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Just One Year

Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Shane East
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
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From New York Times best-selling author Penelope Ward comes a new stand-alone novel.

The beginning of my sophomore year in college was off to a rough start.

On the first day of orientation, I had an altercation with an infuriating British dude in a campus bathroom.

(The ladies’ room was out of order. So, I used the men’s room. Don’t judge.)

I got home later that night and realized that the foreign student we were expecting to rent a room in my parents’ house was allergic to our cat.

So, the spare room went to someone else: Caleb - the British guy from the men’s room.

And so it began...my love-hate story with Caleb Yates. Or was it hate-love in that order?

The guy knew how to push every one of my buttons.

Sometimes I’d email him to express my aggravation and disdain.

He’d actually rewrite my own words and send them back to me.

That was the type of infuriating person Caleb was.

So frustrating.

And...

Sometimes incredibly funny and endearingly sweet.

And hot.

He eventually grew on me, and Caleb soon became one of my best friends that year.

Too bad he was headed back to England soon, so nothing could happen between us - for so many reasons.

I definitely couldn't fall in love with him, especially since all we had was just one year.

©2019 Penelope Ward (P)2020 Penelope Ward Books, Inc.

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So Beautiful 💕💕

Omg this story was amazing beautiful heart 💓 wrenching. Sad intense. Just brilliant. I love the characters and loved their support unit . It was a awesome ride . So glad I tagged along. Perfect 💕❤️💋❤️💕

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  • Wendy L.
  • 26-02-2020

Beautifully Fantastic

Penelope Ward has done it again, a fabulous read with all the feelings one could ask for. I have a strange new addiction to s'mores :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-2020

Predictable.....

Penelope Ward is an amazing writer, but this one just did not hit it out of the park for me. Definitely a little disappointing. Story is cute.

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  • Mayzone
  • 27-02-2020

Sexy and British...yes please!!!

This is definitely a serious slow burning friends to lovers romance, heart-achingly beautiful when they get there. Towards the end I just had to finish so stayed up late on this one, needed to get to that HEA!! Shane East-why I wish there were more books for you to narrate...just love him!!

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  • Natalie Livers
  • 27-02-2020

Sweetness overload!

I loved this beautifully broken couple and their story. I couldn’t turn it off once it started. I know I will listen to this one over and over.

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  • Suzi Vanderham
  • 25-02-2020

Beautiful Story & A Must Listen!

Every once in awhile there is a story that comes along and gives you "All the Feels" and Penelope Ward hit it out of the park with this novel about young love. Two characters who have their own baggage and heartache as children that find each other as adults in a fate-driven circumstance. While the story text alone is great, the narration team of Andi Arndt & Shane East completely gave a homerun performance making the words come to life. Andi is always great at turning a detached character like Teagen a space to belong and turning on all your emotions for her happiness to survive. Shane is impeccable in his delivery of not just the comedic, smart alec lines that Caleb spouts from emails & texts, but in the loss, heartbreak & falling in love moments quietly spoken.

All the feels is the best statement for this novel! Definitely going into the "repeat listen" category!

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  • Danielle
  • 01-04-2020

Solid 4 stars!

I was a little torn on rating this one. Very early on in the book, Caleb has a girlfriend (of sorts) while developing feelings for our heroine (Teagen). I just don't like books where they are flirty while involved with someone else. However, the story line and timing progressed in a way that I was able to get past that initial dislike.

I definitely liked Teagen even though she could be maddening at times. But, she had some issues she needed to work through. As did Caleb. I liked this couple together and was even happy with the eventual HEA.

Narration was well done from both.

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  • LexiMuse
  • 30-03-2020

Sweet, funny, and sad romance of an exchange student and host family daughter

This story is mostly set in Boston and involves Caleb, a cocky British exchange student with major guilt issues and an abusive, alcoholic father and Teegan, the oldest daughter of the host family, who is very bright, but has major self image and abandonment issues. The plot is pretty predictable, they are attracted to each other, resist but become friends until they can’t resist and fall in love. But at the end of the school year his student Visa ends and he must leave. A chain of events occurs that keep them apart for 6 months but eventually they reunite by phone, email, Skype and finally in person. Some interesting twists to the backstories but must admit the one thing that bothered me was their obvious lack of even considering to work on a long distance relationship or for Teegan or Caleb to proposing she take coursework for a year as an exchange student in UK sooner when it would have been a good option. He still could have worked on his issues. Another incongruity was that while their HEA sounded great, not sure how that quick comment on her completing her degree would work with her chosen career. Marine biology usually needs grad school and University of Rhode Island or Woods Hole are near Boston. In the story Teegan says she was accepted to Harvard but chose their school Northern for the better program in her field and the scholarship. If that bright presumably she would have had a scholarship at both schools. “Northern” maybe an alias for “Northeastern” or some fake one but not sure the rational of it having a “better program than Harvard” works as an undergrad when grad school is surely what counts. How amazing is it that the new school near Stratford in England has a comparable marine biology program! The narration was great though as both are real pros I wish they had been written to be done duet style instead of duo. It was worth the credit but will also be a great choice in the future for the Escape Package.

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  • Rachel Morris
  • 29-03-2020

I really enjoyed the touching connections

This us a story about human connections. I live the way it developed. Super hot too.

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  • NICOLE J GUILIANO
  • 28-03-2020

Amazing

I loved this book so much. I'm sad that it ended. I want to read more about all of the characters in this book. Thank you for writing such an amazing love story.

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  • IceWanda
  • 26-03-2020

Great read... enjoyed it

It's a fun listen ... about a couple who couldn't be together. He's only visiting for a year.

At times I felt the story progressed too slowly. They had a year together. I can do a lot in a year... ya, too slow for my liking.

It is a good romantic listen.

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  • christine
  • 06-03-2020

Great

Such a wonderful story so much emotion and so many funny bits will definitely have to try s’mores lol great voices too x

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  • debbie
  • 26-02-2020

A lovely read

I love Penelope’s books and whilst this book was good for me the romance in it was too slow of a burner, I fact so slow that I found that once I started to enjoy them finally getting together that the book was ended lol. The story line was good and I liked the way the author developed a strong friendship and bond between them so that no matter what happened they would always find a way back to one another.

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  • Kelly Farrand
  • 26-02-2020

not the best

I love this author alot but the British accents in this book are very annoying. no one from London whom lived the life the main character did would talk like that. As the book went along it became more and more irritating.