Publication Date: July 14, 2020
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Narrator(s): Olivia Colman
Kate’s husband Luke — the man she loved from the moment she met him twenty-eight years ago — died suddenly. Since then she has pushed away her friend and lost her job, and everything is starting to fall apart.
One day, she wakes up in the wrong room and in the wrong body. She is eighteen again but remembers everything. This is her college room in 1992 on the first day of orientation. And this is the day she meets Luke.
Kate knows how he died, and that he’s already ill. But Luke is not the man that she lost: he’s still a boy — the annoying nineteen-year-old English student she first met. If they can fall in love again despite everything, she might just be able to save him. She’s going to try to do everything exactly the same…
Thank you NetGalley, Hachette Audio & Robert Webb for a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
This story surrounds Kate, a woman who suddenly loses her husband tragically. All of a sudden, to Kate’s shock, she wakes up at a point in her past where she can try to save his life. It was a very interesting concept and had me curious right from the beginning.
This book was separated into three parts. In the beginning, we meet Kate in her grief-filled state after losing Luke less than a year prior. I was very happy with how this part was written, as grief is such a hard-hitting topic that needs to be talked about more. Robert Webb wrote this very seriously and very well, as if personally experienced.
The second part of this novel is when Kate gets sent back in time to when they were in college in 1992. The beginning of this part was great, trying to see how Kate would get her future husband interested again and how she could save his life from back then. Towards the end of this part was when this book really slowed down for me.
The third and final part was back in the present time. It was interesting seeing how this part would play out and if any of Kate’s actions effected anything like saving Luke’s life. As much as I wanted to love this part, the second half of this entire book fell a little flat. The writing slowed down.
The narrator of this book, Olivia Colman, did a great job with the story-telling of this novel. I feel like Olivia really understood Kate and portrayed her really well. There were issues that were very serious that could’ve driven a reader/listener away, but the narration of this book was light and kept me interested all the way through.
Overall, this was my first Robert Webb novel, but I don’t think it’s my last. I definitely enjoyed this type of story, I just hope my next story has the writing that keeps me all the way through. I definitely would recommend this to someone who is a mood reader, looking for a sad/hopeful book.