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Publisher's Summary

If you could repeat one year of your life, what would you do differently?

,p>This heartwarming and hilarious novel from the authors of The Status of All Things and Your Perfect Life features three best friends who get the chance to return to the year they turned 40, the year that altered all of their lives in ways big and small - and get the opportunity to change their future.

But it doesn't take long for all three women to learn that reliving a life and making different decisions leads only to new problems and consequences - and that the mistakes they made may in fact have been the best choices of all.

©2016 Liz Fentorn and Lisa Steinke (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Straight Up Fluff

If you're looking for something with deep characters and an intriguing plot, then this is not for you. If you want something light and breezy and kind of annoying then this is right up your alley.

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Shallow people, shallow story

I rarely give up on a book before I've finished it, but I couldn't make it through this one. Shallow female characters who only care about clothes, exercise and "putting a baby in there". (Who actually says they want a "baby in there"?) These are characters out of a bad reality tv show, not real women. (At least not real thinking women.) I'd rather wait until Ann Patchett or Anne Tyler write more books than read this.

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Wish I Could Return It

I've had this title in my library for a couple years. I finally decided to listen to it when I ran out of credits and couldn't get anything new. It was torture getting through it. I couldn't connect with any of the characters so I stopped halfway through and skipped to the end. The most emotion that I felt while listening to this book was discovering that the most selfish character in the book was really the only one who got her happy ending (at the expense of other good people). I like stories with a fantasy type element. I had just read multiple Cecelia Ahern books and loved them. But when I read books like these, I expect it to be an escape. This book was just depressing. There wasn't even any kind of comic relief. I kind of enjoyed the Status of All Things, but after this one, I'm a little afraid to start Your Perfect Life (which has also been in my library for a while). I think I'll just buy more credits.

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Meh, not awful, but not a fave...

This book had such potential, but there were certain very cheesy elements, especially the way in which the women revisited their 40th year. Also, while it did make me think about choices and the ramifications of them, there were just times in this book when the characters were unbelievably annoying.

I think this could easily qualify as a fluffy beach read if you're in need of that type reading.

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The Year We Turn Forty

I absolutely loved this book! I can't even find the words to express it! Love, love, love!

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Dont bother

If you had the ability to go back 10 years in your life and get a do over would you? It’s an interesting question but I don’t think it needs nine hours of my time. Unfortunately this book was boring and one note. And the narrator was extremely monotone to the point where I had to stop listening. Sorry girls you lost me on this book.

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Interesting ideas, surprisingly moving

I read other reviews and expected a light but fun read of a book pretty far outside my usual SF and fantasy listens. I got much more than I expected. The idea of being able to go back and redo one year is something I think about a lot since a terrible tragedy happened in my family almost four years ago. I can’t count how many times I’ve imagined every little detail I would change. How I would intervene in such a way that I could prevent it without anyone knowing. The pain I could spare. So the premise of this book struck home for me. But beyond premise, by the end I was attached to each of the characters and moved by the new, often challenging paths they carved for themselves in their alternate timeline.

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Hard to stop and hard to finish.

This story was such a good lesson. It was hard because of the pain we can cause when we hurt our loved ones. But then so great on redemption and forgiveness. I wanted to stop sometimes because of the pain. I could feel it. But I had to finish for redemption. Thank goodness for second chances.

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Great book

I really enjoyed listening to this one. The story is well written and the performance was great.

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I found this book very thought provoking. Didn't like that it made it sound like a kid couldn't be happy without two patents. I did and my kids do but I know that you can be a great kid and adult with a single parent! It had lots of good thoughts too. You don't have to have kids to be happy😁 And that you can work out marital problems if you both want to😉