Tuesday, 22 April 2014
If I could turn back time - Nicola Doherty
Thanks for stopping by at The Book Corner for my first Bookbridgr blog tour, and a huge thank you to Fran for adding me in at short notice!
My stop on the tour also includes an exclusive blog post from Nicola Doherty the author of this fabulous book!
If I Could Turn Back Time by Nicola Doherty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
'What if you found The One, then lost him again?
Or not so much lost him as became the neurotic, needy girlfriend from hell. The girl who tried to make him choose between her and his job, and got seriously paranoid about his relationship with his best female friend...
Zoe knows she doesn't deserve another chance with David. But if there's the tiniest possibility of making things right, she'll snatch it. Even if it means breaking the laws of physics to do so.'
This is the first book I have read by Nicola, I was unsure what to expect. The blurb really grabbed me and I thought I would give it a go, I am so glad I did!
This has to be one of the quickest books I have ever read! I would put it in the same category as Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk! The writing style makes it very easy to loose track of time and spend a whole day devouring the book. It flows fantastically and I felt that you could really connect to Zoe, the main character.
To begin with I was a little unsure of how the story was going to pan out, everything seemed to be doubling up, Zoe has gone back in time, making a wish and we seem to get double conversations which began to become annoying. However saying that it was as if Nicola knew this would become the case and quickly dropped doubling up, which I found a lot better. Occasionally we slipped back into 'past' events and conversations, but these worked in relation to what was happening in the book.
As the reader, we know how Zoe's 6 months should pan out - we have seen it and now she has a chance to go back and change things for the better, but are they for the better?
I really felt myself getting involved in Zoe's life and wanting things to change for the better, I loved how she managed to gain a new job by making fashion 'predictions' and at times felt I was cringing at how this was turning out. Something that every good chick lit needs in my opinion! I connected with Zoe on every level, I liked how down to earth she is and how she now uses a book to help her try to keep hold of David... the main reason she wanted a second chance!
My favourite part of the book was around Zoe with her job, for me this made the book, I loved how she got thrown into the deep end and ended up getting deeper and deeper into situations she found hard to get out of. I also loved that she dropped in some little 'white lies' that caught up with her and borrowed THAT dress! Which of cause you knew was going to end up in a disaster but didn't mind that it was predictable as you knew it would be funny. This really made me think of Rebecca Bloomwood in The shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella.
I began to hate Jenny, argh!! she is the most annoying person ever and I wanted to give her a good slap for Zoe myself! I also felt genuinely sorry for Zoe's relationship with David, three is definitely a crowd! Really could David not see this was weird???
Max, argh Max is another wonderful character! You can feel the tension and the developing bond between Zoe and Max and are just hoping they work things out. I loved the part of the book where they go to the beach with Max's friends, I feel this was a key eye opener for Zoe and also for the reader to begin to fall in love with him.
I loved the story and didn't want to put it down, I was intrigued as to how Nicola was going to end the story and for me this was the only negative, I found it fell a bit flat and could have gone a completely different way.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good chick lit! This book is certainly going to make you smile and wish you had your own Max! I will definitely be on the look out for more titles by Nicola and she will be taking a firm place on my book shelf. I'm just sad that I have come to the end of 'If I could turn back time' and wish it never had to end.
I would like to thank the publisher for introducing me to a fab chick lit author, and for squeezing me into the blog tour!
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