Tropes/Info: magical realism, time travel, food/travel, forced proximity, grief, swoony & beautiful
WOW! You know how there are some books out there that capture your attention, whisk you off to another world, and make you fall in love with reading? The Seven Year Slip is one of those books. I could not put it down and was drawn into the world that Ashley Poston created. I didn’t want it to end, and I know I will re-read it. It’s a top book of 2023 for me!
“She only ever had two rules in this apartment—one, always take your shoes off by the door. And two: never fall in love.”
The Seven Year Slip touched on grief beautifully. Although Clementine’s grief was a large part of the story, it didn’t overpower it. I thought that subject was handled well, and I loved learning more about Clementine’s relationship with her aunt. It sounded like they had an extraordinary bond.
“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”
Watching Clementine’s personal growth during the book was one of my favorite aspects. She starts off thinking she has to live life a certain way and by playing things safe. But then, throughout the book, she learns to open herself up to new things and to take more risks. I loved seeing that for her. It was so easy to root for her!
“In my aunt’s apartment, it almost felt like time stood still.”
Last, I ADORED the magical apartment that brought Lemon (what a cute nickname!) and Iwan together. Ashley wrote about the apartment in so much detail that I felt physically present. The apartment almost felt like a character in this story, and I loved it. It’s hard to explain exactly how the apartment made me feel, but it was a mix between nostalgia and comfort. Reading about the apartment and watching Lemon and Iwan fall in love was a magical experience.
If you can’t tell yet, The Seven Year Slip gets ALL the stars from me. It was a phenomenal book, and I can’t wait to read everything Ashley Poston writes in the future!
Thanks to Berkley Romance for sending a free copy of this book my way.