#blogtour – Wide Awake Asleep by Louise Wise @louise_wise @rararesources #bookreview
I’m so excited to be on the blog tour for Wide Awake Asleep by Louise Wise today. Thank you to the author and Rachel Gilbey from Rachel’s Random Resources for the review copy and the place on the tour. Wide Awake Asleep is billed as a time travel romance on Amazon – right up my street! Here’s what it’s about:
Can you really be on the WRONG path in life?
No one knew she was driving on that stretch of road. No one saw her car leave the highway and crash into a watery ditch. No one heard the car’s windscreen smash or saw the tree branch come through to impale her to her seat. No one heard her screams.
Julie Compton’s life should have come to an end that day, but instead, that moment was the beginning of her new life as she wakes, unharmed, back in 1972 and primed to relive her traumatic childhood all over again. One flaw. She’s in the body of a stranger.
Journey back to the 70s and 80s England where Julie is forced to jump through the eras, occupying and controlling other people’s bodies she knew as a child. She must work out which destiny path was the wrong one all while wondering if her body, back in 2016, was dying in her car.
With each momentous change, her memories transform and she realises she’s not only changing her future but of those around her. She’s finally ‘living’ but does that mean she must die?
First of all, I just want to say that I absolutely loved this amazing book. A time travel book was always going to appeal but this one is done so incredibly well and it was just a pleasure to read from start to finish.
Julie Compton has a good life. She’s 49, happily single, with a thriving business but one day she has a serious car accident and finds herself back in 1972, not in her own body but in that of a stranger, an onlooker to her early life. From there she ‘time hops’ between various bodies as she tries to change her destiny and in turn that of her family and friends.
It was absolutely fascinating to watch Julie move around between her younger self and the people she knew as a child. Each person she inhabits has a role to play and through them Julie is able to try and change some of the bad things that she knows happened and also starts to see things that happened in the past in a different light.
The premise of this book is one that I really enjoyed for several reasons. One is that wouldn’t we all love to go back and see our childhood homes, bedrooms, friends again and meet our family again as we knew them in the past? Another is that it would be wonderful to be able to put right past wrongs and see the past with a greater clarity rather than in the black or white way a child sees them.
There’s one section where Julie visits shops from the past – well known ones that I remember well from my childhood and I just loved that blast from the past. It was a little trip down memory lane.
Louise Wise has written a brilliant book with Wide Awake Asleep. It’s so well written that I found it utterly plausible even though time travel is just a fantasy…..or is it? The author has clearly done some research into the possibilities of time travel, astral projection and the effects of déjà vu, all subjects that I find so interesting and with so many possibilities.
I can’t recommend Wide Awake Asleep enough. It’s just such a fabulous read on many levels. It took me back to a different era, one of VHS video tapes, Wimpy, no mobile phones, an altogether simpler time. It thrilled me, amazed and delighted me and I was completely absorbed by it. I loved it!
And lots of other fab blogs have taken part in the tour so please do have a look. Louise has written some really interesting guest posts and there will be other reviews as well.
Louise Wise is a British writer and has been weaving stories all her life—and for many years, she was a ‘closet writer’ with a cupboard is full of ageing manuscripts depicting fantastical romantic adventures!
Most of her books have an element of romance, but tend to cross over into other genres, giving them a unique edge.
Her debut novel is the best-selling sci-fi romance EDEN, which was followed by its sequel HUNTED in 2013.
A PROPER CHARLIE is a romantic comedy written purely for the chick lit market, but then she decided to unite her love of all things supernatural with romance and OH NO, I’VE FALLEN IN LOVE and WIDE AWAKE ASLEEP came along.
Her other works include SCRUFFY TRAINERS (a collection of short stories with a twist). She has written numerous short stories for women’s magazines including Women’s Own and Take a Break.
She loves hearing from her readers – the good, the bad and the ugly stuff they want to share!