10. Jun, 2016

Time after Time - By Hannah McKinnon

Hayley Cooper, a powerful but now struggling lawyer, fantasizes about what her life would be like if only if she’d made different choices. It’s understandable; the past two years have been hell. She barely sees her kids, her boss is trying to sabotage her, and her marriage is falling apart.

Burnt out, Hayley goes to sleep wishing for a different life. When she wakes up married to her first boyfriend, one she has not seen in over twenty years, she realizes there might be some truth in the saying “be careful what you wish for”. Over a single weekend, like Ebenezer Scrooge, Hayley gets to see her life on other side of the white picket fence – not just with her first ex, but with each of her past loves. But is the grass always greener, and will she ever want to go home?

Review

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like, had you married your first ever boyfriend? Ever wondered where you’d be now, had you gone down a different path? Well Hayley Cooper did - but she didn’t factor in front row seats to the spectacle of what her life could have been, if she hadn’t married her husband, Rick.

Married with two kids, Hayley is stuck in a bit of a rut. She’s working all hours to provide for her family and rarely gets home in time to see her children before they go to bed. Her boss is out to get her and is making her working life a living hell.

After an argument with her husband, she storms out to her best friend Ellen’s house, where she gets drunk and ponders the what ifs of her life. Ellen has been Hayley’s best friend since - forever and, with her husband - Mark, is the perfect shoulder to cry on, the voice of reason. They have been with Hailey through all of her relationships and they just want her to be happy, which they know, deep down, she is with Rick - despite the rough patch they seem to going through.

The next morning, hungover, Hayley wakes up ready to make things right with Rick - only it’s not Rick in bed beside her and so begins the weekend of what could have beens, waking up beside each of her ex-boyfriends and starting Saturday all over again - in a very Groundhog Day meets Sliding Doors kinda way.

I enjoyed this book immensely, it was something different, from the normal chick-lit genre, and it had me laughing one minute and in tears the next. It definitely got me thinking about my own life, leaving me feeling very grateful for my own husband and children.

I thought Hayley was a strong, likeable character and she made a great leading lady. She was a bit lost but, with the help of the ghost of what could have been, she managed to get back on track of where she wanted to be. I really enjoyed switching from the past to the present, and it definitely helped me understand the story better and see why things went wrong the first time round.

A fantastic debut novel by Hannah, I really can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

A well-deserved 5 stars!

Meet Hannah

I was born in 1971 in Manchester, UK to British & Swiss parents. A year later they moved my older sister and I to Switzerland. Rather unsurprisingly I love mountains, chocolate and cheese... or mountains of chocolate and cheese, and my sister, of course.

As a slightly rebellious, rather moody and very ambitious teenager, I remember telling Dad I'd own a company one day. "What kind of company?" he asked. "I don't know," I replied, "but I'll have one." Well, that dream became partially true at least, but it took me a while to get there.

After finishing commercial studies in Geneva I worked as a PA for DuPont. A year later I moved to Neuchâtel and became the Purchasing Manager for an ultra-cool company that made motors for industrial and space applications.

Finding myself lacking in theoretical knowledge, I returned to university, studying part-time for a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. And then a friend of a friend introduced me to another friend who'd started up an IT recruitment business. BANG! That took care of my career for the next fifteen years as I rose through the ranks to become CEO and a shareholder. And I finally owned (okay, okay, a tiny bit of) a company.

Things outside of work were never boring either. A chance encounter back in the dark ages of the Internet in 1999 led me down the aisle with Rob, my Canadian rock, just five months later. Actually it was exactly ten weeks after we met face-to-face at the Saint John airport in New Brunswick, Canada - and we're still married. True story. Our first son was born in 2003, followed by identical twin boys just sixteen months later, which means I'm heavily outnumbered.

In 2010 Rob and I decided to move to Oakville in Ontario, Canada. Maybe it was the failed attempt at a start-up company, or the fact I suddenly found myself in my forties, but one morning I decided to follow my oldest passion, started writing, and never wanted to look back.

I write fiction for adults and children's books, and sometimes I think I'll never have enough time to get all of the crazy ideas out of my head and on paper. I also have a soft spot for short stories and mud runs. I love mud runs... hey, wait... that's another story I could write...!

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