Maybe Next Time By Cesca Major
‘Maybe Next Time’ is the latest book by Cesca Major.
Emma is having the worst day of her life. Frustrating. Chaotic. And the only person who could make it better is gone by the end of the day. Yet even worse than all of that: Emma keeps waking up to the same day, over and over again. But what if this is a sign things could be different? Can Emma change the heartbreaking end to this love story?
This is the first book that I’ve read by Cesca, although I’ve read a few by her other writing name, Rosie Blake and I’ve always enjoyed her stories and ‘Maybe Next Time’ is a beautiful story that tugs at the heartstrings with its tender ‘Groundhog Day’ theme plot.
The story is seen through the narrative of Emma, who is celebrating her anniversary with her husband Dan. Each year, they write each other a letter on the day that the met. But on this particular day, Emma is distracted by the pressure of life, her demanding job as literary agent, dealing with needy authors, as well as her own children and being a member of a community committee and her day ends tragically and unfortunately the day is repeated and Emma hopes that she will have a second chance to fix things.
I loved this story, it’s an emotional rollercoaster packed with charm, hope and wit. Emma is a brilliant character, her personality shines throughout the story as she struggles to keep everyone happy. This is affecting her relationship with Dan and it makes for sad reading, as we read Dan’s letter through the years and his frustration at Emma’s lack of involvement.
This book is a beautiful story, it’s sad, uplifting and also includes smaller sub stories that come neatly together. As the story progressed, I found myself falling for the characters and their situations, that by the time I reached the final page, I was a sobbing mess. ‘Maybe Next Time’ is a poignant story of love, never giving up and hope with an ending that will break your heart, so have tissues close by!
You can buy ‘Maybe Next Time’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.