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  • Joyful

    Whilst this isn’t a typical Christmas read the way this is a loosely reimagined version of A Christmas Carol makes it a perfect Christmas read although it’s great for anytime of the year. Ben is a fantastically flawed character at a crossroads in his life and his visits to key moments in his past work well to tell his story. His discombobulation at waking up in his life of 15 years ago was well depicted and the decision by the author as to whether or not his actions should impact on his present was in my opinion the correct one. This is a great look at relationships, aspirations and grief and was ultimately very heartwarming.

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  • Unexpectedly thought provoking.

    It took me a little wild to get into this new twist on A Christmas Carol, it took me even longer to review due to the visceral emotions this story evoked. I found it hard to resonate with the protagonist, Ben, a down on his look writer/journalist who married his university sweetheart, his soulmate only for doubts to come creeping in as his wife’s career is progressing as he is stuck in a job he doesn’t like. Don’t get me wrong, just because I didn’t like where Ben’s mind was going, did not mean it didn’t like the book, I loved it. Through a very odd evening, after a few too many drinks, Ben relives the key moments in his life, even going to what the future might have been. This series of events is what made the book for me. Our lives are so fast-paced, always looking for ways to improve, in our jobs, home life, love life, but how many of us stop to take the time to appreciate what we have? Take the slower route, so that we can think about our decisions and how they may change our lives? These are the questions which have held me back from reviewing All About Us immediately after I finished reading it, it has taken me three months to put fingers to keyboard, but I am glad I waited. It is rare for a book to have such a profound effect on me, I can count the number on one hand. There is so much more I could say about this book, but I don’t want to spoil any of it for future readers. Take a little time this festive season for yourself and enjoy the ride and that this 5 star read offers.

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  • An Enchanting Debut!

    What a wonderful novel! Skilfully crafted and a very easy read. Ben has always loved Christmas, but this year he's struggling with the very idea of a festive season. His marriage to Daphne is on a very shaky footing and he finds himself spending more and more time thinking of Alice, the one that got away. Surely, if he had made other choices earlier in life he would be happier now, wouldn't he? But then he meets a strange little man who gives him a watch which doesn't work only for Ben to wake up the next morning back in time before all his problems had began. Can he make the right choices this time around? For a debut novel, this is quite something! There is a magical feel to it all, and I really didn't have time to consider the time-travel aspect - I'm not a great lover of the genre. However, this book has a very different vibe from what I would expect; it's a fast moving story packed full of details and quite enchanting. It's very easy to be silently cheering Ben on whilst continually thinking 'what a plonker'! A thoroughly entertaining read which is very enjoyable and totally worth 4.5* and a hearty recommendation to add this author to your 'must not miss' list.

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