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Publisher Description

Told with Beth Harbison's wit and warmth, If I Could Turn Back Time is the fantasy of every woman who has ever thought, "If I could go back in time, knowing what I know now, I'd do things so differently..."

Thirty-seven year old Ramie Phillips has led a very successful life. She made her fortune and now she hob nobs with the very rich and occasionally the semi-famous, and she enjoys luxuries she only dreamed of as a middle-class kid growing up in Potomac, Maryland. But despite it all, she can't ignore the fact that she isn't necessarily happy. In fact, lately Ramie has begun to feel more than a little empty.

On a boat with friends off the Florida coast, she tries to fight her feelings of discontent with steel will and hard liquor. No one even notices as she gets up and goes to the diving board and dives off...

Suddenly Ramie is waking up, straining to understand a voice calling in the distance...It's her mother: "Wake up! You're going to be late for school again. I'm not writing a note this time..."

Ramie finds herself back on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, with a second chance to see the people she's lost and change the choices she regrets. How did she get back here? Has she gone off the deep end? Is she really back in time? Above all, she'll have to answer the question that no one else can: What it is that she really wants from the past, and for her future?

Fiction & Literature
July 28
St. Martin's Press

Customer Reviews

SunnySC4567 ,

Wouldn't we all love to?

This book is a bit bogged down in the middle but overall captures the spirit of "what if..." That lives in all of us.

aliciaj1218 ,


I literally found myself saying "that's so sweet" at the end of this. I feel like this author can get a little carried away with the narratives but it was reigned in "If I Could Turn Back Time". I found myself relating to the character better because of them this time around. Definitely some introspective thoughts on a question many fantasize about, the "what ifs" and "if onlys". Like another reviewer I felt it took a while to get to "the next chapter" in the story but I was intrigued enough to power through. Ramie was a fun one to see go through this. Overall I quite enjoyed it.

Bed deb 2012 ,

Middle part was WAY too long!!!

For me, this book had a good beginning and ending. The middle part lasted so long that I felt I was definitely going through the same thing as the main character. The middle was WAY too long! I fell asleep like 4 times during that part.

I mean I really liked the writing and the characters, I just think that a shortened version would be better. If I could turn back time, I would have skipped this book. Sorry.

Thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

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