Book Review: The One That Got Away (+ Giveaway!)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The One That Got Away by Leigh Himes

From the publisher:
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.

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This is a great summer beach book. It's sweet and fun and romantic, and easy to read. The main character, Abbey is a charming narrator, who brings lightness to her experience. Her countless mishaps and failures are funny and relatable for anyone who feels out of place in high society encounters. 

This isn't a serious, intellectual, hard-to-get-through book. It's a contemporary novel that offers one possible answer to the timeless question: what if? As someone who ponders this often, Leigh Himes' take on the answer interested me. 

This is a book you could get through in a couple days. It's very girly, and very beachy, filled with high fashion and envy-worthy wealth. Essentially perfect for anyone who wishes they could wake up one day with a super fine, super rich husband, and a closet full of amazing clothes. 

The book is predictable; don't expect twists and turns. I assumed from pretty early on how it would likely end, though the small encounters and events throughout were perfectly unexpected and original. There are plenty of overused cliches and commonplace expressions used. However, the overall writing is good, holds interest, and doesn't really allow for periods of boredom. Again, this is a book that markets itself very well. If the synopsis interests you, so will the rest of the book. 

Book links: Goodreads, Amazon
I received a copy of this book through TLC Book Tours. Check out the rest of the tour here.

If you're interested in winning a copy of this great summer book, please enter the giveaway below (US and Canada only)! A winner will be selected in a few days. 

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  1. This sounds amazing can't wait to read!

  2. One of my absolute favorite contemporary novels is Animal Husbandry by Laura Zigman. The book was later on made into a movie called Someone Like You starring Ashley Judd and Hugh Jackman.

  3. Girly and beachy makes for a fun summer read for sure! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.