Sometimes you have to go back, to move forwards.
Tabitha is stuck. She still lives in the small town she grew up in . . . the town she’s barely ever left.
So, when her dad drops a bombshell over their weekly Sunday dinner, Tabitha takes a look at her own life. She lives firmly in her comfort zone and doesn’t know how to break out. Sometimes she wishes she should go back and start it all again.
When she meets Bea, a free spirit like no one else she’s ever known with an ‘interesting’ sense of style, Tabitha quickly befriends her, recognising in Bea the change she’s been craving. But soon it becomes clear that more has changed than her new friend. Somehow Tabitha has been transported back to the 1980s.
With the chance to reinvent herself in another time, will Tabitha finally manage to move forward?
Tabitha’s life is very uneventful that is until her Dad drops a bombshell at Sunday dinner. One thing’s for sure that after hearing his news, pudding is the last thing on everyone’s minds. Tabitha works at Pearls and Doodles a shop that sells an array of knick-knacks and vintage clothing. It’s whilst she’s sorting stock that she comes across an amethyst crystal ring. Now the ring isn’t just any normal ring or a piece of costume jewellery because when Tabitha wears it she is transported to 1989. It’s in 1989 that Tabitha meets free spirit Bea and they strike up a friendship. It’s her dad’s news and spending more time with Bea that Tabitha starts to assess her own life. Will Tabitha make the changes she needs to so that she can start living her best life?
I have been looking forward to reading this book for a while and loved it. There’s something about a story that includes time travel that I find fascinating. The story was well plotted and written and I enjoyed moving from the present to the past with Tabitha.
I really liked Tabitha as a character from the beginning. She really likes routine but it was clear that she wanted to make some changes to her life but didn’t know where to start. Travelling to the 1980s was the catalyst for Tabitha making those well needed changes. I loved how Tabitha liked to collect and restore vintage items and she was a bit of a magpie when it comes to finding treasure, a bit like me. At the same time she is also an entrepreneur posting her finds on Instagram and building up her own independent business. I can see why Tabitha bonded with Bea from the outset. Bea is so optimistic and free spirited. There is a familiarity with Bea and Tabitha finds she’s telling her how she is really feeling and what is happening in her life like she’s an old friend even though they’ve just met. Although Tabitha is worried about changing the past, it’s the past that changes her and her outlook on life.
This book definitely gave me Back to the Future vibes but instead of having a DeLorean, Tabitha had a crystal ring. I had an inkling as to why Tabitha had such a strong connection to Bea but there was a plot twist that completely threw my theory; and I loved it. I couldn’t have picked a better ending for the story and when I closed the book I was still smiling.
A book that I would highly recommend especially if you like time travel and are a fan of the 80’s.
LOUISE PENTLAND is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the Wilde novels trilogy and non-fiction book MumLife. She’s the number one parenting vlogger in the UK, with 9 million combined followers across her social platforms. Louise is the creator and host of the podcast Mothers’ Meeting, where she interviews fellow mums and discusses all things motherhood.
Louise featured on the ‘Sunday Times Top 100 Influencers’ list and was crowned as the number one ‘mumfluencer’ by Mother & Baby. She is also a UN Global Ambassador for Gender Equality and an NSPCC Ambassador for Childhood. Louise has filmed with an array of people, from Kim Kardashian to the Pope at the Vatican. She is also involved in the support and encouragement of childhood literacy with charity Bookstart, alongside Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.