Thursday, August 4, 2016

Book Review: In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch

In Twenty Years

Allison Winn Scotch


Book Description:

Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure—until the death of their ringleader and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what would have been Bea’s fortieth birthday.

But along with the return of the friends come old grudges, unrequited feelings, and buried secrets. Catherine, the CEO of a domestic empire, and Owen, a stay-at-home dad, were picture-perfect college sweethearts—but now teeter on the brink of disaster. Lindy, a well-known musician, is pushing middle age in an industry that’s all about youth and slowly self-destructing as she grapples with her own identity. Behind his smile, handsome plastic surgeon Colin harbors the heartbreaking truth about his own history with Bea. And Annie carefully curates her life on Instagram and Facebook, keeping up appearances so she doesn’t have to face the truth about her own empty reality.

Reunited in the place where so many dreams began, and bolstered by the hope of healing, each of them is forced to confront the past.

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My 5 Star Review

Five college friends reunite years later on the eve of what would have been their dear friend’s, Bea’s, 40th birthday in the same house they lived in at the university. Bea is no longer with them, and this, among other things, has put a strain on their relationship with each other. Each person, Lindy, Colin, Catherine, Owen, and Annie, are successful in their own way, but each one is at a crossroads in their lives. Will going back to where it all started heal them, or will it tear them even further apart?

Allison Winn Scotch writes a realistic, touching, and sometimes funny yet heartbreaking story of this group that once was so connected and now are more like strangers. The old saying goes, ‘you can’t go home again,’ but is that really true? Can these five people find what they’d lost so long ago in the place where they felt they were at their very best? Life moves on, people change as circumstances change, and sometimes we become the worst version of ourselves. These five people feel they are all moving in the wrong direction with their lives when they return to their youth for one weekend. Can they give up old grudges, forgive past transgressions, and finally feel free to be their true selves again?

I enjoyed this novel by a talented writer and look forward to reading more novels by Allison Winn Scotch.

(I received an advanced copy of this novel from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)


About the Author

Allison Winn Scotch is the bestselling author of five novels, including THE THEORY OF OPPOSITES, TIME OF MY LIFE, and THE DEPARTMENT OF LOST AND FOUND. Her sixth novel, IN TWENTY YEARS, will be released on July 1st, 2016. In addition to fiction, she pens celebrity profiles for a variety of magazines, which justifies her pop culture obsession and occasionally lends to awesome Facebook status updates. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. For more about her and her books, go to or follow her on Twitter at @aswinn.

I hope you will give this novel a try.


1 comment:

  1. IN TWENTY YEARS is on a lot of Best Books of the Summer lists and it would definitely be on mine too... if I had one. Highly recommended for fans of women's fiction!