November 1, 2021

She Wouldn’t Change a Thing

She Wouldn’t Change a Thing

by Sarah Adlakha

Published August 10, 2021
by Forge Books

Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Literary Fiction | Women’s Fiction

From the Publisher:

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 husband, 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. 

My Thoughts:

A really interesting entry in the time travel sci fi genre, with elements of romance, and a heavy dose of book club-esque women’s fiction as well.  The novel is peopled with solid characters.  Our protagonist, Maria, had good “voice”.  I really felt for Maria and the impossible choices and unusual struggles she had to deal with, as well as other intriguing characters who have to make life-altering, and heart-wrenching choices.

A fascinating premise, even though the time travel thing always frustrates my brain a bit.  Some of the “science” of the story seemed a bit conflicting, as well.  One other small thing is that the cover of She Wouldn’t Change a Thing is very similar to another book I ready recently, Diane Chamberlain’s The Dream Daughter, which also deals with time travel and unimaginable decisions.  So, that kept wrenching my brain a bit whenever I’d pick it up.

But, overall, I really enjoyed the story.  This tale had me seriously pondering mental health and whose right it is to determine what is normal and sane and what is not.  If you can get me thinking about new things, or learning something new, then that is a good book!

Recommended for science fiction, women’s fiction, and book club fiction lovers.

Check out a letter from the Editor at Forge Books for some further insight into this great book and what went into writing it.  Find it at: https://edelweiss-assets.abovethetreeline.com/MM/supplemental/She%20Wouldnt%20Change%20a%20Thing%20Letter.pdf

A big thank you to Sarah Adlakha, Forge Books, and NetGalley for providing a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for this honest review.

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