My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan

My Oxford Year

Set 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 life since she was thirteen: Study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made i...

Details My Oxford Year

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

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...
  • KAS
    I have never been able to write the following statement in a review before ... “This was an unputdownable listen !” Having going in blind, of course, I had no idea what to expect, but I can tell you I would have never guessed what unfolded before me. The storyline is not just about the romance. There is real substance, real meat on the bones, which I crave. To say this was captivating is an understatement. I completely fell in love with the ...
  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
    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...
  • Jenna
    It’s not that there was anything...egregiously wrong with this, it’s just that it wasn’t what I was looking for. I grossly overshot in my quest for a *slightly*-lighter beach read. Who gives a f@&k about an Oxford Comma?* - Well, I do! I’m a fairly... let’s say serious person, and I thought this book would be a beach read for People Like Me. Alas, no: it is Mr. Nicholas Sparks Goes to Oxford. It is A Walk (in Oxford) to Remember. I feel...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    An unexpected enjoyable story, heartbreaking at moments but also heartwarming. I went into this book completely blind and it ended up being something I did not imagine.Ella has temporarily moved to England to attend Oxford, as soon as she completes her studies she plans to go back to the States to fulfill a promising career. However, her plans are trumped when she meets the intriguing Jamie Davenport. What follows is a story of love, pain, and ne...
  • Brandice
    My Oxford Year is a first person narrative of Ella from Ohio, a Rhodes Scholar, spending her allotted time at Oxford. Already at age 24, she has an impressive resume in the political sphere, yet chooses to study literature during her time in England. Ella is immediately swept up in the rich, historic tradition of Oxford. One of her classes is taught by a young, handsome Englishman, Jamie Davenport. She tries to balance classes with a pending job ...
  • Jennifer
    Worth the attention in my opinion. A frenemy-turn-lovers story written underneath Whelan's love note to Oxford. So glad I finally decided to read it! ...and I heard this was becoming a movie! My favorite quote:“Losing someone is hard enough. But death without the process of dying is an abomination. It takes nine months to create life; it feels unnatural, a sin against nature, that the reverse shouldn’t also have its time. Time to let go of th...
  • Elyse Walters
    2018-09-05 by authorJulia WhelanJulia is terrific with a slight detached sound to her voice. Other times she has a kick-ass attitude which comes across in her sounds...always changing her voice range & emotional manifestation to fit the prose she wrote. She does this well.The book has some intellectual academic charm...with love in the Oxford air. Heartwarming!3.5. I enjoyed it...not Earth Shaking — but enjoyable!!!!
  • 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...
  • Maddison
    I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.I had really high hopes for "My Oxford Year," but upon finishing it, I really can't bear to give it more than a single star. Where do I even begin?So much of this story is unbelievable, and not in a good way. I wasn't convinced that the main character was (A) a Rhodes scholar, (B) 24-going-on-25 years old, and (C) being recruited by an American presidential candidate's team based on a single artic...
  • Melanie A.
    3.5 STARS I've just lived years of my life in those eyes. Soooooo . . .Unpopular opinion ahead. . .Here's the premise: "You're the hypercompetitive American, a Rhodes scholar no less, who sees Oxford as a series of hurdles to clear like levels in some video game, and I? I'm the hypocritical poetry scholar, espousing grand theories of love whilst shagging a different wench every night." Sounds so good, right? Unfortunately, despite being we...
  • Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
    ****4 STARS****I went into this book completely blind. I didn’t even read the blurb. Someone on Facebook stated this novel was on sale for $1.99 so I brought it. Nothing more, nothing less.My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan had been sitting on my kindle for about 8 months or so before opened it up. I wish I would have read it sooner.I’m going to keep this one pretty, pretty.Click the link to read more here. Remember to follow all things messy. . ...
  • Robin Hill
    There's a sentence in the blurb that's wholly responsible for landing this book on my Do Not Read list. I'm not going to divulge it—in case you're considering going in blind (which I recommend). I took said sentence as a warning, and while I appreciated being "warned," I almost missed out on a fantastic book because of it. Sampling the audio is what changed my mind. It's stellar...and narrated by the author herself who was an actress and narrat...
  • 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 ...
  • Antoinette
    Why did I choose this book to read- simple: location, location, location. I have been to Oxford a few times now and I love the city and all that it represents-higher learning and history. What I like best about this book was revisiting the streets and places that I knew and had been to.The bad news- I really did not care for anything else in this book. The main character, Ella, totally annoyed me. She was just too immature for words, but supposed...
  • Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
    But the hardest thing is staying. The hardest thing is living with dying. Loving with dying. 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. — Julia Whelan, My Oxford Year..This is a command, add this to your tbr list ASAP!!! Please, please don’t let the year pass without reading this book, please! You’ll not regret...
  • 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...
  • Maureen
    This book was....ok. I think that’s the best way to describe it. There were parts that warmed my heart and parts that made me feel, but for the most part? Pretty mediocre. Which is pretty disappointing because this book seemingly ticked all my boxes. ESPECIALLY AN AMERICAN IN OXFORD.I never felt attached to any of the characters, and I think this is in part because of the odd pacing of the book. Instead of us watching the two main characters fa...
  • Anja H.
    *4.25 SELF-DISCOVERING STARS*This has never been more true for me: Never judge a book by its cover.Judging by the cover, I thought this was going to be your average cheesy contemporary romance. Now, having finished this with tears in my eyes, I realize I was wrong, so so wrong. “But the hardest thing is staying. The hardest thing is living with dying. Loving with dying. The hardest thing is love, with no expiration date, no qualifiers, no safe...
  • Libby
    4.5 stars rounded up. As Eleanor Durran (Ellie) lands at Heathrow, on her way to Oxford with a Rhodes scholarship, I am immediately drawn into her story. A tale for romantics and book nerds ( a club to which I heartily belong), a holiday in England begins swirling in my mind; I could see with my own eyes the Lake District where poets like Wordsworth and Coleridge drew inspiration, and Oxford, of course, site of many a fantastical yarn. Googling i...
  • Bookphenomena (Micky)
    I give my reasons below in the spoilers as to why this book made me angry (not the topic) and I by no means intend to invalidate anyone else’s experience reading this book, this is just my experience.(view spoiler)[ I am an academic in palliative and end of life care, my doctoral studies are in the same. This is underpinned by 20 years of having the privilege of walking the journey towards death with patients in my care, hundreds of patients. I...
  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
    3.5-4 ★'s “I came to Oxford for a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience. I chose to experience a lifetime.”Obviously, the title gives you an idea of what the story is about and when Ella meets Jamie, you know he is a foregone conclusion. Unfortunately, after that things get muddled. Ella is a poli sci and history grad taking a school year at Oxford studying English literature 1830-1914. 'Nuff said? Yes, it's all that and more. The author writes abo...
  • 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!
  • NMmomof4
    3 StarsOverall Opinion: Welp. This is me, shooting myself in the foot! I found the gem with my Scribd app after seeing some GR friends raving reviews about the audiobook. I like audiobooks every once in a while, but I much prefer to read -- so when I found this ebook as part of my membership I jumped all over it! The author has won awards on her storytelling abilities in audiobook format, so I definitely think I needed to experience it as an audi...
  • Renee
    *6 stars*Still gobsmacked, need to process before writing a coherent review.
  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    Heads up people: if you look at this cover and think it will be a fun, light, chick flick’re wrong. Prior to reading this novel, that was my exact impression from judging by the cover (do not do that). This book. Oh, this book. I seriously do not think this book will get the credit or acknowledgment or praise that it deserves solely because of how lighthearted it looks from the outside. This story is way more than ‘lighthearted’...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)
    Soooo.....I don't know. I'm speechless, because this isn't what I thought it was going to be. This wasn't entirely what I signed up for. So I somehow have to weed through the fact that I was looking for a certain type of story, but I actually got something else entirely....Give me like, a solid day to reconcile my combative feelings here, and I'll return for an actual review.