Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch
Jillian is a happy upper-middle class wife and mother. At least that’s the persona she’s determined to portray. She finally has to admit her unhappiness to herself when she hears that her ex-boyfriend, a man who was the opposite of her husband in so many ways, is getting married. Stuck in her big suburban house with only her young daughter for company while her husband is away on business and feeling ever more like a stranger, Jillian begins to wonder what it would have been like if she had stayed with Jackson instead of leaving him and marrying Henry. Would she be in a more passionate relationship? Would she have something more to do with her days than play with the baby and take yoga, perhaps have been promoted in her job at the ad agency? Suddenly Jillian finds herself seven years in the past, before she and Jack broke up, before she met Henry. She’s been given the chance for a do-over, to find out what would have happened if she had not ended thing with Jack. What if.
You don’t have to tell me that this plot sounds kind of iffy. It is the sort of thing that could either be good, or unbelievably stupid and saccharine. Luckily, Allison took this story and made it good. Very good, in fact. It was perhaps slightly odd that Jillian didn’t freak out more and consider herself completely insane when she suddenly found herself seven years in her past, but I loved the way she embraced her opportunity and tried her best to make things work out with Jackson. She was able to employ great self-examination and try to fix the things she did wrong in their relationship with her seven years of hindsight. It was when she started meeting Henry in her new old life, though, that things got really interesting, as she starts examining whether she made any similar mistakes in her relationship with him.
“Time of My Life” was fun, but thoughtful. It offered great self-examination without getting too heavy. Although I don’t personally relate to Jillian’s trapped feeling, she was written in a way that let me empathize with her easily and understand how it could have come to this. In fact, I thought there were lessons to be learned by the reader from what Jillian went through. Long story short? I loved “Time of My Life.” It was definitely smart women’s fiction.
I read this book as part of a TLC Book Tour. Check out some of the other tour hosts for more reviews. Links go to the host’s site, not to their specific review.
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