If I Could Turn Back Time – Nicola Doherty

9781472209955“What if you found The One, then lost him again? Or not so much lost him as became the neurotic, needy girlfriend from hell. The girl who tried to make him choose between her and his job, and got seriously paranoid about his relationship with his best female friend… Zoë knows she doesn’t deserve another chance with David. But if there’s the tiniest possibility of making things right, she’ll snatch it. Even if it means breaking the laws of physics to do so…”

How many relationships have you had that have ended badly? How desperately do you wish you could go back in time and undo the little mistakes you made – the mistakes you’re sure all added up to an unhappy end?

Zoë is still trying to get over the painful break-up from the man who she was sure was the love of her life – David. Two days before Christmas, unhappy at work and at home, she makes a fruitless wish – “I wish I could have David back.” But she could never have foreseen that the next morning she would wake up back in his bedroom…

Somehow, Zoë has gone back six months in time, when she was still with David. She has no idea how it happened – but she quickly realises that this is her chance to turn her life around. She can replace her unpleasant housemate, who she’s not yet met, with David’s lovely friend Max; she can use her knowledge of the future to get ahead at work; and, more importantly, she has another chance to be with David. Blissfully happy with her second chance, Zoë loves being back in David’s arms – and all she has to do is button her lip about his frustratingly close relationship with his best friend Jenny, the straw that broke the relationship’s back.

But as she neatly sidesteps the pitfalls, Zoë starts to realise something is amiss, and things soon start to unravel. The new job, which her knowledge of the near future had helped her to secure, depends on knowing what’s going to happen months in advance – but past Christmas, Zoë has no idea. She’s fallen out with her best friend Rachel by warning her about the impending end of her relationship (which Zoë has already witnessed) and Jenny’s closeness with David is still bothering her. What’s more, he doesn’t seem to know her as well as she thought – and not half as well as her new housemate Max does…

It I Could Turn Back Time is a gentle, enjoyable chick-lit romp by burgeoning author Nicola Doherty. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did her debut novel – The Out Of Office Girl – but it was an entertaining, heartwarming read that delivered what it promised.

Many thanks to Headline for the review copy.

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