Monday, July 22, 2013

Hindsight Review + Giveaway

Author: Sarah Belle 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Event organized by: Tasty Book Tours
Humour, wit, and just a touch of humility: the swinging 60s as you’ve never seen them before!

The universe has sent Juliette a sign. She wishes it had been an email instead...

Juliette’s career is on fire, her marriage and family are in melt-down, and a red-hot goddess wants her husband. But those are the least of her worries when she wakes up on her lounge room floor in the year 1961.

Without any of her modern conveniences — nanny, housekeeper, surgically attached mobile phone, designer wardrobe, and intravenous lattes — Juliette is just over fifty years out of her comfort zone. But as she takes on the role of a 1961 housewife, with gritted liberated teeth, she discovers an unexpected truth: slower doesn’t mean boring, at home doesn’t mean dull, and priorities don’t mean sacrifices.

As she finds unexpected friendships, a resuscitated love life, tragedy and triumph, Juliette begins to wonder if she really wants to return home after all.

Juliette suspects that her husband, Chris, is cheating on her with Anya, a hot single mum with a lusty gaze for Chris. Here Juliette turns to her older sister, Dash.
“Hey chickster,” she says. “What’s happened Are you alright”
“I think Chris is having an affair with Anya.” The words sting. It’s unbelievable that they are actually being spoken.
“Whaaaaaat No way! Uh-uh, no way in the world. Not Chris,” she says.
“I just heard it from her own mouth.”
“Onion told you that she’s having an affair with your husband” She’s outraged, which makes me feel a tiny bit better that someone is on my side. “Where is she I’ll sort her out.”
“No, she told her friend. I just happened to overhear their conversation. She said they kissed the night they all went out and that he is on the brink of leaving me. She wants to make a family — my family — with him. With MY HUSBAND!”
“Oh Jules, that’s awful. You poor darling. But it’s not true, is it” Dash knows Chris almost as well as me.
“Of course she’s lying, just wishful thinking. He wouldn’t, would he Everything’s been so wonderful. We’ve worked through so much in the last three weeks. We’re happy again.”
“No. There is no way that Chris would cheat on you. But…” She looks off into the distance as though some great philosophical thought is coming forth.
“But what”
“Is kissing defined as cheating” She raises an eyebrow.
“Of course it’s cheating!” I say. “If Joe pashed someone else, wouldn’t you consider that to be cheating”
Dash looks lost in thought and confused all at once.
“Besides, are you saying that it’s OK for him to pash that trollop” I ask.
“No, of course I’m not, Jules. But it’s subjective, isn’t it For some people kissing is alright. You know, some men think it’s OK to get a blowjob because it’s not intercourse. Do you think that Chris would define kissing as cheating”
“Well, yes, definitely.”
“You hesitated there. Are you positive that Chris would class pashing as cheating”
I slump backwards into a chair and look at Dash’s face, which is remarkably similar to mine, except without all the enhancements. The weight of my own heart seems unbearably heavy, dragging me off the chair and through the floor.
“I don’t know. He was very snappy with me when we talked about it the next day. It was so unlike him, he’s never spoken crossly to me before. But there’s been absolutely no sign since, nothing to suggest anything’s going on.”
“Did he say anything else about it” she asks.
“No, just that he would be offended if I was hinting that something happened between them…”
My eyes close as the connection is made. Snappy, accusing me of accusing him.
Dash looks at me as though…well, as though my husband has cheated on me.
Then come the tears.

 I rated Hindsight 3.5 leaves! I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve never read a book quite like this one before. It was a refreshing change of pace. It was a quick, light read. The story is simple, Juliette works too much. Like wayyyy too much. To the point that her husband and two kids never see her and start to hate her for how much she is missing out on their lives. Juliette is too absorbed with trying to please her boss and look a certain way from her fake boobs to her frequently colored hair and every beauty treatment in between. She manages to single-handedly ruin her home and family life in more ways than one. Then, all of a sudden, for reasons that we never really find out, she is suddenly transported to the 60’s. We assume it is so she can learn to appreciate the life she has. It is comical at times the way Juliette has to adjust to life in the 60’s where she is the classic stay at home mom. Only this version of a stay at home mom is a bajilion times harder due to the lack of technology. One thing I noticed is the never-ending drama in this book, whether it be in the present day or in the 60’s. Don’t get me wrong, I love drama; however, I hated the way Juliette handled things. Well, in the beginning at least, because halfway through her 60’s adventure, she learns the meaning of family and home. She takes her family-role a lot more seriously. Personally, it was hard for me to relate to Juliette as I am nowhere near a time in my life where I would be a mom. But, I will say I definitely did enjoy this book. The drama and the emotional roller-coaster make for a good, if not predictable, plot. The whole transporting to the 60’s thing is kind of random, but the author makes her point. I enjoyed the happily ever after, and I for sure would not want to be a woman living in the 60’s now.

Sarah Belle started her professional life in the hospitality industry, working in some of the roughest hotels in Melbourne in the late Eighties, surrounded by drug dealers, prostitutes, pimps, and undercover police. Tiring of the inherent dangers of her working environment, Sarah completed a business degree and went on to work in the recruitment industry and the Department of Defence, where she met and married the man of her dreams: a dashing, Army Blackhawk pilot. They have four young sons and live on the beautiful Queensland coast, where Sarah's days are spent being a frazzled mum, writer, Bikram Yoga devotee and the only woman in a house of five males. 


  1. I grew up in the 60's, sounds like a fun read.

  2. Thanks so much for having me on your awesome blog today, ladies!