Subscribe to my updates via email by entering your email address below:


more hey lady!

currently reading

  • Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, Book 1)

  • Birds of Paradise: A Novel

We will always miss you:

Love this shirt:

Website development by:

Temptation Designs



recent posts

did you say that outloud?

cringe worthy


Review – Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch

time of my life

Time of My Life
by Allison Winn Scotch
283 pages
Published August 4, 2009

First, I loved this book. I’m unsure if I loved the book because it really was that good or because I’m just in a place in my life where it really spoke to me. I’m inclined to think the former, but I’ll tell you more about that later.

Now that we have that out of the way, let me give you a quick thumbnail sketch of the book.

In Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch, Jillian is unhappy in her marriage to Henry. They’ve been married for about five years (forgive my memory if I’m off by a year or two), have an eighteen-month-old daughter, Katie, live in a lovely house, and have gone from “ravag[ing] each other like wild beasts” to quietly drifting apart. When Jillian’s friend tells her that Jillian’s old boyfriend, Jackson, is getting married, she regrets her choice to marry Henry and wishes she had it to do all over again.

Jillian gets her wish to CTRL-Z her life and goes back seven years to when she was dating Jackson. She knows how her life ends up, and if she plays things a little differently, she can have what she thinks she really wants.

This is what I liked about the book: it’s not only about second-guessing your choice about who to marry. It’s about wishing you could have done things differently with a particular friend; wondering if you should have contacted an estranged parent instead of rejecting their overtures. This past weekend had an UNDO UNDO moment that will haunt me for a long time, and who DOESN’T have those experiences? Those experiences where it’s not even your fault, you just wish you could change things so you don’t have to see your friend in quite so much pain.

Allison Winn Scotch captured so many feelings I’ve had about marriage. Here’s a scene where Jillian is talking about how Henry proposed and how she felt right afterward:

The flight attendant brought us champagne, and I raised the armrest between our seats and tucked myself so close to him that not even a sliver of space divided us, and I was, for a moment at least, so soaked in contentedness that I could have pocketed up that feeling and coasted on it for years to come.

Even now, when I snuggle with Dave at night, it’s often that there’s “not even a sliver of space divid[ing] us.” I’m just so happy to be with him that I want to be as close to him as possible, and Dave’s like, COULD YOU GET ANY CLOSER? I’d like to, but it’s not possible!

And while I’m still ridiculously happy with my husband, this is what I fear:

In real life, most marriages don’t come undone with one big explosion. Unlike in the movies, most wives don’t stumble upon lipstick on a collar or discover a hotel receipt in a blazer pocket. Most wives don’t uncover hidden gambling problems or latent addictions or experience out-of-nowhere abuse that pops up one day and destroys everything. Some do, but most, no, not most. Most marriages unravel slowly, slipping drop by drop, like water ebbing through a curled palm, until one day, you look down and notice that it, your hand, is entirely empty. That’s how most marriages dissolve and run dry. And, in retrospect, it’s how mine came undone exactly.

Also? The author’s writing was very contemporary without being I’m-trying-to-be-very-relevant-can’t-you-tell. Instead, I was like, Dude, I would totally be friends with her. That’s how her writing made me feel. Allison, can we be friends? Don’t answer right away. Think about it.

Jillian evolved naturally and effortlessly. Sometimes she would realize something but shove it aside, ignoring it because, while it was true, it didn’t fit what she wanted right then.

So I pretty much loved everything about this book. I thought the character development was well done, I loved the writing, I loved the message, and I loved that *I*, a self-professed I-DON’T-READ-CHICK-LIT girl, loved it. I think a good test of a really good book is whether those who don’t normally read the genre like it. So hats off to Time of My Life.

I would recommend this book to any book club but mine. I think there are SO MANY things to discuss that the conversation could go on for hours. The reason I won’t be recommending it to mine (though I will bring it to my next meeting and tell people to read it!) is because I don’t have a filter between what I think and what I say, and I would end up revealing very personal feelings which I tend to prefer to keep to myself. So assuming you have a better filter than I do (that is, you don’t feel the need to say anything and everything that comes into your head), I would recommend it for your bookclub (yes, yours!). And it’s out in paperback, so no one can complain about having to buy a hardcover.

Rating: 95 out of 100

Buy Time of My Life from Powell’s | Amazontlc logo resized

I want to thank TLC Book Tours for letting me be a part of this tour. Check out the rest of the tour stops for Time of My Life.

You should also check out Allison Winn Scotch’s lurvely blog.

Also, I like to follow the Allison Winn Scotch on Twitter. You should too. πŸ™‚

Other reviews:

Book, Line, and Sinker

S. Krishna’s Books

Planet Books

| Tags: , 34 comments »

34 Responses to “Review – Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch”

  1. Kathy

    This book sounds great – it reminds me of a movie I’ve seen with Nicholas Cage, but of course, I can’t remember the name of it.


  2. Jenny

    Isn’t it great when you find a book that is not only wonderful but speaks to your heart like this? It sounds lovely, I must get it!


  3. Beth F

    Sold me at this: “*I*, a self-professed I-DON’T-READ-CHICK-LIT girl, loved it.” because I don’t generally love Chick Lit.

    It’s great when you read a book at just the right moment in your own life.


  4. Lisamm

    Hi Trish! Even though you’re not a chick lit girl, I thought you might be the right audience for this book. I am SO glad you liked it!! Thanks for reviewing it!

    Kathy, the movie you’re thinking of is Family Man, which is in my top 5 favorite movies of all time! The Family Channel runs it every year around Christmas (love it).

    I’ll be home in about 17 hours and will email you tomorrow. Thanks again!


  5. diane

    Excellent review. I really like this story and the cover was terrific too.


  6. rhapsodyinbooks

    This sounds really good – you’re right, who doesn’t want to UNDO from time to time? And I love the line: I would recommend this book to any book club but mine. Great review, thanks!!!


  7. Lenore

    I’d sure like to have an UNDO button. Reading this soon and now even more excited!!


  8. Stacy

    Soiunds wonderful. I love the quote you included about marriage.


  9. Becca

    I love it when a book happens to fit right in with your own feelings and perceptions…like a little dose of therapy in your hands!

    This sounds like a book I’d love too πŸ™‚


  10. Kay

    Great review!
    I read it last week and I’m almost done writing my review for it, and I share many of your feelings towards it. It spoke a lot to me, too, and I was surprise by the tone, a lot more serious than I would have thought! And yes, a great book for book clubs. Loved it!


  11. sarah pekkanen

    I loved this book, too, and even though I don’t know her personally (just through FB and Twitter, etc), Allison is incredibly cool. She has a blog where she answers questions about publishing and tells us about her process, insecurities, etc. I think the premise of this book is so smart.. and it has already been snapped up by a movie production company. Who do you think should play the role of Jillian?


    trish Reply:

    Oh, that’s a great question, Sarah! Unfortunately, I’m pretty ignorant when it comes to pop culture, so I’d have a hard time coming up with a well-known actress, let alone someone off beat. πŸ™‚ I definitely look forward to the movie, though! Hopefully it will do the book justice!


  12. Toni

    Great review. I’d certainly read this one. I love those books that “speak” to us at certain times in our lives.


  13. sarah pekkanen

    So I shouldn’t bequeath you my old stacks of People magazine, Trish? πŸ™‚


  14. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    Sounds like a good book and it too reminds me of Family Man! Interesting concepts almost always make great books.


  15. Allison Winn Scotch

    Hey Trish,
    Thank you for the lovely review! Since flattery will get you everywhere, yes, we can certainly be friends! πŸ™‚
    In all seriousness, thank you!!


  16. TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for August 17th-August 21st | TLC Book Tours

    […] Monday, August 17th:Β Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’? […]

  17. Lisa

    That is exactly how my first marriage ended. It certainly makes you aware of what you have the second time around.


  18. S. Krishna

    I really enjoyed this book, and what a great review! I’m glad you liked it!


  19. Jennifer

    Great review – thanks for sharing such an insightful look into the book. When I read books that I relate to personally, I can’t help but spill some details about my private life – and I think that’s a good thing in a book. When a book makes me reflect on myself, I automatically like it more (maybe that means I’m self-centered?) But this one sounds especially poignant to anyone who is in a relationship – because when you’re that in love with something the only fear is falling out of love. Because I’ve seen love fade and fail and it is not a pretty thing.

    Anyway …. I’m adding this to my must read list!


  20. zibilee

    I just went over and added this book onto my wish list. I really liked your review, and your enthusiasm for the book is really infectious. I look forward to reading this one, and though I am not much a reader of chick-lit, I am really very interested in this book. Awesome review!


  21. Trisha

    Wow, there are a whole lot of “I loved this book” comments on this blog. I love it when I see something like this because I immediately put the book on my TBR list. Now, if only I could shorten that list… πŸ™‚


  22. Darlene

    Trish, this was such a terrific story wasn’t it! I loved the message of this book the most-about being true to yourself. Not spending so much time pleasing everyone else but living for yourself so you don’t have a ton of regrets someday. I’m glad you loved it as well!

    Wow, could I ever use an UNDO button for many things in my past! I’m sure we all could. Great review Trish.


  23. melanie

    After reading her first book and liking it, I was on the fence. You have nudged me over it and I’ve got it on hold at the library. This sounds perfect for my current state of mind.


  24. Nicole

    I am reading and enjoying this one so far. CTRL-Z, or in my case Option-Z is the best. Don’t you hat when you so something else really quick and then you can’t use it?


  25. Melissa @ Melissa's Bookshelf

    Great review! I enjoyed your insights into this one and am glad you enjoyed the book. I really did, too–I totally understand what you mean about wanting to be friends with Allison Winn Scotch, too!


  26. nat @ book, line, and sinker

    hmmm…i read this one too but had a hard time with the whole suspension of disbelief thing. πŸ™ i TRIED to like it–really–but it just didn’t do it for me. looks like i’m in the minority around here though on this one.


  27. Anna

    Great review! You’ve made me so excited that I’m participating in the tour.


  28. Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading

    I’d seen this cover around, but hadn’t really read much about the book. Your review has me interested though!


  29. Kim L

    Any chick lit recommending by a fellow I-don’t-read-chick-lit gal is a book I need to look into. It sounds like an intriguing take on a well-used plotline.


  30. Holly

    Great review. I have this one in my stack and need to get to it, as I’m doing the tour too!


  31. Melanie

    Wow. This book sounds really good. Desperate, almost. It definitely sounds like it’s worth picking up!


  32. Julie3332

    I picked up this book yesterday based on this review and finished it today! I agree with a previous poster that the plot line was nothing new, but her treatment of it was great. Very smart and not trite look at being a wife and mom. Loved this book and will recommend it to my book club. Thanks!


  33. Stephanie

    I have this book to review also and found it to be a really great read. The author is super talented!


Leave a Reply

Back to top