Five First Chances, a review by Shelley

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Sarah Jost

Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: April 18th, 2023
400 Pages
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Every single small decision you make can spoil it all.

I really enjoyed this time loop premise as it was unique in the way that the character doesn’t know it’s happening right away and she slowly realizes it bit by bit as she goes through her five chances. I was surprised by how sad this story was, romance novels are usually of the cutesy kind. I also loved how all the secondary characters were essential to the story in some way.

Lou was such an endearing main character and I couldn’t help but be carried away on her journey and cheer her on to find happiness. There is a lot of heavy subject matter in the book..miscarriage, mental health issues, cancer, death and bereavement. But they are all central to the story and are used sensitively and not in a gratuitous way. The ending has a twist and I did not see it coming and was an oh my gosh moment. This was an excellent debut and honestly, I can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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