#bookreview: The Other Us By Fiona Harper

The Other Us Cover

Format: Paperback
Publisher: HQ Stories
Published: 4th May 2017
Pages: 384 Pages

The Blurb
If you could turn back time, would you choose a different life?

Forty-something Maggie is facing some hard truths. Her only child has flown the nest for university and, without her daughter in the house, she’s realising her life, and her marriage to Dan, is more than a little stale.

When she spots an announcement on Facebook about a uni reunion, she can’t help wondering what happened to Jude Hanson. The same night Dan proposed, Jude asked Maggie to run away with him, and she starts to wonder how different her life might have been if she’d broken Dan’s heart and taken Jude up on his offer.

Wondering turns into fantasising, and then one morning fantasising turns into reality. Maggie wakes up and discovers she’s back in 1992 and twenty-one again. Is she brave enough to choose the future she really wants, and if she is, will the grass be any greener on the other side of the fence?

Two men. Two very different possible futures. But is there only once chance at happiness?

Purchase the book: Amazon UK | Book Depository


The Review

What would you do if you had the chance to re-live your past? That’s what happens to Maggie, a forty-something mother who is bored with her current life and wants a change. Maggie gets the chance to turn back time and make different choices in her life, but what will the consequences be?

This book is full of what-ifs: what if Maggie had said yes more often, what if Maggie picked Jude, rather than Dan? what if she had lots of money? Essentially, a whole bunch of what-ifs. Maggie takes you through her journey of self-discovery, detailing her past and enlightens you into what happened before she married her husband Dan and had her daughter.

I think we’ve all experienced what Maggie is going through, haven’t we? Not so much that we hate our lives (unless you do!), but sometimes we always wonder how things may have turned out if we’d picked something different. I don’t have regrets, but I do wish I’d done (a few) things differently. I wish I was a more outgoing when I was younger, but then it could have made me into the person I am today – who knows?

I think I felt sorry for Maggie because she was stuck in a rut and I doubt that she was feeling the best. However, I don’t think she should have wished for a different life – Dan was her husband, and although he was moody, that’s not really a good enough reason to want to see what it was like to be with her ex Jude. Perhaps it’s the whole let’s see what happens and if it hits me in the face, so be it!

I like how Fiona included dimension to other characters: Jude, Dan, and her best friend (the name has totally left my head) because they definitely aided in how Maggie was feeling. Out of the two men that Maggie was pinning over, I much preferred Dan because he cared more about Maggie regardless if she couldn’t see it; he loved her dearly.


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