Step Back in Time – Ali McNamara

Step Back in Time

How many lifetimes would you travel to find a love that lasts forever?

When single career girl Jo-Jo steps onto a zebra crossing and gets hit by a car, she awakes to find herself in 1963. The fashion, the music, her job, even her romantic life: everything is different. And then it happens three more times, and Jo-Jo finds herself living a completely new life in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The only people she can rely on are Harry and Ellie, two companions from 2013, and George, the owner of a second-hand record store.

If she’s ever to return from her travels, Jo-Jo must work out why she’s jumping through time like this. And if she does make it back, will her old life ever be the same again?

Having read all of Ali McNamara’s previous novels I was excited to read her new masterpiece, Step Back in Time – and masterpiece is exactly what this novel is.

Being a fan of time travel books, movies and TV shows it seemed that Step Back in Time would be right up my street, particularly when there’s a music theme that runs through it.

Straight away this reminds me of one of my favourite ever TV shows, Life on Mars, where DCI Sam Tyler is hit by a car in 2006 and finds himself back in 1973, with the music of the 70s (including lots of David Bowie) helping to tell the story, but that’s where the similarities end.

Ali McNamara cleverly weaves a compelling storyline through five decades – with characters changing, disappearing and reappearing – and ties any loose ends up wonderfully at the end. It actually gave me that “Aha!” moment when it all started to come together.

Step Back in Time has a Beatles theme, rather than David Bowie, and it is Ali’s best book yet! There are some fantastic characters and you can’t get bored for a minute as the decade and characters themselves are constantly changing.

No matter your age, you will love this story and find yourself reminiscing of your own moments in the decades featured. If you choose to read anything other than Christmas books for the next five weeks, make sure Step Back in Time is at the top of your list!

If you’re keen to purchase Step Back in Time, click the book cover at the top for more details.


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