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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Book Blog Tour Stop and Review - The Repeat Year by Andrea Lochen

About The Book:

Everyone has days, weeks, even months they wish they could do over—but what about an entire year? After living through the worst twelve months of her life, intensive care nurse Olive Watson is given a second chance to relive her past and attempt to discover where she went wrong…

After a year of hardships including a messy breakup with her longtime boyfriend Phil, the prospect of her mother’s remarriage, and heartbreaking patient losses at the hospital, Olive is ready to start fresh. But when she wakes up in her ex-boyfriend’s bed on New Year’s Day 2011—a day she has already lived—Olive’s world is turned upside down.

Shouldering a year of memories that no one else can recall, even Olive begins to question herself—until she discovers that she is not alone. Crossing paths with Sherry Witan, an experienced “repeater,” Olive learns that she has the chance to rewrite her future. Given the opportunity of a lifetime, Olive has to decide what she really wants. Should she make different choices, or accept her life as she knows it, flaws and all?

My Thoughts:

A do-over.  Who hasn't thought at some time or another that they would like to completely do over a day, a week - but an entire year? 

In her debut novel, author Andrea Lochen takes her readers on a journey that finds her main character, Olive Watson, waking up in a weird time-warp situation where she has the opportunity to "do-over" a particularly disastrous year. Lochen expertly spins this creative and captivating tale with a cast of intriguing characters and a storyline that is heartwarming at times, and heart-wrenching at others.

I found myself drawn into the story, sympathizing with the characters, laughing at clever lines, and tearing up as Olive struggles to find ways to make her do-over year better for everyone she loves and cares for.

"The Repeat Year" is a well-written novel that will keep readers entranced to the very end. A perfect summer read!

About The Author:

Andrea Lochen earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan.  While there, she won a Hopwood Novel Award for a draft of The Repeat Year.  She currently lives in suburban Milwaukee with her husband and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.

Check out her website at www.andrealochen.com

My thanks to BookSparks PR for including me on this blog tour, and to Berkley Publishing for providing the review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

"The Repeat Year" is a part of BookSparks 2013 Summer Reading Roadtrip Challenge!
To Join in - http://www.booksparkspr.com/src2013/


Mystica said...

A new one for me. Thanks for the review.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

This sounds good, Sharon!

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate you ladies so much for your support!