Seven Days In June
Seven Days In June
by Tia Williams
June 1, 2021
by Grand Central Publishing
Louise’s Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Courtney’s Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Seven days to fall in love, fifteen years to forget and seven days to get it all back again… From the author of The Perfect Find, this is a witty, romantic, and sexy-as-hell new novel of two writers and their second chance at love.
Brooklynite Eva Mercy is a single mom and bestselling erotica writer, who is feeling pressed from all sides. Shane Hall is a reclusive, enigmatic, award-winning literary author who, to everyone’s surprise, shows up in New York.
When Shane and Eva meet unexpectedly at a literary event, sparks fly, raising not only their past buried traumas, but the eyebrows of New York’s Black literati. What no one knows is that twenty years earlier, teenage Eva and Shane spent one crazy, torrid week madly in love. They may be pretending that everything is fine now, but they can’t deny their chemistry-or the fact that they’ve been secretly writing to each other in their books ever since.
Over the next seven days in the middle of a steamy Brooklyn summer, Eva and Shane reconnect, but Eva’s not sure how she can trust the man who broke her heart, and she needs to get him out of New York so that her life can return to normal. But before Shane disappears again, there are a few questions she needs answered. . .
With its keen observations of Black life and the condition of modern motherhood, as well as the consequences of motherless-ness, Seven Days in June is by turns humorous, warm and deeply sensual.
An unusual love story: two people with very unstable childhoods, who find each other in the June of their senior year of high school and are separated in a traumatic event. They meet again 15 years later. So, essentially a second-chance romance trope, but such an original take on it. The magnetism between Genevieve/Eva and Shane is undeniable. And I just loved Audre, Eva’s precocious preteen daughter!
Eva and Shane are both black and are both writers (very different types of writers!) and each inspired the main character in the other’s books. Williams’ writing style was terrific, with acerbic commentary (such as her commentary on the Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn, where I once lived) interwoven with very serious topics throughout the book. The descriptions of Eva’s totally debilitating migraine pain were visceral. The scenes of black literati in NYC were so much fun.
This book was so much fun to read! I thought the characters were so uniquely written, and I was attached to Eva from the very first page! She is a fascinating, strong, and magical character herself! Not only has she been through an incredibly difficult upbringing, she also has a debilitating illness that she hides from the world.
Shane is a remarkable character in his on right as well! His character has dealt with a non-existent family and a complicated past with drugs. Somehow he beat the odds and became an astounding writer and household name. The two of them have chemistry that is undeniable and exciting to read about.
Wililams uses these characters to evoke a plethora of emotions in the reader. She tackles many heavy issues in a way that make it incredibly easy to read and understand. This book is written for every person, and it was incredibly enjoyable to read.
Thank you to Edelweiss, Netgalley, and Grand Central Publishing for the opportunity to read an advance readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
TW: alcoholism, drugs, self-harm, descriptive sex, chronic pain