cover image The Rehearsals

The Rehearsals

Annette Christie. Little, Brown, $28 (320p) ISBN 978-0-316-59299-4

Christie’s delightful debut explores a complex romance using a Groundhog Day twist. Megan Givens is ecstatic to finally wed the love of her life, Tom Prescott. The two fell for each other as freshmen at Harvard and have been together ever since. But when a disastrous rehearsal dinner throws together their incompatible families and brings secrets to light—including that Megan shared a one-night stand with Tom’s best man eight years prior—the suddenly unhappy couple call off the wedding. Luckily, fate has something else in mind, and when the pair wake up the next morning, it’s the day before their wedding all over again. As they relive the same nightmarish day multiple times, they realize they have the chance to change things. But will their actions make the future better or worse—or will they be trapped reliving the same awful day for the rest of their lives? Christie’s clever time-loop plot allows for great depth of emotion as her protagonists explore different paths and come to terms with what they can and can’t change about themselves and each other. This charming story delivers equal amounts of honesty and hope and is bound to win the hearts of rom-com fans. [em]Agent: Joelle Hobeika, Alloy Entertainment. (July) [/em]