Friday, October 23, 2015

If I Could Turn Back Time - Review & Giveaway

Review by Marlene Engel
Ramie has a life than many only dream of.  At 38 years old, she has a successful career and rubs elbows with the rich and famous.  Much different than the middle-class lifestyle she grew up in.  But the older she gets, the more she realizes that something’s missing.  While on a boat with friends, she consumes one too many drinks and decides to dive into the water.  The next thing she knows, she’s back in her childhood bed being woken up for school.  School?  Wait!  How did that happen?

She comes to realize that it’s the eve of her eighteenth birthday.  But how could that be?  It must be a dream, but she’s not waking up.  So she just goes with it.  Hey, being 18 again with a flat stomach, smooth skin and the smarts of a 38 year old?  This may not be a bad thing after all.  She starts to wonder if she changes some things in the past, if it will affect her future differently.  Maybe she can prevent her father’s death.  Or change the outcome of the relationship she had with her high school sweetheart. 

Let’s be honest.  Who hasn’t thought … what if I did this differently?  Would things have turned out better?  Or, if I had a time machine, I’d go back to (fill in the blank) and change that.  But what many of us don’t think about is how the choices we made, no matter good or bad, have shaped the person we are today.  And if we could go back in time, how the changes would affect our future and the future of those close to us.  It’s a true tale of shoulda, woulda, coulda.  Though true to Beth Harbison form, the book was fun, witty and highly entertaining, she also got you thinking.  I found myself putting the book down and pondering if I would’ve done things the same as Ramie.  And, to be honest, I don’t know how I would’ve handled things if I were in her position. 

Once again Beth Harbison writes a book worthy of accolades. With characters you can relate to and a story that has you laughing one minute and puts you in serious thought the next, this book is one that should be on everyone’s To Be Read list. 

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About the Author:
BETH HARBISON is the New York Times bestselling author of Driving with the Top Down; Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger; When in Doubt, Add Butter; Always Something There to Remind Me; Thin, Rich, Pretty; Hope in a Jar; Secrets of a Shoe Addict; and Shoe Addicts Anonymous. She grew up in Potomac, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C., and now divides her time between that suburb, New York City, and a quiet home on the Eastern Shore.

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25 comments:

  1. If I could go back in time, I would want my brother to still be here. He passed away four years ago. Other than that, I would not really want to change things because they have all brought me to where I am today.

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  2. There are a lot of things I would change. Too many to list here. But for one, I would have stayed in school.

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  3. No, I wouldn't change any thing. I would love to meet my grand parents, they died before I was born.

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  4. I would change some things for sure.

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  5. I would want to change some very sad things, but overall I am happy with my life and wouldn't want to lose what I have now through changes.

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  6. I would not want my sister to have had cancer or have her baby pass shortly after birth. I would not have wanted the health issue I have been dealing with to have come about. But I am thrilled I met my husband so I guess things turned out the way they were meant to be. Everything I have been thru makes me who I am now.

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  7. I think everything happens for a reason and if I were to change anything in my past, things may have turned out worse.

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  8. No, I wouldn't change anything. Everything that has happened has been good or bad but was an instrumental part of my growth.
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  9. Who says I haven't already gone back in time and changed things? ;)

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  10. I would have wanted a better relationship with family. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. i would only change the fact that I didnt go away to college to get that experience

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  12. I have a bunch of regrets, all in my adult life. One thing I would change is that I would be more careful with money.

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  13. I have had a good life and I wouldn't change a thing!

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  14. I would change some things for sure, hindsight is 20/20

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  15. I wouldn't change a thing. Lovely husband and four fantastic kids xx

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  16. I wouldn't change a thing. Lovely husband and four fantastic kids xx

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  17. Yes, I can think of a few things I would change.

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  18. There are a lot of things I'd like to change if I could go back in time, starting with I would like to have not made marriage mistakes that I did (I picked the same wrong guy type three times). I wish I had made better choices.

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  19. I would strive to consistently stay in the best health at all times.

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  20. This looks so good! I probably wouldn't change anything since that would change who I am now and I kind of like myself (most of the time).

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  21. I like my life right now, so I don't think I would choose to change anything.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  22. Because of everything that happened to me in the past, I wouldn't be the strong and slightly independent woman I am now today. I think the only thing I would change is focusing more on being active and less about eating so much junk.

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  23. Jill (Seaside Book Nook)October 28, 2015 at 6:35 AM

    The biggest thing I would change....not to move away after college. I wish I would have stayed back home.

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