All About Us by Tom Ellen

A modern day twist on the classic A Christmas Carol!

I received this advanced copy from HQ on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

All About Us by Tom Ellen
377 Pages
Out Now

Opening Line: “Running was a bad idea.”

If you could turn back the clock, would you choose a different life?

Ben’s always loved the month of December, but this year, with his relationship with Daphne on the rocks, it’s missing its usual magic. And when his old flame Alice gets back in touch. Ben’s always thought of Alice as the one that got away, and he can’t help but wonder: what if he’d done things differently all those years ago?

He never imagines he might get to find out… but when a stranger sells Ben a mysterious watch one freezing winter’s night, he’s astonished to wake up the next morning on 5th December 2005: the day he first kissed Daphne, leaving Alice behind.

Now Ben must make the biggest decision of his life, all over again. But this time around, will he finally find the courage to follow his heart?

Two loves. Two lives. One destiny…

4 / 5

This book was not what I expected at all! It’s a modern day version of A Christmas Carol as Ben is taken back to his past, present and future to answer that burning question he has….did he choose the right girl all those years ago?!

Ben is always taken back to Christmas just a different year each time and each one was perfect. I thought the same as Ben most times, what could he possibly learn by going back to this moment, but as you go on this journey with Ben through each one you can see that what he saw at the time was always clouded by his negative thoughts or sadness he was experiencing. Each moment interlinked perfectly to the next, providing all the answers Ben needed. He learnt so much along the way and grew as a character.

The most heartbreaking and equally loveliest of moments was definitely when he got to go back to spend Christmas with his mum again who had sadly passed away. Ben is distraught and filled with so much guilt because he argued with her before she died, so for him to get the chance to go back was just so lovely. The author handled this so well and you could really feel how Ben must have felt. It was so emotional.

Overall it’s a beautifully written book which we can all definitely learn something from!

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