“Emma is having the worst day of her life. Frustrating. Chaotic. And the only person who could make it better is gone by the
end of the day.
Yet even worse than all of that: Emma keeps waking up to the same day, over and over again.
But what if this is a sign things could be different? Can Emma change the heartbreaking end to this love story?”
I requested this off NetGalley after Sarah Turner / The UnMumsy Mum recommended it and was excited to receive an ARC. However having recently read another ‘Groundhog Day’ referenced book, I was nervous it was going to be a bit ‘samey’ – but I need not have been concerned. It’s not often I dish out 5 stars on NetGalley – but this is definitely one of those times, for a completely unique book.
The first 25% is ‘the day’ in question – and Emma is a typical multi tasking working Mum – and it is written so very, very well. The juggle of husband, kids, work, friends, volunteering – not necessarily in that order – is ever consuming, and feels so like my life. Trying to be everything to everyone, but feeling like you’re not quite getting anything right! I don’t feel I’ve ever read another book that so perfectly captures the manic Mum vibe.
‘The day’ is also Emma and her husband Dan’s anniversary of meeting – and they have a tradition of writing to each other on that day – which only adds to Emma’s stress levels.
Initially the day has a tragic ending – again incredibly well written and very moving. But when Emma wakes up the next morning, she’s gone back in time by 24 hours, much to her utter confusion. Emma then gets to live the day again – and sees what she can – or can’t – change. However, by bedtime the tragic ending has happened again,
Thus starts the Groundhog Day scenario.
Each re-start to the day is separated by one of Dan’s historic anniversary letters – which means you get to learn lots of the back story of Emma and Dan’s relationship, marriage, kids, family connections etc. Dan had a very different ‘voice’ to Emma – another example of the excellent writing (I’m sounding like a bit of a fangirl, aren’t I?!)
As the different days pan out, Emma deals with the situation in different ways – which were interesting to read – and did make me think, what would I do?
The book feels fresh and up to date – with the use of WhatsApp groups and such like – and I love that I noticed the sneaky Easter Egg, where Emma is giving someone a pile of audio books – and one of them is a book Cesca Major wrote under a pseudonym – I very much enjoyed that!
I’m not going to ruin the end – strictly a spoiler free zone – but I LOVED it. I thought the ending was perfectly done.
I know it’s only February – but I feel this will definitely be up there as one of my books of 2023 come December.
A massive thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my ARC – and Cesca Major for such an wonderful book. It’s out in March – and I would highly recommend you pre order it now ready for Easter long weekend!