Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch – Book Review

Time of My Life, by Allison Winn ScotchTime of My Life, by Allison Winn Scotch.

Jill Westfield should be happy with her life. She has the home of her dreams, a loving, albeit distracted and insanely busy, husband, and a beautiful toddler whom she adores. But lately, it’s just not working for her. Though she chose to give up her career to be a stay-at-home-mom, Jill has moments where she feels less than fulfilled, and with her husband always on the go, she feels as if she is doing it all alone. Things get bad when she finds out that Jackson, her “ex” before marrying Henry, has just gotten engaged, and even worse the owner of the laundry that she uses tells her that she’s looking rough and needs more sex. Yikes! What’s a girl to do?

Probably something like what I would do, since she immediately books it over to the spa to get some relaxation, a massage, and to ponder the greener grass she could be enjoying with Jackson, whom she fantasizes about all the time.  Jill relaxes so much that she ends up going back 7 years into the past – where she is living with Jackson, about to land a major account at her ad agency, and without her baby, Katie.  However, even with all of her knowledge of the future, Jill doesn’t find that  it ‘s easy  to know what to do or  even what she wants.

I think that I like time-travel novels and that’s not something that I would have said about myself.  It definitely falls into the “who knew?” category for me.  But I loved Kindred, enjoyed The Time Traveler’s Wife Remembrance, and I was eager to read this book and see how Jill handled going back into the past. So now I am adding this novel to the list of time-travel books I have thoroughly enjoyed.

When I started reading this, I wondered what direction it would go in because it wasn’t readily apparent to me from the set-up.  Was this going to be a silly and fun romp in the past, or a serious examination of a life and what caused it go off-track? While it was fun to see Jill embrace and revisit her old life with the added bonus of all of her accumulated knowledge, I was pleasantly surprised with the depth of the novel as Jill struggled to approach her past in a way that would satisfy the ennui felt by the future Jill, and to try things differently- to see the people in her life more completely and more compassionately.

Jill’s characterization is strong, and even though I haven’t had her experiences I’ve had her doubts and reactions in similar situations. I felt as if I really knew her and that she was a pretty good representative of  the audience, and how anyone would have handled the experience of being granted a second chance at life. In the beginning, I was really curious to see what the big deal was about her old life, and I wanted her to let go of her future and be more fully immersed in the experience, but I’m glad that it didn’t turn out that way because I realize that there is no way I would have been able to go back and live my past differently. I too would have made painstaking comparisons to my future, and minutely examined how things were better or worse? Can anyone not do that? This aspect of the book made it so real for me, and it was so absorbing to see as Jill grew, and as she started to get a handle on herself/learn what it was that she wanted.

An interesting set of secondary characters serve as both supplement to Jill, and I believe, aspects of herself which she needs to address.  As she deals with her ex-lover, meets with her husband before he’s her husband, and struggles to help doomed friends and unhappy co-workers, Jill has to come to terms with who she has been and who she will be in the future. This search for herself is framed by the damaged and mysterious relationship she has with her mother and the longing for her daughter Katie, whom she is unsure if she will ever see again due to the way her past is unfolding the second time around.  This deceptively light and charming novel had a wonderful mystery element to it and explored issues and questions about relationships which I am still thinking about a month after having put it down.  I just love it when books are like that. Recommended.

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  1. lilly says:

    I don’t think I’ve read any time travel books, apart from Outlander. I think I would give this one a try. It sounds like Jill is dealing with emotions that I think most of women, no matter how happily married, go through. I’d like to see how she deals withit.
    .-= lilly´s last blog ..Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier =-.

    • Nicole says:

      Ooh! Outlander is a good one. I also read Dragonfly in Amber and I believe one other of the books in the series, though I am not sure which one now.

      She is dealing with what a lot of women go through with marriages or long term relationships- when thing aren’t as fresh and exciting as they once were. Given the relationships he had and her particular issues I was really interested to see what she would decide.

  2. Kay says:

    I really enjoyed this book, too. I thought there was a lot of thought into it; it really wasn’t a fantasy novel and it was really believable.
    .-= Kay´s last blog ..Review : Catching Fire =-.

    • Nicole says:

      I agree with you Kay. It really wasn’t fantastical except for the fact that she went back in time, etc. But that wasn’t the concentration and it was much more about real themes and life issues. I thought a lot while reading it.

  3. vivienne says:

    I like time travel books too. I like the idea of going back and seeing how things might have turned out if you had made different decisions.
    .-= vivienne´s last blog ..The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness =-.

    • Nicole says:

      I think I like that idea. I would be a little afraid to test it out. There would be some things I wouldn’t want to lose and once you start making decisions I don’t know that you can preserve anything.

  4. I love a little time travel! Or maybe I’ve been watching too much Dr. Who. :-) I normally would not gravitate towards a book like this (unrelated to the time travel aspect), but after reading your review, I’m really curious. I haven’t yet read Time Traveler’s Wife, but since I promised a friend I would at least try it, I do plan to. Thanks for the great review.
    .-= Literary Feline´s last blog ..Review: Sometimes We’re Always Real Same-Same by Mattox Roesch =-.

    • Nicole says:

      I think both this and the Time Traveler’s Wife raise deeper issues that are raised because of the time travel aspect, but are also completely unrelated at the same time. TTW had a lot of hot button issues for me. I would be interested to see what you think because I know a lot of people think romance and I really don’t agree.

  5. Kathy says:

    This sounds like a book I would enjoy. It sounds like one that would make you sit back and reflect on what’s important in life.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Review: Mix Shake Stir =-.

    • Nicole says:

      You will definitely reflect. I wanted to say that I would do things differently when I was getting a little impatient with the character, but I’m not really sure.

  6. Staci says:

    I love it when books are like that too!! This sounds like sound an intriguing read for so many reasons.l…I feel the need to know how it all turned out for her!! Excellent review!!!
    .-= Staci´s last blog ..Library Loot-September 9 =-.

    • Nicole says:

      It’s one of those books where you would like to see what happens, but you also wonder how you would handle the same situations. It was interesting.

  7. Samantha says:

    Dear participant of the genre challenge,

    I am happy to announce that the genre challenge blog is finally up and running! Due to some real life problems, this has taken longer than planned, but now that it’s finished, I invite you over to post your reviews there. It’s at http://genrechallenge.blogspot.com/

    The process is really simple, just post the link to your review in the comments of the appropriate post. An example: if you reviewed a fantasy book for the genre challenge, post the review in the comments of the Fantasy Fiction Reviews 2008-2009 post.

    Because of the transfer from my general book blog to the genre challenge blog, some review links might have become lost, so please check to see if all of your reviews have been linked. If not, please repost the links I missed. According to my information, you haven’t posted any links yet. Also, I have not yet had a confirmation on which option you chose (A, B or C) Just to remind you, to be eligible for the prize drawing, all of your reviews must be posted before 1 November 2009 and I need to know which option you have chosen.

    Thanks for joining this challenge!

    Happy reading,

    Samantha

  8. Amy says:

    Your review helped me decide that I definitely want to read this book sooner rather than later! I came across the author’s bloh in my first few days in the blogosphere back in July and was intrigued but unsure what to expect of her books. I have since read some reviews of her book and entered a few giveaways but still wasn’t sure how much I really wanted to read this book. Thank you for figure out for sure!

    I have read several recommendations of your blog from bloggers on this first day of BBAW. I’m so happy I came by to visit. The list of books on your sidebar and authors speaks to my reading interests. I’ll be back to visit your blog many times!
    Thank you!
    Amy
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..The Brutal Telling Book Review =-.

    • Nicole says:

      Thank you Amy for stopping by and I am glad that I could help you make a decision and show you some things you might like. I look forward to our visits.

      I have to tell you that the cats pics on your blog are adorable. They were distracting me from the reviews which are great as well. I just love that post that you did with the different covers. They all look like great books. Sense and Sensibility had the dullest cover for me, and this is coming from an Austen fan.

  9. Molly says:

    I am SO glad that Kathy mentioned you on her short list today. Somehow my link to your blog was broken and I have missed visiting you. It is all repaired now and I plan to be a regular follower once again!!
    .-= Molly´s last blog ..BBAW – the long list =-.

  10. S. Krishna says:

    I loved this book as well. Great review!
    .-= S. Krishna´s last blog ..BBAW: Spotlight on Blogs! =-.

  11. Lisamm says:

    Great review, Nicole! I’m so happy you enjoyed Time of My Life and I really appreciate the time and thought you put into reading and reviewing the book. Thanks so much!
    .-= Lisamm´s last blog ..Sunday Salon =-.

    • Nicole says:

      You’re so welcome. It was a great book. I am going to have to stop judging books by their cover because I never would have thought that I would get a story like that with a cover like the one on the book.

  12. Hi Nicole! I’ve seen your blog mentioned a few times in connection with BBAW, so I thought I better check you out. I’m really enjoying your blog. Just added it to my Google reader!
    .-= Susan (Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books)´s last blog ..Just Answer the Meme, Already. It’ll Be Fun, I Swear. =-.

    • Nicole says:

      Hi Susan! Thank you so much for stopping by. I had the chance to browse your blog today and I know that I will be back- I’ve added you to my reader as well. I hope that you are enjoying BBAW!

  13. Elena says:

    I can’t say I’ve read that many time travel books, but if you like them, you should read Timeline by Michael Crichton (just block the movie adaptation from your mind). It’s a bit sci-fi but medieval France = awesome!
    .-= Elena´s last blog ..BBAW Day #2: The Interview =-.

    • Nicole says:

      I’ll have to give one of his books a try at some point. Medieval France does sound fun. Once I saw Jurassic Park I just never really thought of reading his books.

  14. Lenore says:

    You talked about so many of the things I would have addressed more eloquently in my review if I hadn’t have only had 30 minutes to write it in an Internet cafe in Zurich. Wish we lived closer so we could get together over a nice meal and discuss it!!
    .-= Lenore´s last blog ..Library Thing Tuesday (71) + picture of Emmy =-.

  15. Anna says:

    I really liked this one, too, especially because it wasn’t completely predictable.
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Interview With Susan Higginbotham, Author of HUGH AND BESS =-.

  16. trish says:

    Oh, I’m so glad you liked it! As you know, I liked it as well. :)

    I think your review, though, brings out the depthness (is that a word?) in the book. While this book is probably categorized as chick lit, and while it was a really fun read, I think it deals with some heavy topics in a very realistic manner.