Saturday, August 1, 2015

If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison

What They Say....Thirty-seven year old Ramie Phillips has led a very successful life. She made her fortune and now she hob nobs with the very rich and occasionally the semi-famous, and she enjoys luxuries she only dreamed of as a middle-class kid growing up in Potomac, Maryland. But despite it all, she can't ignore the fact that she isn't necessarily happy. In fact, lately Ramie has begun to feel more than a little empty. 

On a boat with friends off the Florida coast, she tries to fight her feelings of discontent with steel will and hard liquor. No one even notices as she gets up and goes to the diving board and dives off...

Suddenly Ramie is waking up, straining to understand a voice calling in the distance...It's her mother: "Wake up! You're going to be late for school again. I'm not writing a note this time..."  

Ramie finds herself back on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, with a second chance to see the people she's lost and change the choices she regrets. How did she get back here? Has she gone off the deep end? Is she really back in time? Above all, she'll have to answer the question that no one else can: What it is that she really wants from the past, and for her future?

What I Say....This was such a cute book.  Ramie is living the good life, out on a yacht, celebrating her upcoming birthday.   One of her best friends and partner in crime announces her pregnancy, leading to a moment of discontent for Ramie.  Although her career is going very well, she still hasn't found "The One", leading her to wonder if she's done her whole life all wrong,

A tipsy walk off the plank, and next thing she knows, she is waking up in her childhood bedroom, being woken up for her last few days of high school.

As Ramie tries to take in everything that is happening, she realizes she may have a chance to redo some of her teenaged decisions.  The biggest one is breaking up with her high school boyfriend, Brendan.

Seeing Brendan brings back a lot of the excitement of first teenaged love, complete with teenaged hormones.

Going back in time also gives Ramie a chance to have some heart to hearts with her father, who she knows will die in two years.

The setup was really great, and I even started to think that maybe the real reason that Ramie came back in time was to help change her father's fate.

Towards the end of the book, Ramie makes a jump skip to another point in time to see where her life would be if she HAD married Brendan.  Spoiler alert, it's not good.

As a woman about the same age as Ramie, I loved this book.  I think we all tend to look back and think, 'what if?".  But hopefully, real love is still out there for me, just like it was for Ramie.

Current Goodreads Rating 3.52  - I gave it 4 stars.

Thanks for the ARC copy for an honest review!

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