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The Seven Year Slip

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Ms Poston truly astonishes with the fluidity of her writing, with her eloquent, crisp style that pulls you in immediately and holds you spellbound until the end.

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Oh, I just adored this! I didn't want to put it down at all, and if I didn't have any obligations, I would have definitely stayed up until 5 or 6am to finish it!!!

I've found that I love stories set in NYC—it's the familiarty of the city, knowing a street and a place and a landmark and grinning because I could be there too! It feels silly, but it's not bc familiarity is so lovely, I think.

My favorite part of romance books (I think only romance books, so far) is the small tragedies in them, which is weird to admit. That little bit of heartache the main character carries through the book—I always want more of it and discovering it throughout the book just makes everything else about the romance even better.

I adored Clementine, but what's more is that I adored her heartbreak about her aunt. It was so beautifully written, as grief often is. Poston really nailed that well.

And of COURSE I loved the romance! I couldn't get enough of Iwan, sweet guy he is. The friendships were amazing, as well—I knew Poston would write that bit incredibly. Fiona and Drew were as important to the story as Iwan was, and it made my heart so happy. Friendships are important relationships, too

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I love this author! This is the second book that I've read and they've both been wonderful. The author has an interesting premise and I very much enjoyed the ride. I would highly recommend this author and book!

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This was the sweetest story! i didn’t quite know what to expect beyond a romance with some magical realism and was completely swept away in this beautiful, swoony story of love and loss. I absolutely adored Iwan and the the beautiful depth of Clementine’s story. And I definitely loved the lemon pies!

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Clementine doesn’t want to get hurt so she distances herself from the people in her life. That is until she find a strange man standing in her aunt’s apartment. As the build rapport, they realize that he lives seven years in the past. Her aunt always said the apartment was a pinch in time, and now Clementine knows why. She knows this man could be the love of her life but is she willing to open her heart up to him.

Oh how I loved this story! I typically struggle with magical realism, but not with this book. Poston created such a fun and unique world, and I adored all the foodie aspects in the story. I really wanted things to work out with Iwan and Clementine. I just loved them together and was hoping they would find themselves in the world outside apartment B4.

This was my first book by Poston and I absolutely fell in love with it. She is a clever writer and I really enjoyed reading about Clementine finding herself. The friendships in the story were great, and the way she described the trips Clementine and her aunt on transported me to the places they traveled.

I enjoyed the audiobook narrated by Brittany Pressley. The subtlety and sereneness were perfect for this story.

I look forward to reading more from Poston.

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Finally read this book in February 2024 after having had the ARC from NetGalley for quite some time, and honestly I am extremely disappointed. The way I wanted to love this book. The way that I was fully prepared to become invested in the plot. And the way I was... not.

The good: the premise for the book was excellent. I mean what a stellar idea! A seven-year time slip and a love story to span the years? Sign me up. Another big hit: NO THIRD-ACT BREAKUP AND MISCOMMUNICATION. I mean for these traits alone I should have been running to the nearest bookstore to buy a copy.

But instead it brings me to the bad: the pacing absolutely ruined the book. The first half was bland, so much repetition and needless detail, what is happening here? By 40-50% I was like, "alright alright it is getting good." No. False alarm. Suddenly things pick up, characters are making moves and developing. 70% is like moving and suddenly sitting in an empty house when you literally only packed one box. Once the plot hit the climax, it didn't go anywhere! And then we get a rushed ending that ties everything up nicely, but gives us nothing else in terms of development. Truly some of the most intriguing details that "would have" made the plot shine, suddenly disappeared like dust.

By the end, I was irrationally angry at this book. And I felt robbed. I felt like as a reader I was presented with possibly one of the best romance book premises in recent history and then just Fyre Festival'd.

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I realize this feedback is almost a year overdue. I apologize. I finally had time to read it and I'm so glad I did. In addition to being a lovely, well-written story, it also made me think hard about the relationships I have now versus the ones I had with the same people years ago. What a great exercise. I told quite a few people that I love them this week, some as overdue as this review.

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I connected to this book from the get go. The way that Ashley Poston deals with grief is so real and relatable that anyone who has had to experience grief in any way can understand. The relationship between Clementine and Iwan is witty and raw. The time shift in this novel makes you think about your own life and how you would interact with those around you if you too were in that situation. We all wish we could have an eclectic aunt who leaves behind magic, and Clementine gets just that. All in all, I simply loved this book from cover to cover. I read it in one sitting and I can’t wait to recommend this book to other readers.

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I loved the author’s first book, The Dead Romantics; so I went into this with high expectations and it did not disappoint! It may be one of my favourite romance books of all time. The magical realism paired with such lovable characters was so compelling; the perfect amount of comedy and angst woven together with a beautiful love story.

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WOW. If this isn’t my favorite romance of the year I’ll be shocked. I loved everything about this book, from start to finish.

We follow Clementine, a book publish, as she is navigating grieving her grandmother and dealing with her apartment that she discovers time travels seven years in the past. Here she meets, Iwan, an aspiring chef that just moved to NYC. As we get glimpses of Clementines life in the present, when she returns to her late grandmothers apartment sometimes she is thrown back seven years with Iwan.

The plot of this book seems confusing but it was masterfully executed, so unique and FUN! The banter and romance in this book are also unmatched. I couldn’t get enough of this love story and was rooting for them the entire time. Both of the time lines were fast paced- I couldn’t wait to see how this book tied everything up at the end.

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for granting me free access to the advanced digital copy of this book.

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So beautiful BRB I need to find some tissues

This book is definitely top 3 in my romance faves of 2023. I loved everything about it and I was rooting for our couple the entire time. I especially love the nickname he gives her. LEMON...iykyk. So freakin cute and heartwarming and I hope Ashley never stops writing paranormal/magic romances because I am her for all of them.

Usually timey wimey books confuse me but this one handled the time travel aspect so well and kept us informed and learnt the entire time.

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Clementine must discover how to fall in love and stay in love, despite the fact that her apartment travels back in time!

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I loved this book so much! It was so beautifully written. The story just sucked me right in. The romance was everything but it was also about friendship, career struggles, family and grief. There was so much richness to this book. Highly recommend.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Berkeley Romance for providing me with an advanced copy of this book.

This has easily become one of my top romance reads I've ever read and will definitely be one of my favorites of the year. The way Poston writes about grief and loss and unbecoming and becoming again is raw, vulnerable, brilliant, and evocative. Timing is central to this story and Poston ensures that her pacing and timing of scenes and plot developments are tight and right on time. This is such a well-crafted book with some of the most romantic descriptions of food I have ever read. I literally have 0 complaints.

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Title: The Seven Year Slip
Author: Ashley Poston
Genre: Romance
Rating: 5/5⭐️
Recommended: Yes!

I put this book off for way too long for absolutely no reason. I am so happy I decided to take the leap and read this book because it was absolutely incredible.

I am not the biggest fan of magical realism in romance novels but I’ll make an exception for this book. I really enjoyed the way this book dealt with a time loop and addressed the plot holes that typically come with that.

Highly recommend this book!

Read if you like…
🍋 Magical Realism
🍋 Time Travel
🍋 Roomates to Lovers
🍋 Forced Proximity
🍋 Second Chance Romance
🍋 Right Person, Wrong Time (Literally!)
🍋 TW: Grief/Loss

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*•.¸♡ “𝚃𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎, 𝚠𝚊𝚜𝚗'𝚝 𝚒𝚝? 𝙸𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚜𝚗'𝚝 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚊 𝚚𝚞𝚒𝚌𝚔 𝚍𝚛𝚘𝚙 -- 𝚒𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚏𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐, 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚐𝚊𝚒𝚗, 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚘𝚗. 𝙸𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚏𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚢 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚖𝚎 𝚗𝚎𝚠 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎. 𝙸𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚑𝚘𝚠 𝚝𝚘 𝚎𝚡𝚒𝚜𝚝 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚗𝚎𝚠 𝚋𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚑. 𝙸𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚞𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚗 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚒𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚗𝚒𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚢 𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚍, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚒𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚜𝚗'𝚝 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚗 𝚏𝚘𝚛.” ♡¸.•*

When I say there isn't a book Ashley Poston could write that I wouldn't read, I truly mean it Book Lovers! I thought The Dead Romantics held the prize for breaking me into a million little pieces and then piecing me back together again UNTIL I read The Seven Year Slip. This story is about grief, healing, the passing of time, acceptance, and falling in love with your person at each phase of their life. Our MC Clementine has just experienced the loss of her aunt, the woman who was bigger than life itself and got her to fall in love with travel. She works long hours climbing the ladder at a publishing house as a publicist where her hard work is paying off. Gone are the days of travel and seeing the world, this is how Clementine copes with the passing of her aunt. She ends her days in the apartment her aunt has passed down to her. Located in Manhattan with a doorman whose been there since her childhood, this apartment holds many of Clementine's most cherished memories with her aunt. There is where she tries to protect her heart from anymore heartbreak, but that all changes when she comes home one day and there's a stranger sitting in her kitchen. Iwan with the southern drawl and a talent for making the most memorable lemon pies had rented the apartment from Clementine's aunt for the summer. Clementine is caught off guard and thinks it's some type of cruel joke since her aunt is no longer living. That is until she remembers those conversations with her late aunt who told her stories about the magic the apartment holds, time travel. Seven years to be exact, Iwan isn't the one in the wrong timeline or the wrong place. 

This is just one of those books that have stayed with me way beyond the final pages, I felt it all while getting wrapped up in "Lemon" and Iwan's story. Clementine can for some be seen as either the grump or an unlikeable character but for me, she was experiencing some major heartbreak and loss. I found her super relatable as someone who will fully submerge myself in work when grieving the loss of someone whose passed or just exited my life. The overall theme of falling in love over and over again with your person at the very many different phases of their life was beautifully written. Food was used to trigger memories and emotions while Clementine jumped between past and present, I could practically smell and taste the lemon pies in the kitchen and tacos from the food truck. If you enjoy Magical Realism, time travel, serendipitous love stories, and great food scenes this one hits the mark!

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Do you like a little bit of magic in your books?⁣

I’m anxiously awaiting A Novel Love Story coming out soon from this author but in the meantime - let’s talk about this one!⁣

The Dead Romantics was such a unique and fun read, and I’m happy to report The Seven Year Slip is just as clever of a love story - with a fun twist on the magic of time. It’s a right place, wrong time, love story that explores, grief, hopes and dreams, and a touch of heartbreak - all woven into a magical tale centered around small New York City Apartment.⁣

Pick this one us if you enjoy a captivating tale of growing up and chasing dreams, that is full of witty banter, swoony romance, and knowing that just like lemon pie - sometimes a little bit of time can make everything a little bit sweeter.

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Ashley Poston is not only one of my favorite authors that got me into reading the romance genre, but one of my favorite humans! Her personality always shines through every story and this one was no exception.

As a fantasy reader, I really enjoyed the magical apartment elements. Ashley constantly knows how to draw an audience with magic, humor and emotion!

Overall I enjoyed aspects of The Dead Romantics more, but Ashley continues to amaze me with her talent to write such relatable characters!

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Honestly, while I usually love this author and her touch of magical realism in her books, this one just really didn’t do it for me. I could not have cared much less for the main character and never got invested in her weird journey/ relationship.

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