If I Could Turn Back Time: A Novel

If I Could Turn Back Time: A Novel

by Beth Harbison


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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. 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 champagne. 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 in time to 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? Has she really gone 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250043856
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 493,832
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

BETH HARBISON is The New York Times bestselling author of Driving with the Top Down; Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger; When In Doubt, Add Butter; Always Something There To Remind Me; Thin, Rich, Pretty; Hope In A Jar; Secrets of a Shoe Addict; and Shoe Addicts Anonymous. She grew up in Potomac, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C., and now divides her time between that suburb, New York City, and a quiet home on the eastern shore.

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If I Could Turn Back Time 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
runnergirl83 More than 1 year ago
Ramie is a successful, financially stable thirty-seven year old with a good job. However, she wonders if her life is missing something: she is single and has no family. When she is on a boat, she has an accident and goes overboard. She wakes up as an eighteen-year-old in her old bedroom at her parent’s house. This book had an interesting idea. I was putting away books and read on the front cover: “What if your thirty-something self woke up in your eighteen-year-old body?” This appealed to me because I am in my thirties. Just the possibilities of thinking how would you do things differently if you went back in time are quite interesting. The book was a quick read. It was amusing at times when Ramie would talk like a thirty-seven year old but be in her eighteen year old body. She would confuse people. I liked how when she went back she had confidence that she did not originally have when she was a teenager the first time around. She also handled things more rationally. What would you do differently in your life if you had a second chance?
LC112648LC More than 1 year ago
If I Could Turn Back Time ... I liked this book! Different type subject - enjoyable, light reading.
Mengel2 More than 1 year ago
Ramie has a life than many only dream of. At 38 years old, she has a successful career and rubs elbows with the rich and famous. Much different than the middle-class lifestyle she grew up in. But the older she gets, the more she realizes that something’s missing. While on a boat with friends, she consumes one too many drinks and decides to dive into the water. The next thing she knows, she’s back in her childhood bed being woken up for school. School? Wait! How did that happen? She comes to realize that it’s the eve of her eighteenth birthday. But how could that be? It must be a dream, but she’s not waking up. So she just goes with it. Hey, being 18 again with a flat stomach, smooth skin and the smarts of a 38 year old? This may not be a bad thing after all. She starts to wonder if she changes some things in the past, if it will affect her future differently. Maybe she can prevent her father’s death. Or change the outcome of the relationship she had with her high school sweetheart. Let’s be honest. Who hasn’t thought … what if I did this differently? Would things have turned out better? Or, if I had a time machine, I’d go back to (fill in the blank) and change that. But what many of us don’t think about is how the choices we made, no matter good or bad, have shaped the person we are today. And if we could go back in time, how the changes would affect our future and the future of those close to us. It’s a true tale of shoulda, woulda, coulda. Though true to Beth Harbison form, the book was fun, witty and highly entertaining, she also got you thinking. I found myself putting the book down and pondering if I would’ve done things the same as Ramie. And, to be honest, I don’t know how I would’ve handled things if I were in her position. Once again Beth Harbison writes a book worthy of accolades. With characters you can relate to and a story that has you laughing one minute and puts you in serious thought the next, this book is one that should be on everyone’s To Be Read list.
readingismyhobby More than 1 year ago
Love this book. quick read, brought back memories of my high school years!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book i have read if hers and i loved it. The second i finished i looked her up and was so excited to find she has written many books. Would definitly recommend, the main character is so relatable and i fiund myself laughing out loud and tearing up too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love most of her books but this was was just odd and seemed.to have no point There was no connection at all to the main character. I had been waiting for this to come out and was very disappointed I would not recommend!
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
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.
Bookworm2Bookworm More than 1 year ago
Ramie Phillips is about to turn 38. She is from Potomac Maryland and a middle class family. Ramie has always been good at math. Her father was a banker so at a young age, she learned all about the stock market. Today, she a very nice nest egg she has earned from her savvy investing. She works for Whitestone, a top private equity investment company. Sadly, she lost her father when she was just 20. He had been a heavy smoker all of her life and died from the effects of that smoking. Ramie is quite satisfied with her life at it is. She loves her job and is happy to be single and to have no kids. Ramie’s best friend is Sammy, a gay guy. So, on the day before her 38th birthday, she, Sammy and some other friends were partying and sipping champagne on a boat when Ramie fell and hit her head. When she woke up, she found herself in her bed in her childhood home and was once again a teenager. Next, we follow Ramie through her high school graduation; her last few good times with her father knowing he will die soon; and chances to just be young again. Through this, the reader learns about her life and her friends. Has Ramie time traveled? Will she be able to return? Is it a dream and will she wake up soon? OK. I admit that I am not a fan of time travel scenarios. Perhaps that is way the book dragged for me. It started off like it was going to be a good story but it simply went downhill from there. Even the ending was predictable. I know that other readers have thoroughly enjoyed this book. So, if you like time travel books, do give it a try.