She wouldn't change a thing

Sarah Adlakha

Book - 2021

"Sliding Doors meets Life After Life in Sarah Adlakha's story about a wife and mother who is given the chance to start over at the risk of losing everything she loves. A second chance is the last thing she wants. When thirty-nine year old Maria Forssmann wakes up in her seventeen-year-old body, she doesn't know how she got there. All she does know is she has to get back: to her home in Bienville, Mississippi, to her job as a successful psychiatrist and, most importantly, to her hu...sband, daughters, and unborn son. But she also knows that, in only a few weeks, a devastating tragedy will strike her husband, a tragedy that will lead to their meeting each other. Can she change time and still keep what it's given her? Exploring the responsibilities love lays on us, the complicated burdens of motherhood, and the rippling impact of our choices, She Wouldn't Change a Thing is a dazzling debut from a bright new voice." --

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Fantasy fiction
New York : Forge 2021.
First edition
Item Description
A Tom Doherty Associates book.
Physical Description
294 pages ; 22 cm
Main Author
Sarah Adlakha (author)
Review by Booklist Review

Maria Forssmann is 39 years old, a successful psychiatrist with a charming husband, two beautiful daughters, and a son on the way, when she inexplicably wakes up in her 17-year-old body. Desperate to return to her life in the future, Maria finds herself committed to a mental health facility where she meets a doctor who may be able to help her--he's also a time traveler. He explains that she returned to this time and place for a reason, and only completing her mission will send her back. Miles away in another state, her future husband's family is about to suffer a terrible tragedy. Maria has the knowledge to prevent it, but doing so would also alter the future and thus erase her marriage. Adlakha's debut is a truly compelling read, making the reader consider what they would do if offered a second chance, how they might deal with an impossible choice, and what is most important in life. The characters are relatable, the story is gripping, and the blend of domestic fiction with a hint of science fiction is just plain great. Offer it to fans of Kate Atkinson's Life after Life (2013), Jo Walton's My Real Children (2014), and book clubs.

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