The One That Got Away

The One That Got Away

A Novel

Book - 2016
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In this irresistible debut novel, a freak accident allows a wife and mother to explore the alluring road not taken.

Meet Abbey Lahey . . .

Overworked mom. Underappreciated publicist. Frazzled wife of an out-of-work landscaper. A woman desperately in need of a vacation from life--and who is about to get one, thanks to an unexpected tumble down a Nordstrom escalator.

Meet Abbey van Holt . . .

The woman whose life Abbey suddenly finds herself inhabiting when she wakes up. Married to handsome congressional candidate Alex van Holt. Living in a lavish penthouse. Wearing ball gowns and being feted by the crème of Philadelphia society. Luxuriating in the kind of fourteen-karat lifestyle she's only read about in the pages of Town & Country.

The woman Abbey might have been . . . if she had said yes to a date with Alex van Holt all those years ago.

In the tradition of the romantic comedy Sliding Doors and Lionel Shriver's The Post-Birthday World, Leigh Himes's irresistible debut novel tells the funny and touching story of an ordinary woman offered an extraordinary opportunity to reboot her life, explore the road not taken, and ultimately, find her true self--whoever that may be.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316305730
Branch Call Number: HIME
Characteristics: 377 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 19, 2019

This was ok. I've read better sliding door stories.

Feb 02, 2019

Wow! I really loved this story. The book blurb referenced similarities to Sliding Doors, but I felt a stronger similarity to the movie The Family Man with Nic Cage. Like, The Family Man, there are some fantasy elements with the main character finding that she is living a different life after a head injury. With a running moral being the oft-quoted cliche, "The grass isn't always greener on the other side," the reader might expect to connect with one life of Abby's over the other. While I found myself leaning towards one outcome over the other, I also found myself wanting to see Abby make the best choices in both of those "lives." Ultimately, I found that the author was really good at making all of the characters likable, but with inherited flaws. Just like real life. The growth Abby experienced was profound to me in regards to marriage, raising children, and feelings of complacency. The ending was fitting, but the epilogue was just what I needed and hoped for. I loved how she tied all the characters and pieces together. I felt emotional towards characters in both of Abby's life paths and their ultimate hea's.

I read and listened to the audio interchangeably, but mostly listened and the audio was perfection. Some books you just need to read rather than listen to. With those books, the audio may change the context or the voice inflections might ruin the overall experience. Not with this book. The narrator did a fabulous job in conveying every emotion and change in character. This really has been one of the best narrations I've listened to in some time.

ArapahoeKati Oct 04, 2016

Cute, fun, and you'll totally be torn between her real life and what could have happened. Perfect if you like "Confessions of a Shopaholic" and "Sliding Doors."

Cmlibrary_MDodds Jun 18, 2016

A fun, cute read! Perfect if you want something light to read and enjoy chic lit.

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