Image: Amazon.com cover
If you could go back in time to fix something in your life, would you do it? The Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton and Lise Steinke, takes a novel look at this question.
Three close women friends, who are about to turn 50, get a chance to go back 10 years to right the wrongs in their lives. Jesse lost her marriage when she confessed to an affair. Gabriela lost a chance at motherhood when she chose to focus on being a best-selling author. Claire lost control of her daughter in the wake of her mother's death. All three hope to go back in time (with the help of a magician) and make better choices.
Now here's the catch. After one year in "do-over" time, the three ladies must decide whether to stay and live their "new" life or go back to turning 50 and accept things as they went the first time around. To add tension, they must all stay or all go back together.
This is a five-star book for me, because I loved all the drama of relationships gone awry and the friendship between the three women. At first, going back and righting their wrongs seems to happen with a magical ease, but the "butterfly effect" soon complicates things. By the end of the book, you don't know whether these ladies should stay or go.
Fans of Liane Moriarity, author of The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies, would enjoy The Year We Turned Forty. (Anyone else counting down the days until the release of Moriarity's Truly, Madly, Guilty?)
On a different topic, I am a guest blogger today over at children's author, Stephanie Faris with Rodents and Your Car, A Recipe For Disaster. You probably have no idea how delectable your go-buggy is to little critters with big teeth. Paul and Laura Alderson suffer the consequences of such an invasion in the short story Monitor, available in Heart Stopper and Other Stories at Amazon.com.
Image: Cover from Amazon.com
Come August 9, Stephanie will have a release of her own with the Piper Morgan chapter book series. Go here for more details.
Personally, I wouldn't dare go back in time to fix anything. I'm pretty sure I would only make things worse. How about you? Have you ever had to deal with a rodent invasion in your car, garage, or home? What worked best to get rid of them?