When I first started reading Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch I thought it was just going to be a fun novel of a woman being given the opportunity to travel back in time to her past and relive it but it turned out to be so much more than that. This novel has so many intricacies to it especially having to do with relationships with your spouse, your children, your parents, and most importantly yourself.
Jillian is drowning in married life. Married with baby Katie, Jillian feels that all that her marriage was when it started out has fizzled out. Then one morning she wakes up in her past, seven years ago to be exact at a time when she was living with her ex-boyfriend Jack; before she had met her now husband Henry. Jillian sees this situation for what it is. She’s been given a second chance to change her life. She still fantasizes about what might have been with Jack and now she can steer her life towards that as she’s gone into the past with all her current knowledge of the last seven years.
While there are some positive things that Jillian is able to change, there are a lot of instances where she’s thinking back to her life and wondering if it was really that bad. She’s back at her job as an executive thinking that’s what she really wanted when she was home with a baby everyday but really, does she want to be spending all her time logging in long hours and having no life? Was her fantasy of Jack much more enticing than the real thing? How many times do we look back at our past and make it seem so much better than it had really been? I know I’ve done it and so might have Jillian. Could it be that Henry really was the man she was meant to be with all along? And what about baby Katie? Can she really live without ever holding that little girl again?
Jillian is an easy character to like. From the beginning I liked her and felt invested in her journey to find herself. As a child, Jillian’s mother had left her family. Consequently Jillian has spent her life trying to be perfect and doing what everyone expected of her so that they would love her and not leave. What she discovered on this journey back in her past is that she is the one that needed fixing, not everything and everyone around her. What she realized is that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. She realized that ‘what if’ isn’t always all that it’s cracked up to be.
I read The Department of Lost and Found by Allison Winn Scotch ages ago and she captured my attention then as a favorite author and she did it again with Time of My Life. There is something about Allison’s writing that just seems to pull you into her stories and make you feel like you’re there. While time travel may not be a realistic concept, the message in this book is – live your life without regrets – live your life true to yourself and who you are.
I read Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch for her TLC Book Tour so many thanks to Lisa with TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to participate. I was excited to read this novel and I was not at all disappointed. Be sure to pop over and visit Allison’s website here and her book is available to be purchased here in the US and here in Canada. Don’t forget to check out the other tour stops for Time of My Life here.