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Imaginary Things Paperback – April 27, 2015
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Cleverly written with a perfect touch of magic, Imaginary Things will take you on a journey of the unexpected, and leave you contemplating the power of your own mind. (Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, authors of Your Perfect Life)
Rarely does a book surprise me. But Imaginary Things caught me completely off-guard! Andrea Lochen writes another beautiful book, filled with vivid scenes, unforgettable characters, and oodles of heart. With a page-turning plot and an utterly unique concept, Imaginary Things entertains, inspires, and provokes thought--a perfect book club pick. (Lori Nelson Spielman, author of The Life List)
If it's possible to write a witty modern fairy tale about a down-on-her-luck young mother, her erratic ex, and her charming four-year-old boy, Andrea Lochen has done it. Anna is not your typical overwhelmed mom, but her story feels like a friend's. Imaginary Things reminded me again and again that the act of raising a child is a love story, a test of strength, and a thrill ride. (Susanna Daniel, author of Sea Creatures)
An intriguing premise and some surprising twists make this an engaging, satisfying read that explores friendship, love and who we really are when it truly matters. A debut novel that offers a fascinating glimpse into one woman’s opportunity to rewrite her past and change her future. (Kirkus)
Lochen's debut novel takes deja vu to an extreme as 26-year-old Olive Watson wakes up on New Year's Day to find herself a year younger, still in bed with her ex-boyfriend, and faced with the sudden realization that she is being forced to take a second stab at the year 2011…Lochen's twist on the theme, with relationships taking center stage, makes this a perfect light summer read for chick lit lovers and book clubs. (Library Journal)
Lochen offers readers a nuanced message: although we do not fully control the outcome of events, we must figure out our best course of action and pursue it wholeheartedly. In a sense, The Repeat Year is about knowing what matters most to you and living your life with no regrets the first time around… the novel’s premise has a certain appeal for anyone who has wished for moments—if not years—they could do over again. (Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters)
The Repeat Year is a clever meditation on time travel. In Lochen’s hands, it’s far more than a plot gimmick—it’s about the myriad ways we second-guess and sabotage ourselves in the name of finding happiness. Her characters must find ways to let go of regrets and cherish the small moments of love in life, right now. I enjoyed this a lot. (Margaret Dilloway, author of How to Be An American Housewife)
The Repeat Year is a magical, fairy tale-like debut, and I will certainly be on the lookout for Andrea Lochen’s future releases. This book is for anyone who believes in second chances, fate, and the power of true love. (Luxury Reading)
The Repeat Year is warm, touching, and a thoroughly enjoyable read. Andrea Lochen has taken a comfortingly familiar idea and given it a fresh and unique spin. Her heroine, Olive, is complex and endearing, a fun character to spend a 'do-over year' with, even as she struggles to right her wrongs and earn redemption. Anyone who has dreamed of getting a second chance at love will not be able to resist this book. (Janis Thomas, author of Sweet Nothings)
A magical realist rom-com of great charm, The Repeat Year reflects with lively wit (and a surprising undertow of poignancy) on questions of fate and karma, chance and choice. (Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl)
This quirky story about tough decisions and second chances will capture the heart and give hope to those who feel lost. The main character is relatable in her struggle to break free of past habits and find happiness through honesty with herself and those she loves. For anyone who has ever needed a ‘do over,’ this novel gives hope for change and redemption. (RT Reviews)
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This book has everything to make for a fantastic read; rich and layered characters, an intriguing magical concept, the fierce love of a mother for her son, mystery, humor, and hope. Lochen proves that love conquers all and second chances are for real. I for one am waiting anxiously to see what the talented Andrea Lochen will have for her many fans next!
When I first read the synopsis of this book I was intrigued. I thought I was going to read a slighty supernatural story with some fun ups and downs. I mean, a book about a single, young mom who can see her kids imaginations come to life? This book is so much more than that, though. I have never read anything like it.
Lochen developed characters that so many people can relate to. I found myself comparing my life to that of Anna's, being a single mom myself, and there were so many things I found myself encouraging her through or shaking my head because I'd made the same mistake. This is a story of life. Simple as that. 'Imaginary Things' is a glimpse of reality mixed with imagination, the ups and downs, and the awesome adventure we call life. This book is the perfect description of a parent connecting with their child, the urge to keep them safe at all costs (even from... wait for it... imaginary things), falling in love, and moving on from the past. A tale of letting go and things falling into place.
'Imaginary Things' is such a magical book with a great lesson intertwined in the pages that I encourage everyone, young and old, to take the time to read this book. It is going on my favorites shelf and will probably be re-read sometime in the future (most likely multiple times). Have I mentioned the cover art is incredible too? It fits it so perfectly. I do not have enough hands to clap or hats to take off to let Andrea Lochen know how incredible her book was. If I could, I'd scream it from the rooftops. FIVE STARS!
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