Thursday, January 4, 2018
Hindsight by Sarah Belle
The universe has sent Juliette a sign. She wishes it had been an email instead...
Juliette’s career is on fire, her marriage and family are in melt-down, and a red-hot goddess wants her husband. But those are the least of her worries when she wakes up on her lounge room floor in the year 1961.
Without any of her modern conveniences — nanny, housekeeper, surgically attached mobile phone, designer wardrobe, and intravenous lattes — Juliette is just over fifty years out of her comfort zone. But as she takes on the role of a 1961 housewife, with gritted liberated teeth, she discovers an unexpected truth: slower doesn’t mean boring, at home doesn’t mean dull, and priorities don’t mean sacrifices.
As she finds unexpected friendships, a resuscitated love life, tragedy and triumph, Juliette begins to wonder if she really wants to return home after all.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
I have to admit, I wanted to read Hindsight completely because of the cover. I took one look at that gorgeous cover, and was sucked in immediately. I knew I had to read it, even though I knew nothing about the plot. I'm glad that the cover did draw me in. Even though I didn't even read the synopsis of the book, I ended up loving it.
If I would have read the synopsis of Hindsight first, I probably wouldn't have even wanted to read the book. It's definitely not my usual type of read. Chick-lit is one of my least favorite genres. However, I ended up loving the book. It wasn't your typical chick-lit book. There were plot twists that I didn't guess beforehand. The characters were actually interesting, and had their own fleshed out personalities. They weren't the flat, boring, cookie cutter characters that are in most chick-lit books.
The only thing I didn't like about the book was the way that it ended. I don't want to go into too much detail because I don't want to ruin it for those that haven't read it, but I thought that there could have been so much more. To me, it felt like a very abrupt ending. I wanted to know how things turned out in the alt-universe. I was bummed that there was no answer to that, and it just kind of left the reader hanging.
Other than the abrupt ending, I loved Hindsight. It took the genre of chick-lit and put a fresh, new spin on it. It actually made me enjoy my least favorite genre, which I didn't think was possible. It made the genre interesting and relevant again. It was also a perfect introduction to a new-to-me author, Sarah Belle. I will definitely be reading more of her backlog of books in the future.
I give Hindsight: 4/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.