year surprised me, it totally blindsided me. Although I read the blurb it kind of slipped that it was compared to JoJo Moyes and Nicholas Sparks. Anyway, let me tell you about this sparkling little gem that is My Oxfor...
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    3 stars This is a book that’s been getting a lot of great buzz, a lot of my book friends really loved it and I’ve been hearing good things all around. I was a fan of Julia on the show Once and Again and I had the pleasure of meeting Julia at another author event for a book she narrated and she’s absolutely lovely. All those things combined, I was very eager to read this book and really wanted to love this book and I had high hopes. And whil...
  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    Title: My Oxford YearSeries: StandaloneAuthor: Julia WhelanRelease date: April 24, 2018Cliffhanger: NoHEA(view spoiler)[HFN (hide spoiler)]Sometimes you just get a gut feeling about a book, and that's what happened when I came across My Oxford Year. After seeing the adorable cover and reading the blurb, the entire package was calling to me and screaming READ ME in neon lights. I'm usually hesitant with new/unfamiliar authors, but I instictively ...
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.Honestly, this was fantastic! I just really loved everything about this delightful story. I know Julia Whelan from her work as a narrator so I was really curious about this book as soon as I saw it. I decided to give it a try simply because of my curiosity and didn't really know much about the book beyond my guess that it would be about someone spending a year at Oxford (nothing gets ...
  • DJ Sakata
    Favorite Quotes:His voice is so melodious, so low and soothing, it should be accompanied by choral music. Everyone else looks very British about it, like this is where fun comes to die.“Given the lovely turn of your figure, it’s quite gratifying you’re not one of those dreadful American girls who subsist entirely on lawn clippings and glacier water,” Charlie says. My mouth is too full of scone to reply. He has this ability to go still, as...
  • Eliza
    ★5 STARS★For American, Ella Durran, attending Oxford University on the prestige Rhodes Scholarship is the culmination of years of hard work and determination. The idea was born during a tumultuous period in her adolescence so she fully intends to embrace this incredible experience and opportunity of a lifetimeHer visions of her first experiences in Oxford do not include a near miss with a local and his car, but alas that’s exactly what happ...
  • Renee
    *6 stars*Still gobsmacked, need to process before writing a coherent review.
  • Kate Olson
    Thanks to the publisher for this finished copy for review purposes!Let's start with what I loved, shall we? I LOVED the Oxford setting and everything about the descriptions about Oxford life. I loved the pubs, Ella's friends, all of it. Seriously, that alone gets 5 stars from me!Now, for the hmmmmm. I wasn't blown away by the romance and while it was touching, I felt like I should have been moved MORE??? I'm not sure why and how, but I was left f...
  • Sheyla ✎
    "Love. That’s my choice. " If you read the blurb, then you know this is going to be a tear jerker at some point. How you might say? Jojo Moyes and Nicholas Sparks names are mentioned in it. That's enough, don't you think?Yet, I must have missed it since I wasn't prepared. What I can say about My Oxford Year without spoiling it for you? I will tell you that I loved it. Yes, at some point I was crying. It was inevitable. But, at the end of the d...
  • Liza Wiemer
    I went into this novel knowing that it would have a Jojo Moyes Me Before You feel, so I was ready to fall in love and have my heartbreak. I loved it! I loved this story. Julia took me along and I totally got into the Oxford experience from classes to walking the streets to eating fish and chips to drinking beer. I fell in love with Ella and Jamie. What a couple! Loved them from that first moment they came on the page together. I loved watching th...
  • Sandra Cortez
    “He can be the boy I journeyed to the end with” swoon, I loved this one hard. *** a little forewarning *** for my fellow Americans the verbiage is very English so don’t read this on a brain fog day. Haha. Did you know valise means suitcase. But seriously it’s so good! I was not fully vested until 100 pages in but then finally, I felt. Felt so much. I’m not a crier with books but these words touched my heart. And I will cherish Ella and ...
  • Jessica
    The moment I heard that this book was going to be made into a movie starring Sam Heughan, I HAD to read it. The story itself sounded right up my alley as well. A romance in Oxford between an American and her new professor? Yes, please! Ella Duran has always dreamed of studying at Oxford. When her dream finally comes true, she can't believe she gets to spend a year studying literature. What she doesn't expect is to get the opportunity to work for ...
  • Jaime Arkin
    3.5 stars.... My Oxford Year wasn’t quite what I was expecting … not in a bad way. I promise that this sentence will make more sense as you read. When I looked at the cover I was expecting a fluffy coming of age romance with a bit of drama. And essentially that’s what it is, but it is also something of an emotional rollercoaster of a read. Obviously the summary kind of gives you some clue as to the drama about to unfold, but apparently I mi...
  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    "My Oxford Year" is a great story about ambition and romance. Ella has always been ambitious and she has dreamt of becoming a Rhodes scholar and going to the storied Oxford University for years and years. Now she finally finds herself there only to have another opportunity at home that could set her on a fast track to become one of the top picks to run political campaigns. Ella wants it all and she thinks she can handle it. Can she chase both dre...
  • Ginger at
    With a strong opener, I was really into this novel. Then something happened & I’m left feeling a little “meh” about it all. I wish I could put my finger on it, but something overall just didn’t satisfy me the way I was hoping it to. This saddens me because I was really into it for the first half. Guess you can’t love everything you read!
  • Bex |
    Amazing. Outstanding. Wholly unexpected. Just wow.[full review to come!]
  • Jaime Fiction Fangirls Book Review
    When I first came across this book and saw the comparisons to novels by JoJo Moyes and Nicholas Sparks I admit, I was a little nervous to read it. I love ugly cry books but I tend to be hesitant to read them for obvious reasons. However, I just couldn’t seem to pass up the chance to read this one. I am so thankful that I went ahead and agreed to give it a chance use it easily made it on my best of 2018 shelf. First we need to discuss the settin...
  • Teresa
    I went from being mildly interested in some day reading this book, based on it being written by a favorite audiobook narrator, to being kind of anxious and nervous to read it, to just diving straight in and devouring it. I started this book on audio, since Julia herself narrates it, but soon enough, I was reading the book just because it was faster. Julia Whelan is as good a writer as she is a narrator. Her prose, her ability to make you feel par...
  • Danielle
    *Thank you to Harper Collins/William Morrow Book for sending me a finished copy to read & review.*This book was a sweet and funny and heartbreaking story. It follows Ella as she crosses the pond to obtain her Rhodes at Oxford. She has been working on this path since she was a teenager. After a less than stellar first meeting, Ella finds a connection with her English literature professor Jamie. The fling develops into something more when Ella lear...
  • Evelyn
    Thank you to goodreads and the author. I won an ARC of My Oxford Year!It's taken me a few days to mull over the book. I knew the author from the many (many) audio books Julia has narrated. And I have to say she is one of my top favorites. I will listen to the books she's narrating based on her alone. So with that being said, I have to say I was really disappointed with this book. It took me a really long time to read this book. I just had no moti...
  • Angie
    Originally reviewed here @ AngievilleI'll confess this beautiful cover is what initially drew my eye. It's just a book I wanted to have on my shelf aesthetically. But even before I saw the cover, I'd heard of this title. It's as though it's been floating around in the ether for awhile now, what with a major motion picture already being in development. Truthfully, that level of advance hype gave me pause, as did the implied titular time constraint...
  • Kristen
    i don't remember exactly why i requested this one, i've had it for months. i could have sworn it said something about Sliding Doors in the synopsis, but apparently not. Must be thinking of something else. Anyway, then i found out it was going to be a movie, i got super excited. i'll give you one reason why:me too Jamie, me too. And his name is even Jamie in the book (maybe also in the movie? Sometimes they change, that would be a damn shame).I li...
  • Ellen at Book Bellas
    "I’ve only felt love like this once in my life, and I can’t bear to think of it right now."Wow!! I cannot believe this is Julia Whelan's debut novel. Smart, funny, sexy and very engaging, 'My Oxford Year' transported me to England and I can't stop thinking about Ella and Jamie! I can tell from the first page of a book whether it will be a favorite of mine. This story has that "it" quality that engaged me from the very first page. I could not ...
  • Stephanie Tracy
    Have to say, I fully intended on giving this novel a 5-star review. Just the title was enough to make me weep with joy – “My OXFORD Year”… You won’t find a bigger Oxford fan than me, so I was hooked on this story before I even read the back-cover blurb. I ordered it on Amazon and raced through my previous read just so I could dive into this the second it landed on my doorstep. I. Was. PUMPED. Back story: I studied abroad AND earned my M...
  • Amy
    I was unprepared for this book on just about every level.I was not prepared for how deeply I would fall into Julia Whelan's storytelling. I never anticipated that she would engulf me, whether from the quotes from poems that she used to introduce each chapter or from the characters she created who will stay with me for a long, long time or from the emotional punch this book delivers (more than once).I was not prepared for how real this story felt,...
  • Carrie
    Read me!! This book was amazing. The journey it took me on was unexpected but worthwhile. My review is short and sweet because...well...spoilers. I can say I was gutted at one point in the book and actually flipped to the end of the book to read how the story wraps up. I haven't done that in years. The author wrapped up everything beautifully. Just make sure you read this book before the movie comes out. I can't wait to see it on the big screen.
  • MaryannC.Book Fiend
    A charming, rather touching read about young 24-year old Ella Curran who was selected as a Rhodes Scholar to Oxford where she hopes to experience all that she can during her year abroad but against her better judgement begins to fall for her professor's assistance.
  • Melissa
    I was expecting a traditional British Rom-Com a la Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, but this was so much more! Girl meets boy, girl is a Rhodes scholar & political consultant, boy is an Oxford professor, girl and boy hook up, and then go through the unimaginable. I loved it.