Begin Again

Helly Acton

06 July 2023
400 pages


The Good Place meets Sliding Doors, Begin Again is an uplifting novel about life's what if's, missed chances and new beginnings.

Despite living firmly in her comfort zone, Frankie McKenzie feels unsettled. She can't help feeling something's missing. Is it a home to call her own? Travel? A more rewarding job? A relationship? Before she can work it out, she dies in a freak kebab-related accident after yet another dud of a first date.

But life isn't over for Frankie. Instead, she is offered a second chance: Frankie can revisit key moments from her past to see if different choices will lead her away from that fateful takeaway and on to the fulfilling life she's always dreamt of.

Soon, Frankie will see what her life would have been if only she'd caught that one-way flight, accepted the marriage proposal or attended the intimidating job interview. Will she finally find her Mr Right? Or discover she already had?

What would you change if you could begin again?

Praise for Helly Acton:

'A romcom with a difference' Sarra Manning

'Genius, funny and thought-provoking. 5 stars' Carrie Hope Fletcher

'Warm, witty and thought-provoking' Abbie Greaves

'A fresh, funny, razor-sharp take on society's views of relationships. It's feminist, it's provocative and a total joy to read' Hannah Tovey

'Helly's writing is filled with such humour and warmth, it makes me laugh and think whilst seamlessly tackling complex ideas about modern society. What a triumph!' Abigail Mann

'Funny and clever. I loved every single line' Lucy Vine
Smart, funny and thought-provoking. I loved it. If you've ever wondered if you made the right choices in life, then this is the book for you
The dream book for anyone who has ever wondered 'what if'. . . so basically all of us? I had so much fun joining Frankie as she revisited the big decisions of her life. Gorgeous concept and a joy to read
I LOVED Begin Again. It is sharp and funny and bright, without losing any of the emotional depth and so profound! Thoroughly enjoyable, uplifting and perceptive. I inhaled it. Joyful!