Review: If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison

By Musing the Manuscript - 6:00 am


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?


Rating: 3/5

It took me about three chapters to get into this story, and I was tempted just to give up because it isn't really the type of book that I would normally choose to read. But, I decided to finish it and was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did - even though the character was constantly questioning herself and her experiences (which is natural, considering she essentially knew she was thirty eight, even though she was re-living her eighteen year old self's experiences).

If I Could Turn Back Time is well written, has strong characters and a solid plot. It does contain sex scenes.

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 28 July 2015
Format: Hardcover
RRP: $26.99 USD

I received an ebook from the publishers via Netgalley for the purposes of a review, this review is my own personal view and is not required to be positive.

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