Saturday, November 19, 2022

Review: The Rewind by Allison Winn Scotch


About the Book




Release Date
November 1, 2022

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Two exes wake up together with wedding bands on their fingers--and no idea how they got there. They have just one New Year's Eve at the end of 1999 to figure it out in this big-hearted and nostalgic rom-com from New York Times bestselling author Allison Winn Scotch.

When college sweethearts Frankie and Ezra broke up before graduation, they vowed to never speak to each other again. Ten years later, on the eve of the new millennium, they find themselves back on their snowy, picturesque New England campus together for the first time for the wedding of mutual friends. Frankie's on the rise as a music manager for the hottest bands of the late '90s, and Ezra's ready to propose to his girlfriend after the wedding. Everything is going to plan--they just have to avoid the chasm of emotions brought up when they inevitably come face to face.

But when they wake up in bed next to each other the following morning with Ezra's grandmother's diamond on Frankie's finger, they have zero memory of how they got there--or about any of the events that transpired the night before. Now Frankie and Ezra have to put aside old grievances in order to figure out what happened, what didn't happen...and to ask themselves the most troubling question of all: what if they both got it wrong the first time around?

My Review

Frankie and Ezra had been sweethearts back in college, but they broke up.  It wasn’t a pleasant break up and they haven’t spoken to each other in ten years.  When Frankie is asked to be a bridesmaid for one of her friends from college, she feels obligated to accept the invitation. Her only fear is that she will run into Ezra and that would be more than a little awkward.

Of course, Ezra does attend the wedding and she can’t help but run into him after all these years.  The good news is that he is planning to propose that night to his girlfriend.  The bad news is that they are still attracted to each other. 

The night after the wedding, Frankie and Ezra find themselves in a bed together with Frankie wearing Ezra’s engagement ring.  Neither one remembers what happened, but they are scared they may have somehow married each other.  They work together to find out what happened the previous night.

The premise of this book intrigued me.  Two former lovers waking up next to each other with no memory and apparently married?  Sounds like an interesting concept to me.  Add to that the book takes place in1999 on New Year’s Eve.  Remember Y2K?  I felt very nostalgic reading this one.

The point of view of each chapter switches back and forth between Frankie and Ezra. This gives the reader a chance to learn what is going on in each of their heads.  We are also given glimpses into the couple’s past which occurred ten years prior to this book. 

There were times I wasn’t happy with the characters and their reactions. There were also some slow spots for me, but it didn’t hamper my reading.  I was too curious to find out what was happening with these two.  

This is a new-to-me author and I’d definitely be interested in reading more of her work.

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FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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