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.
For Abbey Lahey, her “what if?” moment was triggered by seeing a picture of a guy she turned down years earlier in a spread in a swanky magazine. She’s had a pretty frustrating day–week, month, even–and suddenly wonders if she hadn’t said no to Alex van Holt all those years ago, wouldn’t her life be a million times easier?
Okay, so you pretty much know from the synopsis and experience with the genre how things are going to end up–no huge surprises are in store for you when you read this book. You’re in it for the journey, and fortunately the journey here is both fun and engaging. Abbey is a sympathetic if sometimes frustrating character, and it’s easy to root for her from the very first page. The glimpses that Ms. Hines gives us throughout the book of Abbey’s life with Jimmy were some of my favorite bits of the whole book, and kept me turning the pages to see when and how she would realize what she had and manage to get back to it.
The One That Got Away is a debut book from an author I’ll definitely be looking for more from.
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
Author Leigh Himes has spent fourteen years working in the public relations field. Born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, she now lives just outside of Philadelphia with her husband and their two children. This is her first book.