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Critical Praise

“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

“Full of humor and romance, MY OXFORD YEAR has it all --- I loved it!”

—Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

“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

“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.” 


“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.”


“You’ll swoon over the sweet love story between Ella and Jamie, a young woman abroad and her professor... Heart eyes for days.”


“If you love books by Nicholas Sparks and Jojo Moyes, you’re going to swoon for Julia Whelan’s newest novel."

—Brit +