Shaye Areheart Books
On Sale: October 7, 2008
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Jillian Westfield has the perfect suburban life straight out
of the upscale women's magazines that she obsessively reads.
Sheâ€™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 magazinesâ€™ glossy Range Rover ads.
somehow all of the how-to magazine stories in the world
canâ€™t seem to fix her faltering marriage, banish the tedium
of days spent changing diapers, or stop her from asking,
Then one morning Jillian wakes up seven
years in the past. Before her daughter was born. Before she
married Henry. Suddenly sheâ€™s back in her postâ€“grad school
Ikea-furnished Manhattan apartment. Sheâ€™s back in her
fast-paced job with the advertising agency. And sheâ€™s still
with Jackson, the ex-boyfriend and star of her what-if
Armed with twenty-twenty hindsight, sheâ€™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
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, isnâ€™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?
and heartwarming, Time of My Life will appeal to
anyone who has ever wanted to redo the past and will leave
readers pondering, â€śDo we get the reality we deserve?â€ť
Today - October 18, 2008
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