The Emancipation of Veronica McAllister*
If You Could Live Your Life Over…What Would You Do Differently?
What a great concept! The book starts with a dramatic death scene, and immediately the main character, Veronica, is transported not to Heaven or elsewhere, but back to her teenage body. Imagine being your younger self, with all the knowledge that you have after a long-lived life. The author does an excellent job of revealing Veronica’s new and old past and future slowly. She is at turns nostalgic (seeing loved ones long since dead) and unsure of how to proceed (does she choose a different man to marry if it means she won’t have the children she loves). The author also gives a lot of detail of what living in 1950s small-town Oregon was like; you feel like you are there! I enjoyed joining Ronnie on her journey.