The Time of My Life

Reviewed by Kathie Smith

Lucy Silchester is at a good place in her life. She loves her cozy apartment, has a great job and is confident about her decision to end her relationship with her long-term boyfriend. Yes, she seems to be too busy to visit with her friends as much, but that is what a life as fulfilling as hers requires. At least, this is the story she is using to convince her friends, family – and herself – that her life is perfectly fine.

Lucy is in denial. Reality is that she was dumped by her boyfriend, who now has a prominent television show she is compelled to watch while scouring the background for the girl she thinks he is currently dating. She did not quit her promising previous job for ethical reasons, as she claims; she was fired. She has not allowed any family or friends to visit the hovel of an apartment she lives in and she leaves every get-together early to avoid discussing anything involved in her growing tangle of lies.

Life, however, is going to give Lucy a reality check – in person. She receives several invitations to meet her life, which she ignores. That is, until life ups its game and she realizes it is not going away. She begrudgingly agrees to the meeting and is shocked by the man chosen as her life. He is rude and she has no interest in talking to him, let alone discussing the details of her life. Except he is her life. Literally. And she can’t escape him.

Her life is fed up with her lies, bad decisions and deteriorating relationships with friends and family. He begins to show up at what Lucy considers inconvenient times and, eventually, he moves himself in to her apartment and begins accompanying her to work in order to have constant access.

Lucy is, in all honesty, not a likeable character. This makes sense considering the things she has done wrong are the focus of most of the book, but it does make it difficult to root for her or feel satisfaction when she gets something right. Lucy may be annoying because she represents all of us in some ways and delving into those areas of our own lives isn’t at the top of anyone’s list. The Time of My Life has excellent character development and, ultimately, the reader may feel a bit uplifted regarding their own future.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Kathie is a writer, wife, mother and volunteer living in the beautiful Appalachian mountains. Her passion for the written word is fulfilled by creating her own fictional work, freelancing, acting as an adviser to another author, and reading with her six year old daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow Paperbacks. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.