Maybe Next Time

By Cesca Major

A heartwarming and emotionally poignant time-loop novel about a stressed woman who must relive the same day over and over, keeping her family and work life from imploding as she attempts to spare her husband from an unfortunate fate.


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It is an ordinary Monday and harried London literary agent Emma is flying out of the door as usual. Preoccupied with work and her ever growing to-do list, she fails to notice her lovely husband Dan seems bereft, her son can barely meet her eye, and her daughter won’t go near her. Even the dog seems sad.

She is far too busy, buried deep in her phone; social media alerts pinging; clients messaging with “emergencies”; keeping track of a dozen WhatsApp groups about the kids’ sports, school, playdates, all of it. Her whole day is frantic—what else is new—and as she rushes back through the door for dinner, Dan is still upset. They fight, and he walks out, desolate, dragging their poor dog around the block. Just as she realizes it is their anniversary and she has forgotten, again, everything changes.

The next day Emma wakes up… . And it’s Monday again.

And again.

And again.

Emma tries desperately to change the course of fate by doing different things each time she wakes up: leaving WhatsApp, telling her boss where to get off, writing to Dan, listening to her kids, reaching out to forgotten friends, getting drunk and buying out Prada. But will Emma have the chance to find herself again, remember what she likes about her job, reconnect with her children, love her husband? Will this be enough to change the fate they seem destined for?

A moving “What if” story of what it is to be a woman in the modern world—never feeling we’re getting it quite right—about learning to slow down and appreciate life that is sure to resonate with women’s fiction readers.

About the Author

Cesca Major is a novelist and screenwriter. Her book Maybe Next Time was selected for the Reese Book Club and is being developed for film by Hello Sunshine and Apple Originals. She writes for television and has adapted If I Were You for film with 42 and Amazon. She is published in over 12 countries with books under different names. She was shortlisted for a HWA Gold Crown, the RNA’s Romantic Comedy Award, and longlisted for a CWA Gold Dagger. Having worked in television as a presenter, Cesca enjoys live events, festivals and teaching creative writing. She regularly vlogs writing tips. She lives in Berkshire, England, with her husband and three young children. She is so far resisting getting a dog.


Publication Date: 03/2023

Category: Genre: Fiction, Sci-Fi/FantasyTag: sku: 9780063239920

Additional information

Weight 16.8 oz
Dimensions 8.25 × 6.3 × 1.15 in