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Major Motion Picture Already in Development with Temple Hill Entertainment

One of the Best Books of April for Brit + Co and Liz and Lisa!

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 it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she's offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star's presidential campaign. With the promise that she'll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she's free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is, until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day.

When Ella discovers that her English literature course will be taught by none other than that same local, Jamie Davenport, she thinks for the first time that Oxford might not be all she's envisioned. But a late-night drink reveals a connection she wasn't anticipating finding and what begins as a casual fling soon develops into something much more when Ella learns Jamie has a life-changing secret.

Immediately, Ella is faced with a seemingly impossible decision: turn her back on the man she's falling in love with to follow her political dreams or be there for him during a trial neither are truly prepared for. As the end of her year in Oxford rapidly approaches, Ella must decide if the dreams she's always wanted are the same ones she's now yearning for.

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Major Motion Picture Already in Development with Temple Hill Entertainment

One of the Best Books of April for Brit + Co and Liz and Lisa!

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 it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she's offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star's presidential campaign. With the promise that she'll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she's free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is, until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day.

When Ella discovers that her English literature course will be taught by none other than that same local, Jamie Davenport, she thinks for the first time that Oxford might not be all she's envisioned. But a late-night drink reveals a connection she wasn't anticipating finding and what begins as a casual fling soon develops into something much more when Ella learns Jamie has a life-changing secret.

Immediately, Ella is faced with a seemingly impossible decision: turn her back on the man she's falling in love with to follow her political dreams or be there for him during a trial neither are truly prepared for. As the end of her year in Oxford rapidly approaches, Ella must decide if the dreams she's always wanted are the same ones she's now yearning for.

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        "With My Oxford Year, Julia Whelan has crafted a breathtakingly perfect picture of Oxford...a read bursting with warmth, mirth, and heart. A powerfully heartbreaking and life-affirming tribute to love and to choice – to choosing love and an open-hearted approach to the world." — Entertainment Weekly, "A" review

        "My Oxford Year is a pure delight with unpredictable depths. Julia Whelan has crafted a story that is as fun and charming as it is powerful and wise. Ella Durran is a breath of fresh air and her story will stay with you long after you're done." — Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

        "...Julia Whelan's My Oxford Year, which unfolds in charming Oxfordshire and reads even better when read through a pair of thick-rimmed glasses." — Vogue.com

        "Full of humor and romance, My Oxford Year has it all—I loved it!" — Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

        "I laughed, I definitely cried, and I learned about literature and poetry in a way that made me feel a bit smarter today." — Heather Cocks, author of The Royal We

        "My Oxford Year is a funny, tender, heart-breaking coming-of-age adventure."

        Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author

        "Whelan has created a beautiful, romantic story that focuses on big ideas—love, death, poetry, and what really matters in the end." — Kirkus Reviews

        "[An] enjoyable debut...fans of One Day and Me Before You will be charmed by this warm story and Ella and Jamie's romance." — Publishers Weekly

        "My Oxford Year is an achingly beautiful debut." — Robinne Lee, author of The Idea of You

        "Vivid, smart, and utterly charming, My Oxford Year is a heartfelt journey." — Allie Larkin, author of Why Can't I Be You

        "Whelan's vivid and detailed writing about Oxford will appeal to any Anglophile longing for quaint landscapes and clotted cream with their scones. And the love story will appeal to anyone who's had to make difficult decisions." — Refinery 29

        "This debut novel has a preponderance of heart while offering respite from heady emotions with light wit. Whelan draws from her own Oxford experience, creating a richly rendered setting of not just the university's spires but of the surrounding chip shops and grubby pubs that are just as vital." — Booklist

        "This pull-at-the-heartstrings yet sexy debut novel by Whelan, an award-winning audiobook narrator, is all about the choices we make for ourselves and others. It will delight Anglophiles as well as Jojo Moyes fans." — Library Journal

        "Whelan combined the most heart-wrenching and romantic moments of every Jojo Moyes and Nicholas Sparks novel and added in her own touches of humanity and lovableness...Bring your tissues." — Travel + Leisure

        "The premise and setting lends itself to rich descriptions and plenty of fun literature references for us book nerds, showcasing Whelan's deep knowledge of both the subject and the area." — Audible

        "You'll swoon over the sweet love story between Ella and Jamie, a young woman abroad and her professor...Heart eyes for days." — HelloGiggles.com

        "If you love books by Nicholas Sparks and JoJo Moyes, you're going to swoon for Julia Whelan's newest novel.." — Brit + Co.com

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        February 12, 2018
        In Whelan’s enjoyable debut, American grad student Ella Durran seems to have it all—not only is she achieving her teenage dream of attending Oxford University for one year on a Rhodes Scholarship, but she’s doing so while working remotely on the presidential campaign of a female politician she idolizes. The only dark cloud on her horizon is the annoying presence of her English professor, Jamie Davenport. They meet when he almost runs her over with his car; later, he accidentally spills condiments all over the front of her blouse. Things go rapidly downhill from there. Naturally, Ella falls in love with Jamie, who is not only smart and sensitive but also owns a Victorian townhouse with a ballroom and drives an Aston-Martin convertible. Ella spends her days working on her dissertation on Middlemarch and her nights being romanced by Jamie. But things take a turn for the tragic, and Ella is forced to choose between her commitment to her original dream and contemplating a new future that involves much personal risk and sacrifice. The novel is so predictably plotted that the reader will not be surprised by the road Ella ultimately chooses. But fans of One Day and Me Before You will still be charmed by this warm story and Ella and Jamie’s romance.

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        A young woman starts an unexpected relationship while studying at Oxford in Whelan's debut.Ella Duran has a lot going on. After dreaming of studying at Oxford since she was a girl, she's finally there on a Rhodes scholarship, studying English language and literature from 1830-1914. She still has a career back in America, though--working in politics, where she has a chance to be the education consultant on a junior senator's campaign for president. She'll be working remotely and flying back to D.C. the second her year in Oxford ends. It all seems to be working out perfectly...but then she meets Jamie Davenport. After he runs into her in a chip shop and knocks a plate of condiments into her shirt, she thinks he's just a jerk and assumes she'll never see him again. But when she walks into her first day of class, she's dismayed to see that Jamie Davenport is her professor. Ella is soon making connections with her brainy classmates, including dramatic Charlie, pink-haired Maggie, and goofy Tom. She also begins a friendship with Jamie that soon turns into much more, although his reputation as a playboy and her short time in England make her assume that their "relationship" has an expiration date. But Jamie is charismatic and adventurous, and Ella can't help falling for him--which is why it's such a shock when she discovers that he's been hiding a huge secret. He has cancer, and now Ella must decide if their relationship will really be over when her Oxford year ends or if she wants to stay by his side through the inevitable ups and downs of his illness. Whelan describes Oxford richly, allowing readers to almost smell the chips and hear the bustle on the streets. Ella is an engaging narrator, one many readers will easily relate to, and her friends are fun, wacky characters who trade quips as quickly as if they were on Gilmore Girls. Ella and Jamie's relationship, which could so easily turn saccharine, always feels genuine, in part because the description of his illness and chemo focuses on the realistically awful details. Despite the subject matter, the story is infused with enough humor that it never feels unbearably heavy.Whelan has created a beautiful, romantic story that focuses on big ideas--love, death, poetry, and what really matters in the end.

        COPYRIGHT(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        April 1, 2018

        As early as age 13, Ohio native Ella Durran always dreamed of studying at Oxford. Now at 24, she's achieving her dream with a prestigious Rhodes scholarship to study English literature there. Just as she lands in England, she is offered a life-changing political career opportunity back in the United States when her scholarship ends in one year. Ella is feeling confident about the choices she's made to get her here and excited for her future. But then the literature professor she came to study with moves up the ranks and Jamie Davenport, the "posh prat" she had a messy run-in with, is her new professor. Starting a fun tryst with an expiration date with her new professor (something that's not considered as scandalous as in the States) seems to work perfectly for the both of them. Soon though, Ella discovers a secret of Jamie's and it has her questioning the future she's worked so hard for. VERDICT This pull-at-the-heartstrings yet sexy debut novel by Whelan, an award-winning audiobook narrator, is all about the choices we make for ourselves and others. It will delight Anglophiles as well as Jojo Moyes fans.--Melissa Keegan, Ela Area P.L., Lake Zurich, IL

        Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        April 1, 2018
        When Ella leaves for her year as a Rhodes Scholar, she expects to return to D.C. with classic Oxford memories and connections to fuel her political career. In fact, she's already agreed to consult on a presidential campaign for a promising candidate from England. She doesn't plan to have a sexy fling with her English-literature professor, or for them to fall for each other. And she certainly isn't prepared for him to reveal a diagnosis that will alter the course of their lives. This debut novel has a preponderance of heart while offering respite from heady emotions with light wit. Actor, screenwriter, and award-winning audiobook narrator Whelan draws from her own Oxford experience, creating a richly rendered setting of not just the university's spires but of the surrounding chip shops and grubby pubs that are just as vital. She ably captures a young woman finding her way when her carefully made plans come apart. A movie adaptation is on the way.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

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Major Motion Picture Already in Development with Temple Hill Entertainment

One of the Best Books of April for Brit + Co and Liz and Lisa!

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 it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she's offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star's presidential campaign. With the promise that she'll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she's free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is, until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue...

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