The Glory Years
An uplifting, hilarious page turner that will make you laugh out loud!
by Mink Elliott
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Pub Date 27 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 22 Sep 2022
Kate O’Reilly loves a stroll down memory lane.
Nowadays she’s a mother to Declan and Phoebe, has the semi-detached in suburbia and the dependable husband, Seamus – but when faced with a never-ending pile of laundry and new chin hairs sprouting overnight, no wonder she daydreams about the past.
A time when the music was better (Girl Power forever!), her social circle was wider, Cool Britannia reigned supreme and only a penalty shootout stood between England reaching the finals of Euro ’96.
So, when a freak electrical storm takes her back in time to 1996, Kate’s elated – this is her chance to discover what might have happened if she’d only done things a little bit differently in the Nineties.
But as she relives her youth again, will Kate realise some things really are best left in the past? And will she ever be able to get back to the family she misses so much? Even if none of them know how to load the sodding dishwasher…
Previously published as A Mother Dimension, this has been extensively edited and rewritten.
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Average rating from 28 members
I absolutely adored the Glory Years. I have so many thoughts to share on this book, but I just had to put it out their how excited I am to acquire this title. Kate was such a fun relatable character. I love these time warp books and it was so fun to jump back into time with Kate ! It was so heartbreaking at the being to hear the thoughts her husband had about splitting up. I was so curious to flip the pages and see if Kate still missed her old life towards the end. Very nostalgic and cute! I remember so much of the blasts from the past which was fun!
I very much enjoyed the glory years and read it in a week! Which for a someone with dyslexia shows how enthralling it is! The time travel aspect was surprising and really added to the story. Its such a jovial, humorous and light hearted book that read so smoothly. The character development was great you felt like you grew with all of them! Overall a fantastic read
This is a nice story - at its best when exploring the gap between rose-tinted memories and the lived reality of them
I typically don't love a time travel book and I did struggle a bit with this one. It's just not something that I enjoy, but given that I still liked this story. It was very reminiscent of the "glory years". I think people who like the time travel aspect will REALLY enjoy this even though it may have not been for me!
Read if you like:
- sexual humour
- snarky, sarcastic narrator
- the 90s
I think pretty much everyone can relate to this book, like the feeling of wishing you could go back in time and do things differently.
This book was a super quick read for me, and I really enjoyed it. The humour was exactly my humour, and I laughed out loud several times!
The main character was very likeable to me, I liked her snark.
The message in the end was absolutely perfect for today; everything always ends up exactly how it’s supposed to.
Thank you so much to Netgalley and Hera books for my ARC in exchange for an honest review 💕
This ARC was provided to me via Kindle, from Hera Books and #NetGalley. Thank you for the opportunity to preview and review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
Adorable, heartwarming and inspiring. This is a perfect book club pick.
Wow! What can I say about this book? It completely exceeded all my expectations.
At the start of the book you are brought to the present day, meeting the majority of characters within the first couple of chapters. All the characters are well written and the majority are likeable. The book really picks up pace once we are transported back to 1996. There are a lot of twists and turns throughout the book which keeps you captivated and not wanting to put the book down.
I found that the book also got me thinking about what it would be like to go back in time and wonder what we would change if we could. Also, it makes you think if you did go back would it really be how you remember it or do we look back with rose tinted glasses on.
This is the first time I have read anything by this author and I wouldn’t hesitate to read anything else she has written in the future. I was sad when the book came to an end.
I LOVED this. This one was so, so good. I love a book that follows this age group and friends. 4.5 stars!
This book was everything I wanted it to be. It had me turned pages without even realizing. It was so good!
i loved this book! how fun would it be to go back to our younger years and relive them or how scary would it be!!
fab fun read
A quick, easy and fun read that I adored. I got into it really quickly and I couldn't put it down. I loved the charcaters and it made me laugh.
I adored this book. I absolutely loved all the 90s nostalgia. It took me back to my childhood and I was completely swept away by it. The characters were also great and the storyline was feel good and funny. Fab.
I may have only been 5 during in 1996 but god the nostalgia this book gave me was just beautiful! I cannot explain how gorgeous it was being able to 'live' in the 90s (which is obvs the best time period in my humble opinion). It was an engaging story about being grateful for what you have and for anyone who has ever wondered what if? this is the perfect story for you!
Lovely, quirky read! Loved the trip back in time. As a nineties kid myself the nostalgia was brilliant!!! Five stars!
Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publishers for letting me read this book in exchange for my review.
I loved the 90’s nostalgia, it was such a fun read and Kate’s character was a great person to follow.
Will add as a little disclaimer that there should be trigger warnings for the way bodies are spoken about/perceived as this might be uncomfortable for those who struggle.
Thank you NetGalley and Hera Books for providing me with an ARC of The Glory Years!
Synopsis: 55-year-old Kate (who loves to daydream about her past) travels back in time to re-live her 20s! As she relives her youth, Kate reflects if some things really are best left in the past.
⚡ Perfect for those who romanticize the past
⚡ 90s nostalgia
⚡ UK pop culture (which unfortunately flew over my head haha)
⚡ Back to the Future vibes but add a sprinkle of motherhood
The pop culture references were lost on me, but I still found The Glory Years a relatable, quick read. Overall, highly recommend it to those who love time-travel tropes and those who often wonder if they made the right decision.
Note: Instagram post published on Oct 27, 2022!
I really enjoyed this one! Kate is approaching her fifty-fifth birthday and feeling a bit down. Life hasn't turned out quite as she imagined and she wonders if things would have been better if she had made different choices in her past!
With her relationship with hubby Seamus stagnant (and sex-life non-existent) she starts to fantasise about her ex Tom... and suddenly finds her self transported back to to 1996, when she was a size 8 with a flat stomach and was in PR for a trendy music magazine. Could she distract Tom away from Tamsin, the office tart, who he originally left her for? Perhap she could impress her boss with some new ideas and progress her career in PR? However, ufbshe does this it may mean that she doesnt have her two beautiful (but rather grumpy) teenage children in the future!
A fun read! The author dubs the book a "mom-com" - how many middle aged mums look at the rose-tinted lives of peers portrayed on social media and wonder if life would better if they had done thing differently? Deep down, though, do they really want to change anything?
This was a refreshing read. I loved the time travel and how the main character looked differently at herself from the past and the present. A fun read. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.
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