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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