Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Books Read: Ali McNamara - Step Back in Time

How many lifetimes would you travel to find a love that lasts for ever?

When single career girl Jo-Jo steps onto a zebra crossing and gets hit by a car, she awakes to find herself in 1963. The fashion, the music, her job, even her romantic life: everything is different. And then it happens three more times, and Jo-Jo finds herself living a completely new life in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The only people she can rely on are Harry and Ellie, two companions from 2013, and George, the owner of a second-hand record store.

If she's ever to return from her travels, Jo-Jo must work out why she's jumping through time like this. And if she does make it back, will her old life ever be the same again?

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Having read all of Ali McNamara's previous books bar one, which is still sat in the mini library that my flat has become, I was intrigued by Step Back in Time as it certainly sounded different to any of her other books.

Jo-Jo is a busy accountant who never seems to slow down and enjoy life which seems to be passing her by so when she's knocked down by a car she's stunned to discover that she's gone back in time... to the 1960s!  Everything is so different to what she is used to although there are some familiar faces on hand to guide her in the form of acquaintances Harry, Ellie and George. 

She needs to work out how she ended up here and how to make her back to the current day but before she does she finds herself journeying to the 70s, 80s and the 90s where each time she reconnects with Harry and Ellie, although each time she meets them they are in different guises, only George the record shop owner is the same each time.  What will she learn about herself during her experiences of travelling through the eras and how will this change her?  

This one of those books that you could just curl up with and get lost in the story as she travelled through one time zone to another.  Her experiences made for some entertaining reading and I particularly enjoyed reading about what she got up to in the 1960s, which was before I was born, and the 1970s as although I was a child of the 70s I can't really remember much about it.   

Step Back in Time was such a fun read that I'm sure will bring back memories for readers who were around in these eras.  For me especially I loved reading about the 80s which took me back to my teenage school days and the dreadful fashion sense that we all thought looked great! 

I'd like to thank Jo at Little Brown for sending me a proof copy of this book to review.  

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