Monday 7 November 2022

The next best day by Sharon Sala

Narrated by Amy Rubinate

Publication date Nov 8, 2022

Running time 11 hrs

Publisher. Tantor Audio

Romantic fiction / to review

This was romantic fiction with really dark undertones, so dark that I wanted to cry several times. It was one of the toughest beginnings I have read.

It starts with a school shooting, very traumatic, and Katie suffers from ptsd for the rest of the book. That, together with her fiance leaving her, makes her move to a small town. To see if she can ever teach again.

Bad things happens in small towns too, though this time at least not to her. Just crime gone bad.

But she finds a new meaning in life. New strength, and a budding romance with the hot single dad across the street.

Very low on actual romance, and more on dramatic relationships and suspense here and there. But there is a HEA. And she so needed happiness.

I liked it, but that beginning is tough.

Good narration, she kept me in it all the way through

A fresh start for a young teacher to build the life she's dreamt of

A second chance at romance for a single dad

The warm and uplifting small-town community cheering them on

After two back-to-back life-changing events, first grade teacher Katie McGrath left Albuquerque for a fresh start in Borden's Gap, Tennessee. She is finally back in the classroom where she belongs, but it will take a little while for her to heal and feel truly like herself. She'll need to dig deep to find the courage it takes to try again—in life and in love—but with some help from her neighbor Sam Youngblood and his adorable daughters who bring her out of her shell, her future is looking brighter than she dared imagine.


  1. I feel like this would make me cry

  2. I haven't read this author before but this sounds like such an emotional journey.

  3. I hate school shootings even in books. This has similarities with another book I read with this kind of premise.

    1. It was so sad, and yes it is real, but in romance it feels weird

  4. A school shooting is such a tough subject, but I've found that it can be rife with transformational journeys for the characters involved. I read Only Child by Rhiannon Navin earlier this year, and it dealt with a shooting too. It was told from the POV of one of the kids, so it was diluted a bit by his innocence. Still, it was quite hard to read.

    1. I think I could have dealt better if it had not been packed with the romance later on. I have read some good YA books with the subject and it is gut wrenching

  5. Wouldn't be able to get past the school shooting, that's too much heavy for me in a romance book!

  6. WOW! That is dark. I definitely couldn't handle it. But I'm glad you were able to enjoy it after the rough beginning.

  7. Sounds like a book I read recently. Sad for so long but a good HEA for everyone involved.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  8. Oh wow, yep I'd be crying. Lovely review Linda. This is one I would have to be in the right frame of mind for.

    1. Thank you :) Oh yes, I was not at the right place for that start



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