The Seven Year Slip

- Ashley Poston


Sometimes, the worst day of your life happens, and you have to figure out how to live after it.

So Clementine forms a plan to keep her heart safe: stay busy, work hard, find someone decent to love, and try to remember to chase the moon. The last one is silly and obviously metaphorical, but her aunt always told her that you needed at least one big dream to keep going. And for the last year, that plan has gone off without a hitch. Mostly. The love part is hard because she doesn’t want to get too close to anyone—she isn’t sure her heart can take it.

And then she finds a strange man standing in the kitchen of her late aunt’s apartment. A man with kind eyes and a Southern drawl and a taste for lemon pies. The kind of man that, before it all, she would’ve fallen head-over-heels for. And she might again.

Except, he exists in the past. Seven years ago, to be exact. And she, quite literally, lives seven years in his future.

Her aunt always said the apartment was a pinch in time, a place where moments blended together like watercolors. And Clementine knows that if she lets her heart fall, she’ll be doomed.

After all, love is never a matter of time—but a matter of timing.



"This apartment is magical," Aunt Analea once said, sitting in her wingback chair the color of robin's eggs, her hair twisted up with a silver dagger hairpin.


solid, good read:

* Thanks to NetGalley and HQ Fiction for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided. *

After loving Among the Beasts & Briars, I was very excited to be approved for an ARC of The Seven Year Slip. Even with a wildly different genre and theme, I had complete confidence in Poston's writing and was not disappointed.

Clementine is such a relatable character that it was very easy to fall into her life, and Poston writes this time travelling apartment so matter of factly that it is not difficult to believe it could actually happen.

Except for the whole Iwan not dating or moving on for seven years after a few interactions with Clementine. That part is a little difficult to believe.

As much as I would've enjoyed Iwan's perspective, seeing everything from Clementine's point of view kept the time travel confusion to a minimum.

The apartment was magical. You couldn't convince me otherwise. I just thought it was my aunt who made it magical - the way she lived, wide and wild, that infected everything she touched.

My favourite parts of The Seven Year Slip were when we got to focus on Clementine. Her struggle to deal with the grief of losing her favourite aunt while trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. She has always seen herself in her aunt and finds it difficult to come to terms with what this means for her future. The romance parts were good, but I wish more time had been devoted to this aspect of the narrative because I found it very compelling.

With travel, good food, lots of books, and a little time travel, there's a lot to love about The Seven Year Slip.



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