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Maybe Next Time

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This is a 3.75⭐️ book for me. It was beautifully written and covered some poignant topics in a meaningful way. There were a few plot points that I wished had been developed a bit more, but were eventually explained and wrapped up. I liked the main characters growth through pain. 

Thank you to Net Galley, Harper Collins, the  Book Club Girl Early Read Progam, and Cesca Major for this ARC e book.
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I loved this book!!   Such a beautiful and tragic story about realizing what's important and what's not and taking time to smell the roses.   Emma is such a great character, I could see so much of myself in her.   The writing is great; witty and funny moments, moments that break your heart.   I couldn't put this book down!  Highly recommend!
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Thank you NetGalley and William Morrow for the copy of Maybe Next Time. This is my first book by Cesca Major and not in the thriller/serial killer genre I usually read but I loved the description so I thought I would give it a try. I’m glad I did because the writing style was so engaging. Emma is living the day before her husband Ben died over and over again. We learn the story of Ben and Emma mainly through Ben’s letters to Emma - an annual tradition for the couple. Ben’s letters are romantic and heartfelt and we see what an engaged husband and father he is.  We also learn about the things Emma tries to change every day to try to prevent Ben’s death. The story was so touching I cried a number of times. This is a book I won’t forget. 
My review doesn’t do the book justice- you have to read the book to really appreciate its brilliance. 5 stars.
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Maybe Next Time 
by Cesca Major
Pub Date: March 7, 2023 
William Morrow 
Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the ARC of this book. 
The cover is beautiful! 
The author is a novelist and screenwriter and has written 13 novels under different names.  Her books have been published in ten different countries. 
One Day meets Groundhog Day, in this heartwarming and emotionally poignant novel about a stressed woman who must relive the same day over and over, keeping her family and work life from imploding as she attempts to spare her husband from an unfortunate fate. 
How easy and tragic to get caught up in the stress of work and everyday life and forget what is really important. 
I found this book extremely sad but realistic. I know I will be thinking about this one for a long time. 
4 stars
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A huge thank you to Netgalley and William Morrow Publishers for this advanced reading copy of "Maybe Next Time" by Cesca Major.

Cesca Major's book, "Maybe Next Time", is Groundhog Day meets Before I fall, meets Premonition, and whatever other film or novel that depicts the main character repeating the same day over and over again.

The book opens to the most endearing scene of a man meeting a woman as depicted through a letter celebrating the relationship's 1 year milestone. His awkwardness pays off because they immediately hit it off and we are reintroduced to the pair years later.

Literary agent Emma is having one heck of a day. She seems to go throughout the day too busy to notice the things in her life that matter the most, like her husband, her children, even the family dog. That night Emma is in for a rude awakening when her husband Dan is killed. As shocked and heartbroken as she is she falls asleep that night only to wake up to repeat the day over and over again. Everyday Dan dies, again and again no matter what she does. What is the purpose to all this? Can she save the man she loves?

I give this book a full ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. I could NOT put it down. I found myself crying within the first few chapters. I went through every emotion imaginable right until the very end. I can't say more without giving away any spoilers. Read it for yourself and you will see!

You can catch Maybe Next Time on March 7th, 2023. Pre-order your copy today!
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Oh my goodness, wow, AHH! I have so many thoughts about Cesca Major's <i>Maybe Next Time</i> but can't think them aloud without spoiling the experience for other readers. Trust me, just read it. But only if you have someone to talk about it with after because you'll definitely want to. This was a solid 4.5 star read for me. Thank you to NetGalley and William Morrow for providing an advanced copy.
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an upcoming groundhog day story where a woman tries to save her husband with each relived day. I liked this one but eventually lost a bit of interest, to be fair I hated the movie Groundhog Day. ⁣3.5 stars
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Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of Maybe Next Time.

This isn't the first book I've read with a Groundhog Day premise (or the last). 

But I was eager to read Maybe Next Time because I hoped for something unique about the premise. And I'm glad I was given the opportunity to read this.

Literary agent Emma is a busy working mom. Not surprisingly, as busy as she is, she nearly forgets her Dateversary with her adoring husband, how unhappy her son and daughter are, and that the family dog isn't acting himself.

Interspersed with the narrative are touching, heartfelt letters Dan writes to his beloved soul mate, a ritual they began when they first married (and one Emma increasingly forgets).

We see how the they first met, how their relationship developed into marriage, what happened when their children arrived, and how Emma struggles to be perfect at everything, when all Dan wants is for her to be present for him and their family.

When Dan is killed in a car accident, the following morning Emma discovers she's reliving the same day again. And again. And again.

Is this a sign she can save her husband? Or is it something else and she's missing the point of her own Groundhog Day?

First, I liked Dan. It was nice to read a story with a nice guy in it; usually I read domestic thrillers and dramas and the men or man in it are always terrible.

Second, similar to Bill Murray's character in Groundhog Day, Emma goes through moments of hilarity and despair  when the day keeps repeating on an endless loop and she finds herself utterly at a loss as to what to do.

How does she stop it? Will it ever end?

Third, Emma soon realizes (with the help of an astute assistant) that this endless loop is a gift; an opportunity to connect with her husband, her children and their cherished family pet.

I love how the author explains the reasoning behind Dan's demise every day; why Emma is unable to save her true love.

This isn't a story about saving a life, it's about building a life with the people you love, forging friendships and bonds with them and knowing when something sad or terrible happens, you are not alone because that's what family and friends are for.
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Wow, what an intense read. This is a beautiful love story between Emma and Dan. I love seeing Emma work her way back to her family and find joy in the little things. 
It was a tough read as things are revealed, but it comes to a close with resolutions.
I read it in one day, I just had to know what happens. 

Thanks NetGalley & the publisher for this ARC!
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I loved this book so very much!!
I was sucked into the story immediately, and was thankful that I was off work the next day so
that I could just keep reading. It is a beautiful love story, and also full of reminders about what's important in life and what's not. 
Highly recommended!' ❤️
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