What If… by Lisa M. Owens

 We’ve all had moments in our lives when we’ve wondered what would have happened if we had made a different choice in our lives.  Maggie Ryerson gets that opportunity in Lisa M. Owen’s “What If…”.   Things are not going so well for Maggie at the moment, and they’re getting worse as her husband has lost another job.  The only bright light in Maggie’s life is her daughter, but on one fateful night she bemoans her life and is told she can change it.  She is going to be shown what her life would have been like if she had taken a different path, being married to the rich guy she passed up years ago.  Quickly, Maggie learns that the grass is not always greener on the other side but will she ever be able to go back to her old life?   Although this book had an interesting plot, I mean who hasn’t fantasized about what their lives could have been if they had made different choice, I found it to be pretty predictable but it did keep me interested. I really liked reading the scenes between mother and daughter because I thought Owen’s did a good job with showing the relationship.There are some graphic sex scenes with Maggie and her husband(s) so I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone under 18.  The only real complaint I have with this book is the guardian angel character, I felt like that was unnecessary. The book could have moved along just as well without someone “guiding” Maggie, I think it would have been more helpful for her character to figure things out on her own. Also, sticking the character in her new life as a chef/servant was an odd choice.  Apparently this is the second book in Owen’s “If Only…” fantasy/romance series giving other characters the chance to see how their lives would play out with different choices.  I don’t know how I feel about her using the same trope on more books, but for this one I’d rate it 3 out of 5 stars.

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