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Have you ever wanted to rewrite your past?

Three best friends, all with the same birthday, are about to turn forty. Celebrating at a summerhouse in Maine, Leslie Headrick, Madison Appleby, and Ellie Abbott are taking stock of their lives and loves, their wishes and choices. But none of them expect the gift that awaits them at the summerhouse: the chance for each of them to turn their “what-might-have-beens” into reality…

– Barnes & Noble

The Summerhouse (Summerhouse Series #1)

Birthdays turn depressing once you cross 25. From then on each birthday is the day when many of us consciously or unconsciously sit back & think of the years we have spent, think about the things we achieved & more likely than not the things we did not. And if you are meeting your friends on that day who share your birthday it can be all the more depressing…till you see for yourself that maybe you did not draw the shorter straw after all?

Similar is the case of Leslie & Ellie who along with their friend Madison come to Maine to spend their 40th birthday in a summerhouse. These three girls had met 19 years ago at the DMV when each of them had come to NY with great ambitions & dreams. After a short acquaintance the three part ways only to meet again in Maine for their 40th birthday.

While all three of them had been beautiful at 20, only Madison had had those stunning looks which are a must in the modelling world. Leslie had left her long time boyfriend at the altar to come to NY so that she could become a dancer. While Ellie wanted to become a painter. What they became instead was quite different & in Madisons case extremely painful.

Being unhappy with their lot it is very natural that all three agree to undertake the time travel which Madam Zoya offers them. A single chance to undo & redo the past, three weeks in which to correct past errors so that the present & the future can be modified.

I loved the way in which all the three main characters have been developed in this book. While at times I did feel that Leslie was being ignored, in the end it was her story which had the most powerful impact on me for she chose to not change anything about her past. She learnt that she can change her future by changing her attitude towards her present & not her past. Ellie’s story was pretty predictable from start to finish. Getting the love which she always craved made her realize how useless it was to waste time on people who no longer mattered. Madisons original life was heart wrenching & a classic case of Karma missing out on a long list of people whom it should have bitten. Hence when she chose to change her past & forget it as well, it came as some sort of a relief. While I made a face when the first mention of time travel came, somehow not using any strange mantras & chantings to start off the time travel, taking a fee for the experiment, offering valid choices all made this whole time travel thing believable for me. I even liked it to some extent.

This book gave me a message which I had not at all expected. Throughout the book I was thinking what is the one thing/ choice/ event in my life which I would like to change?…which is quite natural I feel, given the subject of the book. After all we all have our list of “what ifs?” 🙂

A 4/5 from my side for this book.

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