Published by St. Martin's Press on July 28th 2015
Genres: Chick Lit
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Told with Beth Harbison's wit and warmth, If I Could Turn Back Time is the fantasy of every woman who has ever thought, "If I could go back in time, knowing what I know now, I'd do things so differently..."
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?
You know me and always trying to compare everything to fic. The reason why I wanted to read If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison is because the summary reminded me–in a way–of a fic that I loved very much back in the day. I didn’t like this book nearly as much as that story, and I wonder if I went in thinking it was going to be so much better than it was.
You have to admit that you’ve thought about what it would be like if you could go back in time–to high school or college. What would you do over? Would you change anything? If I Could Turn Back Time answers these questions.
Thirty-something Ramie is reflecting on her life when she has a little too much to drink and slips overboard into the river. She wakes up, 18 years old, in her childhood home. She has to renavigate through her senior year and maybe right some wrongs, but definitely find herself again.
I really loved the idea for this story. I felt like it drug on a little too long, and I wasn’t crazy about her as a character. But it was definitely fun to think about going back to a simpler time (though it totally didn’t feel that way, then!) and think about my friends and the fun we had.
This book is for anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to go back in time. If you like this kind of story, I can definitely recommend some great fic to read, too.