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In this delightful and romantic debut novel―with a Groundhog Day twist―a couple calls off their wedding after a disastrous rehearsal dinner, only to wake up the next morning trapped in a time loop. Together. Two people. One wedding. No end in sight. "A sweet, delightful romance." —People “Irresistible.” —Elin Hilderbrand "An enchanting and compelling look at life's what-if In this delightful and romantic debut novel―with a Groundhog Day twist―a couple calls off their wedding after a disastrous rehearsal dinner, only to wake up the next morning trapped in a time loop. Together. Two people. One wedding. No end in sight. "A sweet, delightful romance." —People “Irresistible.” —Elin Hilderbrand "An enchanting and compelling look at life's what-if's." —Helen Hoang "Terrific fun from beginning to end." —Sarah Haywood Megan Givens and Tom Prescott are heading into what is supposed to be their magical wedding weekend on beautiful San Juan Island. But with two difficult families, ten years of history, and all too many secrets, things quickly go wrong. After a disastrous rehearsal dinner they vow to call the whole thing off—only to wake up the next morning stuck together in a time loop. Are they really destined to relive the worst day of their lives, over and over? And what happens if their wedding day does arrive? A funny, romantic, and big-hearted debut novel, The Rehearsals imagines what we might do if given a second chance at life and at love—and what it means to finally get both right.


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In this delightful and romantic debut novel―with a Groundhog Day twist―a couple calls off their wedding after a disastrous rehearsal dinner, only to wake up the next morning trapped in a time loop. Together. Two people. One wedding. No end in sight. "A sweet, delightful romance." —People “Irresistible.” —Elin Hilderbrand "An enchanting and compelling look at life's what-if In this delightful and romantic debut novel―with a Groundhog Day twist―a couple calls off their wedding after a disastrous rehearsal dinner, only to wake up the next morning trapped in a time loop. Together. Two people. One wedding. No end in sight. "A sweet, delightful romance." —People “Irresistible.” —Elin Hilderbrand "An enchanting and compelling look at life's what-if's." —Helen Hoang "Terrific fun from beginning to end." —Sarah Haywood Megan Givens and Tom Prescott are heading into what is supposed to be their magical wedding weekend on beautiful San Juan Island. But with two difficult families, ten years of history, and all too many secrets, things quickly go wrong. After a disastrous rehearsal dinner they vow to call the whole thing off—only to wake up the next morning stuck together in a time loop. Are they really destined to relive the worst day of their lives, over and over? And what happens if their wedding day does arrive? A funny, romantic, and big-hearted debut novel, The Rehearsals imagines what we might do if given a second chance at life and at love—and what it means to finally get both right.

30 review for The Rehearsals

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shay ☆

    5 stars. Think Palm Springs & Groundhog Day but angsty-er. "Every choice she made in every single day seemed to be the wrong one. How could she try on life after life and still have nothing fit?" This is a brilliantly-written & outstanding rom-com that will leave you breathless. It is everything I've ever wanted in a rom-com. *SPOILER-FREE: Megan & Tom is preparing what should be the best day of their entire lives. 12 long years together & there is no one else they are more familiar with & f 5 stars. Think Palm Springs & Groundhog Day but angsty-er. "Every choice she made in every single day seemed to be the wrong one. How could she try on life after life and still have nothing fit?" This is a brilliantly-written & outstanding rom-com that will leave you breathless. It is everything I've ever wanted in a rom-com. *SPOILER-FREE: Megan & Tom is preparing what should be the best day of their entire lives. 12 long years together & there is no one else they are more familiar with & finally they were going to get married. 12 years is a very long time for secrets to pile & build momentum, finally exploding on their rehearsal dinner leaving both of them stranded & lost on the where the path ahead was going to be. This is story of family feud, second-chances & finding your best self. This was so fast-paced & eventful that I could only put it down once before I devoured it in two sittings. At first I was afraid that the time-loop would become repetitive but it was the exact opposite. This book was an unpredictable whirlwind (I mean this in the best way) & absolutely hilarious. Each day-repetition brought revelation after revelation that was sprinkled with humorous yet meaningful anecdotes & happenings. I absolutely loved how life-like & realistically human the characters were. I found Megan to be extremely relatable in her relationship with her mother. In my life, I don't think I've ever had a relationship more toxic than the one I've had with my own mother. It is a love-hate relationship that veers towards hate more than love & it was so inspiring to see Megan wade through the muddy pieces of her borderline-traumatic childhood & find herself, a better version of the daughter her mother raised. Nothing was more refreshing than seeing Tom break out of the cage his family & his own cowardice have confined him in for decades. The family aspect of this was so well-done. I truly felt suffocated & exhausted every time I was in the vicinity of the family members. The chaotic, often toxic mess called family is something my Asian ass can relate to 100%. The interactions captured the familial dynamics perfectly. This book deals with the tough tangled mess of family & love delicately but firmly, something I appreciate to no end. (view spoiler)[Also, that day when both of them were just like "F*ck it! I'm going to do whatever I want!" was so hilarious. I had a blast! Megan peeing with the door open & Tom spontaneously taking off his shirt at the golf course & throwing it at a nearby lady are two of the most memorable scenes for me. (hide spoiler)] It is safe to say that the characters were very substantial & full of depth & complexity. I was completely invested in their individual inner conflicts & growth. Consequently, I was even more invested in their relationship. The romance was IMPECCABLE. It felt raw, authentic & full of angst. This book is filled with the cutest & most endearing memories of their 12-year relationship & as the book went along, I fell more & more in love with their love. Their relationship is far from perfect & really showed how much work goes into it, often making the conscious decision to choose one another, to choose love. It is impossible for partners to feel certain & sure in each other everyday for decades upon decades & this book really showed the sense of uncertainty that comes with every real long-term relationship. Their love was profound, deep & mature. Something that is rare in rom-coms. Christie's prose is beautiful & emotional. Her writing had me highlighting lines here & there as there were so many frame-worthy quotes. The book was extremely easy to read & flowed so well. It was easy to connect with the writing & I fell into Megan & Tom's world right away. This book induced in me, a myriad of emotions, mini epiphanies & tugged at all my heartstrings. The ending had my heart swelling to twice its size. I have decided to champion this book as one of the best contemporary romance releases of this year & would highly recommend this to everybody. Despite the story sounding a little weighty, it definitely is still considered a light read that is substantial & memorable. It brought me back to my days of my Sophie Kinsella binge-reads & this book was just as superb. 〖 Follow me on Instagram (@shashaybooks)! 〗 I cannot thank Hodder & Stoughton enough for providing me a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

    Spoilers be damned. This was a strong No. Megan and Tom were awful together. I am all for the lies, betrayals, angst, secrets, misunderstandings, crazy rich family dynamics, second chance in re-discovering love but I do not condone cheating from the main characters whatsoever. Meg slept with Leo—Tom's best friend from college and best man at the wedding—not once, but twice and had the audacity to throw it at Tom’s face. I was not feeling that. Alongside that, once Meg's cheatfes Spoilers be damned. This was a strong No. Megan and Tom were awful together. I am all for the lies, betrayals, angst, secrets, misunderstandings, crazy rich family dynamics, second chance in re-discovering love but I do not condone cheating from the main characters whatsoever. Meg slept with Leo—Tom's best friend from college and best man at the wedding—not once, but twice and had the audacity to throw it at Tom’s face. I was not feeling that. Alongside that, once Meg's cheatfest was revealed addition to Tom’s inability to inform his fiancé that he accepted a job offer and they will be moving to Missouri without her knowledge the day of their wedding rehearsals, I was done and over with this couple and I pretty much just ended up skimming to the last few pages to catch their ‘happily ever after’. Gag. Obviously this ‘funny, romantic, and big-hearted debut novel’ missed the mark and there is a high, high chance I will not read from this author again.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Flynn

    Five resounding stars! A refreshing and very astute observation of relationships, both the ones you have with the people closest to you and the one you have with yourself. THE REHEARSALS is smart and nuanced, the kind of book that makes its reader feel seen. Anything set around a wedding is kryptonite for me, and Annette Christie beautifully weaves wedding angst with secrets, betrayals, confrontation, and what it really means to choose someone else, and yourself. Beautiful, fun, and surprising. Five resounding stars! A refreshing and very astute observation of relationships, both the ones you have with the people closest to you and the one you have with yourself. THE REHEARSALS is smart and nuanced, the kind of book that makes its reader feel seen. Anything set around a wedding is kryptonite for me, and Annette Christie beautifully weaves wedding angst with secrets, betrayals, confrontation, and what it really means to choose someone else, and yourself. Beautiful, fun, and surprising. I loved it!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. A groundhog type romantic comedy which has the bride and groom reliving the night before their wedding again and again. Although the actions of Megan and Tom had me alternating between laughing, crying or simply shaking my head, I enjoyed this tale from beginning to end. I appreciated that the author gave us( the readers) a lot of food for thought as twists and turns are around every cor 3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. A groundhog type romantic comedy which has the bride and groom reliving the night before their wedding again and again. Although the actions of Megan and Tom had me alternating between laughing, crying or simply shaking my head, I enjoyed this tale from beginning to end. I appreciated that the author gave us( the readers) a lot of food for thought as twists and turns are around every corner. Even the most cynical at heart cannot resist this charming tale. #TheRehearsals #NetGalley Publication Date 13/07/21 Goodreads review 25/07/21

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    DNF @ 65%. Ever since I first heard of this book, I have looked forward to it. I thought it sounded fun and the cover was cute. Unfortunately, I ended up HATING it. The characters were awful. Their relationship was awful. For some reason I kept reading because I was hoping it would get better, but once Megan cheated on Tom AGAIN - and he cheated on her for payback - I just couldn't take it anymore. What a disappointment this turned out to be! DNF @ 65%. Ever since I first heard of this book, I have looked forward to it. I thought it sounded fun and the cover was cute. Unfortunately, I ended up HATING it. The characters were awful. Their relationship was awful. For some reason I kept reading because I was hoping it would get better, but once Megan cheated on Tom AGAIN - and he cheated on her for payback - I just couldn't take it anymore. What a disappointment this turned out to be!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sonia Hartl

    How can I properly articulate all the things this book made me feel? It was just stunning. Beautifully, deeply, emotionally complex. A meaningful deconstruction of the way two people who love each other can both hurt and heal each other. This book made me take a second look at all those big “what if” moments in my life and examine them honestly. It ingeniously showed the way nostalgia and resentment and regrets and guilt can distort the way you view your past and yourself. I went through so many How can I properly articulate all the things this book made me feel? It was just stunning. Beautifully, deeply, emotionally complex. A meaningful deconstruction of the way two people who love each other can both hurt and heal each other. This book made me take a second look at all those big “what if” moments in my life and examine them honestly. It ingeniously showed the way nostalgia and resentment and regrets and guilt can distort the way you view your past and yourself. I went through so many emotions reading this book, sometimes all of them at the same time. I laughed and cried and rooted against situations I turned around and rooted for with every fiber of my being a handful of pages later. The characters were so real and utterly relatable in their flaws and realizations to the point where you become molded to the pages and understand and self-actualize with the characters, as if you’ve become a part of them. And it’s so smart. It makes you think, it makes you feel, and it pulls you apart then carefully, brilliantly knits you back together. This is one of those rare books where I didn’t just get lost in the story (though I did) or fall deeply in love with the characters (though that also happened), but I walked away with an understanding of myself I didn’t have before. It made me look at certain things in my own life through a new lens, and gave me a much deeper appreciation for the “what is” over the “what if”. I love this book with everything that I have. It’s going down as one of my favorites of all-time and will absolutely be a reread for me. Highly, highly, highly recommend.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Creative, thought-provoking, and delightfully optimistic! The Rehearsals is a moving, time-loop tale that takes you into the lives of Megan and Tom, as after a disastrous rehearsal day, when difficult families, long-buried secrets, and thoughts of what-if leave them tired, confused, heartbroken, and calling the whole thing off fate magically intervenes leaving them reliving that same day over and over again in order to change, forgive and potentially rekindle the love they once shared. The writing Creative, thought-provoking, and delightfully optimistic! The Rehearsals is a moving, time-loop tale that takes you into the lives of Megan and Tom, as after a disastrous rehearsal day, when difficult families, long-buried secrets, and thoughts of what-if leave them tired, confused, heartbroken, and calling the whole thing off fate magically intervenes leaving them reliving that same day over and over again in order to change, forgive and potentially rekindle the love they once shared. The writing is sensitive and sincere. The characters are flawed, genuine, and weary. And the multi-layered plot is a heartfelt, absorbing tale about life, love, family, friendship, secrets, betrayal, compassion, romance, happiness, destiny, and second chances. Overall, The Rehearsals is an emotional, pensive, brilliant debut by Christie that reminds us that life is complicated, things happen for a reason, secrets always have a way of coming to light, often the choices we make have far-reaching consequences, and love is, ultimately, always worth fighting for. Thank you to HBG Canada and Forever for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    Enjoyed this "Groundhog Day" like trope! This tale of two young people stuck in a "time loop" on their wedding rehearsal day, forced to get it right before they can "re-set", is really more of a character study in love, forgiveness and personal growth. Funny at times - painful at others, I was always invested in it. Enjoyed this "Groundhog Day" like trope! This tale of two young people stuck in a "time loop" on their wedding rehearsal day, forced to get it right before they can "re-set", is really more of a character study in love, forgiveness and personal growth. Funny at times - painful at others, I was always invested in it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    This fascinating debut novel could also double as a self-help book. Annette Christie has crafted a story where a couple relives the day of the day of their wedding rehearsal in what they fear will be an endless loop. How can they move on to the wedding day and will there even be a wedding? They exhibit the stages of grief and truly as we learn more about them we see the trauma that has shaped who they are today. I could not help but think of the book of Ecclesiastes and also the ultimate way to This fascinating debut novel could also double as a self-help book. Annette Christie has crafted a story where a couple relives the day of the day of their wedding rehearsal in what they fear will be an endless loop. How can they move on to the wedding day and will there even be a wedding? They exhibit the stages of grief and truly as we learn more about them we see the trauma that has shaped who they are today. I could not help but think of the book of Ecclesiastes and also the ultimate way to escape the hamster wheel of our lives -- the hope of salvation. If you liked In a Holidaze, this is a book you might enjoy even more. Especially since we are in the height of wedding season. Thank you to Little, Brown, and Company and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    justine marie ♡

    DNF @ 40% content/trigger warning: cheating I cannot condone cheating nor can I stomach reading about it, so I will not be finishing this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lana (Bibliomedico)

    I'm sorry to say this ... But this book was SOOOO bad !!! Seriously ,I really regret reading it ... The relationship between the main couple was horrible and toxic ( I don't understand how anyone could describe this story as a " romance novel" ) ... I picked It up after watching it on almost all of #romancebookstagrammers accounts and because of the blurb ( I thought it would be really funny and cute especially because of the plot twist) . Unfortunately ,both people who recommended it and the blurb I'm sorry to say this ... But this book was SOOOO bad !!! Seriously ,I really regret reading it ... The relationship between the main couple was horrible and toxic ( I don't understand how anyone could describe this story as a " romance novel" ) ... I picked It up after watching it on almost all of #romancebookstagrammers accounts and because of the blurb ( I thought it would be really funny and cute especially because of the plot twist) . Unfortunately ,both people who recommended it and the blurb were misleading ... As I just wrote ,the relationship dynamic between megs and Tom was disastrous ( the author spent the whole book trying to excuse *spoiler alert*.................... Cheating and blaming the one who was cheated on ) and in my opinion , nothing excuses that !!! ! )

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    A whip-smart Groundhog Day reincarnation that will have you laughing and cringing in equal measure. The Rehearsals not only takes you on a wild ride, it forces you to ask yourself if you’re living your best life. Hilarious, heartfelt, and stay-up-all-night addictive.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Megan Newton

    These people should not get married lol

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    THE REHEARSALS by Annette Christie is a super fun and feel good novel! I really loved it! It’s a Groundhog Day take on a couple, Megan and Tom, as they have their wedding rehearsal dinner and reevaluate their relationship. . I loved so much in this book: -second chance romance -hers and his POV -meddling family members -the beautiful PNW setting -their bond over music -all the what if scenarios . This one reminded me of In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren in the best way since I loved that book too. Honestl THE REHEARSALS by Annette Christie is a super fun and feel good novel! I really loved it! It’s a Groundhog Day take on a couple, Megan and Tom, as they have their wedding rehearsal dinner and reevaluate their relationship. . I loved so much in this book: -second chance romance -hers and his POV -meddling family members -the beautiful PNW setting -their bond over music -all the what if scenarios . This one reminded me of In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren in the best way since I loved that book too. Honestly this book made me cry in the end and you know then that I loved it! This is a great contemporary romance! . Thank you to Little Brown for my gifted review copy!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    interesting concept but the characters were unlikable. their families were terrible and it's hard to feel empathy when Meg & Tom let them override their personal choices and do what is expected instead. After a while, I just didn't care about these characters anymore. interesting concept but the characters were unlikable. their families were terrible and it's hard to feel empathy when Meg & Tom let them override their personal choices and do what is expected instead. After a while, I just didn't care about these characters anymore.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elle Rivers

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was a huge miss for me, and I was pretty annoyed by the time I was done with it. First off, Megan the entire book is going between two men and after reading of her (once again) cheating on her fiancé, it made it impossible for me to believe she and Tom were going to end up together. Second, the ending felt rushed and unsatisfying. Throughout the middle, I was realizing that I wasn’t rooting for either characters and Megan in particular was far too morally grey for me to believe Tom cou This book was a huge miss for me, and I was pretty annoyed by the time I was done with it. First off, Megan the entire book is going between two men and after reading of her (once again) cheating on her fiancé, it made it impossible for me to believe she and Tom were going to end up together. Second, the ending felt rushed and unsatisfying. Throughout the middle, I was realizing that I wasn’t rooting for either characters and Megan in particular was far too morally grey for me to believe Tom could forgive her as quickly as he did. I probably would have been happier if she and Tom didn’t end up together. All romantic interactions of their relationship were ruined by the fact that she was thinking of another man. IMO, if you’re more of a fiction reader and like morally grey characters, you might like this. In the end, I just hated Megan too much to enjoy it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sujin P.

    What a wonderful novel! Christie provides a humorous, honest look at the complexities of relationships and the sacrifices we make to maintain them. A refreshing read for fans of Rachel Lynn Solomon and Emily Henry.

  18. 4 out of 5

    CynnieRose

    That was equal parts a delight and thoughtful. Excellently plotted and I have deep thoughts about a certain person giving someone the meanest nickname.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    I like premise of Groundhog Day and thought this is going to be cute rom-com but if was anything but that. This is toxic couple and they shouldn't be together, this book made me mad. I like premise of Groundhog Day and thought this is going to be cute rom-com but if was anything but that. This is toxic couple and they shouldn't be together, this book made me mad.

  20. 5 out of 5

    ELL ʕ•́ᴥ•̀ʔっ

    I’m very partial to time-loop stories :) AND THIS WAS A GOOD ONE. The character development was on point and it was very cathartic of me for me to read and experience the protagonists’ arcs with them. Something about a good time-loop story always makes me put life more into perspective, and this was one of them.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Contos

    I'm not sure words can do justice to how much I love this book. The Rehearsals is expertly crafted and layered with so much emotion and complexity. The characters are real and flawed, and Christie manages to make you question even your own opinions and desires for where each of them end up. The book takes an unflinching look at relationships between partners and families, and how the two are both separate and inevitably intertwined. I finished the entire book in one sitting, and remained absolutel I'm not sure words can do justice to how much I love this book. The Rehearsals is expertly crafted and layered with so much emotion and complexity. The characters are real and flawed, and Christie manages to make you question even your own opinions and desires for where each of them end up. The book takes an unflinching look at relationships between partners and families, and how the two are both separate and inevitably intertwined. I finished the entire book in one sitting, and remained absolutely mesmerized by how the story unfolded, and watching the very real frustrations and reactions (and humor!) of Meg and Tom being forced to relive the day of their absolute train wreck of a rehearsal dinner until they get it right. Funny, beautifully-plotted, emotional, raw and real, The Rehearsals is one of my favorite books of the year.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Rodkey

    A truly stunning and masterful debut for Annette Christie.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kini

    Not giving this a star rating because I work for Little, Brown. As a mostly romance reader, I was really intrigued by the premise. A couple stuck in a time loop on the eve of their wedding trying to decide if they want to get married. The cover and blurb do not accurately describe how messy Megan and Tom are. This book is labeled as romantic fiction and I think romance readers who are open to books that lean heavily on the fiction side with romantic elements will enjoy this. I'd describe this boo Not giving this a star rating because I work for Little, Brown. As a mostly romance reader, I was really intrigued by the premise. A couple stuck in a time loop on the eve of their wedding trying to decide if they want to get married. The cover and blurb do not accurately describe how messy Megan and Tom are. This book is labeled as romantic fiction and I think romance readers who are open to books that lean heavily on the fiction side with romantic elements will enjoy this. I'd describe this book as is Naomi & Nick from You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle waited 10 years to get married without having resolved their issues early on. In The Rehearsals Megan has made a lot of concessions in her life and career for Tom. Tom doesn't know how to stand up to his wealthy parents who have too much influence on his life. Tom's mom Carol is a germaphobe version of Deborah Rose. Megan and Tom have a fight after their wedding rehearsal dinner and due to some work by the universe, they get stuck in a time loop reliving that day. They go through many emotions while in the time loop. The time spent in the loop is MESSY. They both behave very badly. Secrets are exposed. They both have to figure out how to deal with that. The main theme of this story is their individual self exploration. Who they are as people and how can those people work together in a relationship. There is a lot of forgiveness happening. (again similar to YDEO). This felt like a raw look at people who are in relationship but found themselves in a rut after letting too many little things go unsaid. Megan and Tom both do some really hurtful and mean things during the loop. I am a forgiving reader and sort of understood their actions but didn't agree with it. That expression of "hurt people hurt" applies here. It doesn't make it okay though. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I was invested in Megan and Tom figuring their way out of the time loop and back to real life. It wanted to shake each of them at times. I wanted them to be nicer to each other and talk to each other. But also I could see why they weren't. I would recommend this book for readers who enjoyed You Deserve Each Other AND those same readers are willing to read outside the conventional themes of romance. If I was going to give this a star- it would be in the 4 range. SPOILER (view spoiler)[ cheating (hide spoiler)]

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elyssa

    this was the worst “romance” i have ever read

  25. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Schultz

    Hmmm ~ Described by one reader as ‘Hilarious’~ which always caused an eye roll from me. I am not a chick lit/ romance fan (used to be and now prefer psychological thrillers) I do like a romance with a mystery and have read several Parallel Universe/Groundhog Day type stories and liked them. Megan Givens and Tom Prescott are getting married and have been together for ten years! However, they decide to call off their wedding at their Rehearsal Dinner! The next morning they wake up together in a t Hmmm ~ Described by one reader as ‘Hilarious’~ which always caused an eye roll from me. I am not a chick lit/ romance fan (used to be and now prefer psychological thrillers) I do like a romance with a mystery and have read several Parallel Universe/Groundhog Day type stories and liked them. Megan Givens and Tom Prescott are getting married and have been together for ten years! However, they decide to call off their wedding at their Rehearsal Dinner! The next morning they wake up together in a time loop and now are reliving the Rehearsal again and again ~ thus the name of this story ‘The Rehearsals”! Yep the repeat ‘Rehearsal Day’ goes on for 8 days during which time they say some terrible things to each. There is no doubt this is a mess. I actually felt sorry for Tom ~ who gives their second child the nickname “Spare Parts” ? I suppose some think it is funny, but to me it is sad. I went back and forth on my feelings for Megan and Tom ~ I was pulling for them and then was sure the break up is for the best!! This wasn’t a Big Wow for me but have no doubt that many readers will enjoy it. We readers are very lucky to have many great reading options. Want to thank NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for this early release granted to me for my honest professional opinion. Publishing Release Date scheduled for July 13, 2021.

  26. 4 out of 5

    amanda ☽

    i received this as an arc and was unsure i would like it because it’s a loop story (like groundhog day) but it was really good!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    3,5/5 Do you like books with a time loop? I do, I love the idea of getting multiple chances to get things right and the whole idea of what if? What if you altered seemingly small choices and they ended up having huge consequences in your life? I just find the whole concept interesting and this one being set the night before a couple is set to wed was just an added bonus for me because I’m a sucker for anything wedding related. Megan and Tom have a horrible rehearsal dinner, it’s so bad that they 3,5/5 Do you like books with a time loop? I do, I love the idea of getting multiple chances to get things right and the whole idea of what if? What if you altered seemingly small choices and they ended up having huge consequences in your life? I just find the whole concept interesting and this one being set the night before a couple is set to wed was just an added bonus for me because I’m a sucker for anything wedding related. Megan and Tom have a horrible rehearsal dinner, it’s so bad that they call the wedding off. But then they wake up and it’s the morning of the rehearsal dinner again. And again and again. There were a couple of aspects I didn’t love here, I’m not a fan of a love triangle or cheating (unless it’s in a thriller, for some reason that’s ok for me 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️) but overall I still liked this one enough. Despite some minor issues I am glad I read this, there was some funny moments the author had some good insights on relationships in general.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Shapiro

    4.5 Stars! I won this book in a giveaway and I basically read it one sitting! It was so lighthearted, but also tackled introspection and truly examining your life and relationships. Megan and Tom were great main characters and were able to break away from family constructs and find out what they both truly wanted in life. I think the time loop/groundhog day aspect was done super well and each day felt like even more growth for the characters. Christie not only developed her main characters, but e 4.5 Stars! I won this book in a giveaway and I basically read it one sitting! It was so lighthearted, but also tackled introspection and truly examining your life and relationships. Megan and Tom were great main characters and were able to break away from family constructs and find out what they both truly wanted in life. I think the time loop/groundhog day aspect was done super well and each day felt like even more growth for the characters. Christie not only developed her main characters, but established quirks and important details for her side characters as well. This was a fun read that made me smile and I definitely recommend it. The ending was a bit abrupt to me, but I still really liked it and think it went well with the rest of the story!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Smith

    I can't remember the last time I read a book in one sitting, but that's exactly what I did with THE REHEARSALS. Annette Christie has written a book so compelling and so completely captivating that it left me with an epic book hangover, and I did something I rarely do: I read it again after finishing it because I just couldn't get enough of this stellar debut. It delivers on every level: it's heartbreaking yet hopeful, emotional yet hilarious, relatable and romantic. The very definition of unputd I can't remember the last time I read a book in one sitting, but that's exactly what I did with THE REHEARSALS. Annette Christie has written a book so compelling and so completely captivating that it left me with an epic book hangover, and I did something I rarely do: I read it again after finishing it because I just couldn't get enough of this stellar debut. It delivers on every level: it's heartbreaking yet hopeful, emotional yet hilarious, relatable and romantic. The very definition of unputdownable.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Zoë

    "Of course, he’d encountered beautiful women all his life. Wealth offered a myriad of ways to make someone aesthetically appealing. But something about Megs had been different. It was as though there were a lamp inside her, permanently flicked on. Everything shone. Her eyes danced when she spoke. Her mouth broke into easy grins. She laughed unselfconsciously. And there was something else there . . . a kindness at her core. One that drew him to her. Megs was a lighthouse." This romance book isn't "Of course, he’d encountered beautiful women all his life. Wealth offered a myriad of ways to make someone aesthetically appealing. But something about Megs had been different. It was as though there were a lamp inside her, permanently flicked on. Everything shone. Her eyes danced when she spoke. Her mouth broke into easy grins. She laughed unselfconsciously. And there was something else there . . . a kindness at her core. One that drew him to her. Megs was a lighthouse." This romance book isn't about falling in love. It's about two people who are in love. Have been for 12 years. But whose secrets and concessions catch up to them the day before they're supposed to get married, and ultimately leads to their breakup. From that point on, they're going to relive the same day, over and over again, until the universe believes things are fixed between them. Both characters are deeply flawed and make a lot of mistakes throughout the book. Some of their choices are infuriating at times—as infuriating as reliving the day you made your biggest mistake can be, probably. But I resonated a lot with Megan, her homesickness, her doubts about her career, and her overall life. Every time I read or watch a groundhog day-type story, I'm very critical of the reason why they're stuck and how they get out. I don't know why. I need a logical reason. Apparently in this case it was logical enough for me, because the focus wasn't on that part of the story at all and it didn't really matter. It fit the story simply and efficiently. I have to warn: there IS the cheating trope, AND kind of a love triangle. HOWEVER!! (Stay with me). I usually despise both of these, but in this case, it felt necessary to move forward in the story. It wasn't just thrown there. It was essential. Trust that I would've immediately DNFed if it hadn't been the case This book is a dual pov, and there is a lot of internal monologue from both characters, so you really get to see their thought processes towards healing their relationship, which I appreciated. Overall a really good book, especially for a debut! I loved the realness and harshness of it mixed with the hope that it can get better. (There are also two Taylor Swift lyrics references at some point. Don't think I didn't catch it, Annette Christie. I loved it.) Thank you to Hodder Stoughton and Netgalley for providing me with an Advanced Copy!

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