Release Date: October 13, 2020
Genre: Adult Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
If you could turn back the clock, would you choose a different life?
Ben’s always loved the month of December, but this year, with his relationship with Daphne on the rocks, it’s missing its usual magic. And then his old friend Alice gets back in touch. Ben’s always thought of Alice as the one that got away, and he can’t help but wonder: what if he’d done things differently all those years ago?
He never imagines he might get to find out… but when a stranger sells Ben a mysterious watch one freezing winter’s night, he’s astonished to wake up the next morning on 5th December 2005: the day he first kissed Daphne, leaving Alice behind.
Now Ben must make the biggest decision of his life, all over again. But this time around, will he finally find the courage to follow his heart?
There is a Q&A with Tom Ellen at the end of All About Us and I honestly think it made me love the book even more, does that ever happen to anyone else? I seem to be reading quite a few books lately that involve time traveling and I am really enjoying them. I loved the old man that sold Ben the watch, and I really enjoyed how he kept popping up during the book. It was interesting to see how Ben evolves through the story, and it was so beautifully written. Ellen is clearly a talented writer, and he made this book funny, emotional, and thought-provoking which are all things I loved about it.
All About Us is not a conventional Christmas romance and that was another thing it had going for it. I thought it was so fun that the author got his inspiration from A Christmas Carol but then made the story his own. It looks at relationships and second chances and is a feel-good book while also being intuitive and powerful. Of course, I had to listen to the audio, and I thought Michael Fox did such a great job with it. It was an enjoyable listening experience and I could understand him even with his accent, so if you are an audiobook lover, I recommend it for this book.
I teared up a few times during All About Us and I love the message it delivers. I was also excited to see that Ellen has another book in the works right now which I will most certainly be reading. While this book only really touches on Christmas, I think it is still a great read for the holiday season. The simple but beautiful cover really gives me life, and I have a feeling this is going to be a book I hold on to even though it wasn’t quite a 5-star read for me.
Thank you to The Book Drop for providing me with a copy of this book, all opinions and thoughts are my own.