Time of My Life

Time of My Life

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Jillian Westfield has the perfect suburban life straight out of the upscale women's magazines that she obsessively reads. She's got the modern-print rugs of Metropolitan Home , the elegant meals from Gourmet , the clutter-free closets out of Real Simple , and the elaborate Easter egg hunts seen in Parents . With her successful investment banker husband behind the wheel and her cherubic eighteen-month-old in the backseat, hers could be the family in the magazines' glossy Range Rover ads.

Yet somehow all of the how-to magazine stories in the world can't seem to fix her faltering marriage, banish the tedium of days spent changing diapers, or stop her from asking, "What if?"

Then one morning Jillian wakes up seven years in the past. Before her daughter was born. Before she married Henry. Suddenly she's back in her post-grad school Ikea-furnished Manhattan apartment. She's back in her fast-paced job with the advertising agency. And she's still with Jackson, the ex-boyfriend and star of her what-if fantasies.

Armed with twenty-twenty hindsight, she's free to choose all over again. She can use the zippy ad campaigns from her future to wow the clients and bosses in her present. She can reconnect with the mother who abandoned her so many years before. She can fix the fights at every juncture that doomed her relationship with Jackson. Or can she?

With each new choice setting off a trajectory of unforeseen consequences, Jillian soon realizes that getting to happily ever after is more complicated than changing the lines in her part of the script. Happiness, it turns out, isn't an either-or proposition. As she closes in on all the things she thought she wanted, Jillian must confront the greatest what-if of all: What if the problem was never Henry or Jackson, but her?

Sharp, funny, and heartwarming, Time of My Life will appeal to anyone who has ever wanted to redo the past and will leave readers pondering, "Do we get the reality we deserve?"

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Shaye Areheart Books, [2008], ©2008
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307408570
Branch Call Number: FICTION Sco
Description: 286 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 05, 2017

Jill is a stay at home mom stuck in her marriage that is slowly falling apart. One morning she wakes up 7 years in the past with her ex that she's always thought about. Will she change the past and never meet her husband? Will she make Jake her new husband? What about the baby she had during marriage? Nice easy read!

Jun 25, 2014

Great beach read! I really liked the whole idea of "what if" and then realizing one should be grateful for what she already has.

dollfacecrafter Jan 17, 2014

I loved this book, it is very creative and the concept of going back in time to get a chance to re-live moments or tweak them a bit is interesting, especially the changes for the better, especially her friends and/or co-workers. to become a better person and those around her was the best.

jeanner222 Jan 09, 2013

Unsatisfied with her boring marriage and equally dull motherhood, Jillian finds herself asking, “What if?” What if she hadn’t quit her job after getting pregnant? What if she hadn’t married predictable Henry? What if she hadn’t left NYC for the ‘burbs?

Well, Jillian gets the chance of a lifetime—the chance to go back in time and make different decisions. What she finds is that some of the decisions she made were wrong, and she is now able to right them. She also discovers that some of the decisions she made were right all along.

I love the concept of this novel, but Jillian does become a tad bit annoying at times. Still, I would recommend this one.


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