THE REPEAT YEAR by Andrea Lochen


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After living one of the worst years of her life, nurse Olive Watson goes to sleep on New Year’s Eve 2011...and wakes up on New Year’s Day 2011, with the chance to make different choices.

2011 was not a good year for Olive. She suffered heartbreaking losses at her job as an intensive care nurse; lost her boyfriend, Phil, after cheating on him; alienated her best friend in the messy aftermath of the breakup; and handled her widowed mother’s new love affair poorly. So when she goes to bed, alone and lonely, on Dec. 31, 2011, and wakes up, miraculously, in Phil’s bed on Jan. 1, 2011, she realizes immediately it’s a gift from the universe, a chance to right the wrongs of the past. Finding an acquaintance who has experienced the same time oddity at first makes her feel reassured, until she understands that the woman has her own issues and not much good advice. Moving forward, Olive realizes that even if no one else remembers the past year, she does, and making choices as if she hadn’t betrayed Phil, disappointed Kerrigan or made a vast ocean of mistakes doesn’t take away the guilt or self-loathing from those actions.  And sometimes, making different choices allows other people to make different choices too, with surprising and stressful consequences. An intriguing premise and some surprising twists make this an engaging, satisfying read that explores friendship, love and who we really are when it truly matters.

A debut novel that offers a fascinating glimpse into one woman’s opportunity to rewrite her past and change her future.

Pub Date: May 7th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-425-26313-6
Page count: 400pp
Publisher: Berkley
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2013


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