Blog Tour - The Other Us by Fiona Harper
I'm delighted to be the next stop on this blog tour, coming up is a fabulous guest post from the author about her life in the 90s followed by my thoughts on the book. So grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy...
If you could turn back time, would you choose a different life?
Publication Date: 4 May 2017
"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?"
ME IN THE 90s – Fiona Harper
My new book, The Other Us, features an unhappy empty-nester, Maggie, who regrets some of the choices she’s made in her life. However, a glitch in time means she gets to go back to the 90s and has a chance to live her life again. Will she make the same choices? And if she doesn’t, will the grass be greener on the other side of the fence?
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I was also in my early twenties at the start of the 90s, so it was fun to do the ‘historical’ research for the book (oh, that makes me feel old!), reminding myself what I was doing, wearing, watching on TV, listening to on the radio. If I could turn back time on some of my fashion choices, I surely would!
This was one of my fashion faves: in The Other Us Maggie mentions having a dress that’s a bit like one Julia Roberts wore in The Pelican Brief. We were all wearing those dresses in the early 90s: dark colours with a pale floral print and buttons down the front. This is one I wore to my step-sister’s wedding in 1993. I floated around in mine, pretending my curly hair meant I looked just a little bit like Julia. Pity I was about six inches too short to pull that off!
Unfortunately, I don’t look back on all my fashion choices with such affection. I had a lot of big floppy hats, and I blame Mayim Bialik for that, I really do. You might wonder what Sheldon Cooper’s girlfriend in The Big Bang Theory has got to do with anything, before Mayim was Amy, she was Blossom, and each episode of the teen show seemed to feature a new and wonderful hat! I did have one with flowers on the front like Blossom’s but, thankfully, I can’t find a picture of it!
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However, my most shameful transgression was probably…a bum bag. (Hangs head in shame.) Yes, I had one. Sorry. I think I bought the one in the picture for £3.50 from a stall in Penge High Street (classy!) I found it very useful when travelling alone in Europe when I went to an arts conference, so I’m sticking to the fact it was a practical purchase, no matter what anyone else says!
I’ve certainly changed jobs since the 90s. I started out as a dancer and dance teacher and by the time the millennium came around I was doing graphic design and video post-production. However, unlike Maggie, who wondered if she should ditch her husband and pursue a future with ‘the one that got away’, I’m still married to mine. After putting up with me all this time, I reckon he’s a keeper!
There was no messing about at the beginning of this book, it jumped straight into the action - I loved it!
The thought of getting another go at being twenty-one had my mind travelling back to when I was that age, although it certainly wasn't in 1992 like Maggie as I would have only been ten-years-old.
I wondered if there was a logical reason for what was happening to Maggie, it seemed as though she might be dreaming but I couldn't be sure. I loved jumping through her life and seeing where her choices would take her next, I was hooked by the idea of it and intrigued as to where it would end. It was just so easy to keep flipping the pages.
You may know by now that I love a good twist, well this book had plenty of them. Just as I thought things were headed in one direction something would come along and twist it all up, leaving me (okay, maybe not me but definitely the characters) facing a completely different direction.
I repeatedly changed my mind as to which life I thought was the right one for Maggie but as I read the final pages I felt content with the result. One question though - where's Billy now?
This was a thought-provoking and compelling story that sent my imagination into overdrive. A must read!
CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR
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Fiona's first book was published in 2006 and she now has twenty-four published books under her belt. She started her career writing heartfelt but humorous romances for Mills & Boon, but now writes romantic comedies and feel-good women's fiction for Harper Collins, as part of their HQ imprint.
She is a previous winner of the Joan Hessayon New Writers' Scheme Award, has had five books shortlisted for a RoNA Award and won the 'Best Short Romance' at the Festival of Romance three years' running.
Fiona lives in London with her husband and two teenage daughters.
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Thank you to Midas PR for sending me this book in exchange for my honest opinion.