The Love of my other Life opens with Josie Cavendish on her way to meet friends to celebrate her birthday when she's knocked off her bike. When she wakes up in hospital shortly afterwards her whole world has changed as somehow she's managed to enter into her very own parrallel universe! Sitting next to her bedside is a gorgeous man who tells her that she's his wife and when he takes her home it's to a perfect luxury penthouse apartment and she discovers that she works in marketing for a deluxe real estate company. All of this is a far cry from the life she clearly recalls where she works at a radio station, sings in a choir, lives in a modest home and is on the brink of dating a guy she's had a big crush on. What on earth is going on? How can she fix things but more importantly - does she want to?
I was drawn to read this book as it sounded like something a little different. . . and it certainly was! I'm a big fan of dual timeline novels but a parallel universe scenario was a new thing for me (despite having watched the film Sliding Doors several times over the years) and I absolutley loved it! For a debut novelist to tackle this I think was very brave but it has definitely paid off and the result is a thought-provoking and stunning read. I was fully invested in both versions of Josie all the way through and as a result I raced through the story in a few days, picking it up at every opportunity I had.
The author has a writing style that really flowed and I found it easy to know which Josie I was with and the story was much more complex than the symopsis would lead you to believe. For me this was a wonderful book to lose myself in and it left me wondering what would be different in my own life had I made other choices.
All in all I adored this impressive debut novel from C. J. Connolly and I honestly can't wait to read more from her.
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About the author
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CJ Connolly is a writer based in Vancouver, Canada, but hailing originally from the UK. By day, CJ has a career in communications and journalism, with two decades of editing, writing, and marketing experience in the Vancouver and London media and tech industries.
She has also been the host of a real estate-focused talk radio show and has been seen many times reporting on TV and speaking on conference panels.
In her free time – in addition to writing contemporary romance novels – CJ is passionate about singing, and is a member of a vocal group in Vancouver. Although she is happily child-free, the great loves of CJ's life are her young nephews Oscar and Felix, who live much too far away in Munich, Germany.You can find out more about C. J. Connolly and connect with her using the links below:
With kind thanks to Joffe Books and Jill at Books 'n' All Promotions for my review copy and spot on the blog tour.