What They Say
For fans of Laura Barnett and Dani Atkins, Hannah McKinnon has written a moving story that will resonate with any woman who has ever wondered, in a moment of frustration, “what if?”.
Hayley Cooper, a powerful but now struggling lawyer, fantasizes about what her life would be like if only if she’d made different choices. It’s understandable; the past two years have been hell. She barely sees her kids, her boss is trying to sabotage her, and her marriage is falling apart.
Burnt out, Hayley goes to sleep wishing for a different life. When she wakes up married to her first boyfriend, one she has not seen in over twenty years, she realizes there might be some truth in the saying “be careful what you wish for”. Over a single weekend, like Ebenezer Scrooge, Hayley gets to see her life on other side of the white picket fence – not just with her first ex, but with each of her past loves. But is the grass always greener, and will she ever want to go home?
So we journey with Hayley as she sees how each of her lives in turn would have panned out with her exes - as well as learning the story back in the 90s/early 00s about how she met them originally. It's a fantastic way to tell the story, although I got tripped up a few times trying to remember what was real (in the 90s) and what was just a potential side plot as Hayley sees her exes again, because her life each time is vastly different, and it's interesting to see how Hayley's life would have been with Chris, Sean, Matthew or Ian. There were good bits and bad bits with each of Hayley's exes, and I absolutely loved Matthew, he was by far my favourite of the four. If Hayley doesn't want him (OR RICK) can I have him, please?
I really liked Hayley, and I had sympathy with her when it came to wondering if her life could be better, because haven't we all wondered what would have happened if we had made a different decision? Done something differently? So it was interesting to go on that journey with her, because it's almost as if she needed to go on that journey to figure out what she wanted from her life going forward, with or without Rick. I actually really liked Rick, he seemed so sweet.
Time After Time was such an emotional thought-provoking read, and I really enjoyed it. I just had to keep reading, because you really do need to find out what happens to Hayley in the end, and I was never quite sure. I loved the fact this was set in present times and in the 90s, so we knew Hayley when she was younger, although there should have been way more pop culture! The 90s were awesome, man, and we needed more than just Back For Good by Take That. But, kidding aside, this is a fantastic read, and Hannah is a bright new voice is fiction (and not to be confused with the American Hannah McKinnon, there are TWO Hannan McKinnons FYI).