Saturday, 28 December 2013
Step Back In Time by Ali McNamara
How many lifetimes would you travel to find a love that lasts for ever? When single career girl Jo-Jo steps onto a zebra crossing and gets hit by a car, she awakes to find herself in 1963. The fashion, the music, her job, even her romantic life: everything is different. And then it happens three more times, and Jo-Jo finds herself living a completely new life in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The only people she can rely on are Harry and Ellie, two companions from 2013, and George, the owner of a second-hand record store. If she's ever to return from her travels, Jo-Jo must work out why she's jumping through time like this. And if she does make it back, will her old life ever be the same again? Step back in time with this fabulously fun and feed-good comedy of time travel and romance, from the author of From Notting Hill with Love ...Actually
I have read all of Ali McNamara's books and I can honestly say that I have never read a bad one and this one lived up to my high expectations too!!
The plot line is really clever. I really enjoyed the time travel - it was nothing like Doctor Who, which I really do not like - and fitted well into the story. It is a nice love story, something different to what is in the book charts at the current time. It is a book that you can loose yourself in one weekend and reminisce about times, music and fashions gone by.
There is a clever strand interwoven throughout this story which I picked up a few of the clues but did not get them all, however when I got to the end of the book and it all unraveled I thought it was fantastic! I am sure lots of other readers would of picked up on a lot more of them. It was a great ending to the book and well done to Ali McNamara for all the research and clever techniques used to interweave it all into the story.
This is one of those books that can be picked up and while reading it it brings back lots of memories; the clothes, the hair styles, the music (I would love to have visited George's shop) and the social history - how people lived - all bring back memories off my childhood.
I must add one thing on the end of this review. I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Reading Copy of this book, which had a slightly different front cover featuring four Jo-Jo's walking across the zebra crossing in the four fashions of the decades she time travels to. I loved the cover on the proof and I am not so keen on the cover chosen for publication. However this has nothing to do with the actual novel and therefore should not sway anyone's opinion on this fantastic read!
Thank you to the publishers, Sphere, for sending me the book to review.