‘If I Could Turn Back Time’ by Beth Harbison

iictbt bhSTORY: 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?

REVIEW: Ramie Phillips is about to turn 38.  She is from Potomac Maryland and a middle class family.  Ramie has always been good at math.  Her father was a banker so at a young age, she learned all about the stock market.  Today, she a very nice nest egg she has earned from her savvy investing.  She works for Whitestone, a top private equity investment company.  Sadly, she lost her father when she was just 20. He had been a heavy smoker all of her life and died from the effects of that smoking.  Ramie is quite satisfied with her life at it is.  She loves her job and is happy to be single and to have no kids.

Ramie’s best friend is Sammy, a gay guy.  So, on the day before her 38th birthday, she, Sammy and some other friends were partying and sipping champagne on a boat when Ramie fell and hit her head.  When she woke up, she found herself in her bed in her childhood home and was once again a teenager.

Next, we follow Ramie through her high school graduation; her last few good times with her father knowing he will die soon; and chances to just be young again.  Through this, the reader learns about her life and her friends.

Has Ramie time traveled?  Will she be able to return?  Is it a dream and will she wake up soon?

I admit that I am not a fan of time travel scenarios.  Perhaps that is way the book dragged for me.  It started off like it was going to be a good story but it simply went downhill from there.  Even the ending was predictable.  I know that other readers have thoroughly enjoyed this book.  So, if you like time travel books, do give it a try.

Connie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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