Today it is my great pleasure to be Allison Winn Scotch’s host on her TLC Book Tour for her novel, Time of My Life. I have enjoyed the reviews I’ve read along the way. Please see the end of my review for a list of the blogs who are on this tour with me.
I have a lot of fun working as a tour host for TLC Book Tours. Check out their website for more information on this tour and the others that they are hosting.
Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch
Jillian is a stay-at-home mother who has become dissatisfied and bored with her life. Her 7-year marriage and relationship with her husband Henry is stable. He has a great job and is loyal to her, but he is often away on business, leaving the care of their toddler daughter largely up to Jillian alone. She finds herself in her parental solitude thinking back on the sexually exciting relationship she had with Jack. She has difficulty remembering what it was about him that made her break up with him. She longs to go backt to when she remembers her life feeling more fulfilling – in the bed and in the workforce. During the middle of a much needed massage session with Garland, she unexpectedly gets her chance.
It’s hard to feel too bad for Jillian. She has a beautiful home, a husband that more than provides security, a beautiful daughter, the help of a part-time nanny, and a masseur. At the beginning of the novel I saw her as a pampered young woman who simply can’t handle boredom. Over time, as the full story of her relationship with her husband, her daughter, Jack, and her mother unfolds, I saw something else – a woman having trouble after having a baby. At that point I felt that I understood Jillian much better. Having a baby can be unsettling long after the child’s birth. It doesn’t matter what your status in life is. Post-partum depression can leave you looking for a way out. If you’ve had that experience you can definitely relate to Jillian and her mother. The author captured those feelings very well. The scenes where Jillian describes how she felt indifferent toward Katie and couldn’t talk to anyone were especially strong.
It took me some time to get into Time of My Life, but once Jillian’s character clicked with me I clicked with this novel and enjoyed reading it. I was particularly interested in Jillian’s relationship with her mother and how that impacted her reactions and emotions after Katie was born. As someone who lived through post-partum depression, it was interesting to read about another mother’s daydreams of a “better life” worked out. I did have an issue with the use of adult language in this novel. Normally cussing doesn’t bother me. Often I don’t notice it at all. The use of the f-bomb seemed forced to me and seemed overused. It brought me out of the novel from time to time, but I still enjoyed it. This is a novel to read on a lazy weekend when you feel like pondering the “what ifs” in life. As the lovely cover suggests, Time of My Life is a pleasant way to be reminded of what is really important in life. Jillian’s trip from the present to the past was a bit bumpy for me, but I found that it was worth the ride.
Allison Winn Scotch’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS
Monday, August 17th: Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’?
Wednesday, August 19th: Peeking Between the Pages
Thursday, August 20th: Melissa’s Bookshelf
Monday, August 24th: Infinite Shelf
Wednesday, August 26th: Book Soulmates
Thursday, August 27th: Luxury Reading
Monday, August 31st: Devourer of Books
Wednesday, September 2nd: 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews
Tuesday, September 8th: Linus’s Blanket
Monday, September 14th: Presenting Lenore
Wednesday, September 16th: Stephanie’s Written Word
Thursday, September 17th: Diary of an Eccentric
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