Time of My Life by Allison Winn ScotchJillian Westfield has the perfect suburban life straight out of the upscale womens magazines that she obsessively reads. She’s got the modern-print rugs of Metropolitan Home, the elegant meals from Gourmet, the clutter-free closets out of Real Simple, and the elaborate Easter egg hunts seen in Parents. With her successful investment banker husband behind the wheel and her cherubic eighteen-month-old in the backseat, hers could be the family in the magazines’ glossy Range Rover ads.
Yet somehow all of the how-to magazine stories in the world can’t seem to fix her faltering marriage, banish the tedium of days spent changing diapers, or stop her from asking, “What if?”
Then one morning Jillian wakes up seven years in the past. Before her daughter was born. Before she married Henry. Suddenly she’s back in her post–grad school Ikea-furnished Manhattan apartment. She’s back in her fast-paced job with the advertising agency. And she’s still with Jackson, the ex-boyfriend and star of her what-if fantasies.
Armed with twenty-twenty hindsight, she’s free to choose all over again. She can use the zippy ad campaigns from her future to wow the clients and bosses in her present. She can reconnect with the mother who abandoned her so many years before. She can fix the fights at every juncture that doomed her relationship with Jackson. Or can she?
With each new choice setting off a trajectory of unforeseen consequences, Jillian soon realizes that getting to happily ever after is more complicated than changing the lines in her part of the script. Happiness, it turns out, isn’t an either-or proposition. As she closes in on all the things she thought she wanted, Jillian must confront the greatest what-if of all: What if the problem was never Henry or Jackson, but her?
Sharp, funny, and heartwarming, Time of My Life will appeal to anyone who has ever wanted to redo the past and will leave readers pondering, “Do we get the reality we deserve?”
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And I never had much money I never been quite satisfied But you can weave the unraveled strings And you ease my worried mind You ease my worried mind. Hallelujah Band I stood next to the tracks Just to feel something pushing back Tearing through each doubt and sin The train was an iron wind. I climbed down underground To listen for a new sound Found a river underneath our feet Dark and silent, deep. I stood next to the tracks Just to feel something pushing back Tearing through each doubt and sin The train was an iron wind. I return every last time With a strong and a hopeful heart But under a mocking blue sky Somehow it all just crumbles apart Oh it all just crumbles apart. He watches on the edge Dirty coat, shaggy mane Too wild for this world, Too tame for mustangs.
Dirty bit. I-I came up in here to rock Light a fire, make it hot I don't wanna take no pictures I just wanna take some shots. So come on, let's go Let's lose control Let's do it all night Till we can't do it no more. People rocking to the sound Turn it up, and watch it pound We gon' rock it to the top Until the roof come burning down. I got freaky, freaky, baby I was chilling with my ladies I didn't come to get bougie I came here to get crazy. I was born to get wild That's my style If you didn't know that Well, baby, now you know, now.
I've been waiting for so long Now, I've finally found someone to stand by me We saw the writing on the wall As we felt this magical fantasy. Now, with passion in our eyes There's no way we could disguise it secretly So, we take each other's hand 'Cause we seem to understand the urgency. Just remember You're the one thing I can't get enough of So, I'll tell you something This could be love! With my body and soul I want you more than you'll ever know So, we'll just let it go Don't be afraid to lose control, no Yes, I know it's on your mind When you say: Stay with me tonight Stay with me. Just remember You're the one thing I can't get enough of So, I'll tell you something This could be love.