Blog Tour Book Review: The One That Got Away by Leigh Himes

About The One That Got Away 

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; Reprint edition (June 13, 2017)

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.

“An enchanting novel about the choices we make in life and love–by turns hilarious, poignant, and nostalgic. Himes’s novel will make you revisit all the “what ifs” you’ve ever contemplated, from fleeting encounters to almost-weddings . . . a lively debut that will strike a chord in anyone with a romantic past.”–Nicholas Sparks, author of The Notebook and See Me

“In the spirit of Lionel Shriver’s The Post-Birthday World, Leigh Himes delivers a fascinating novel about the road not taken. I loved the concept and execution of this clever, thought-provoking love story.”–Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Rumor

“[A] brilliantly realized wish-fulfillment scenario in the vein of Liane Moriarty . . . [Himes’s] examination of how the choices we make can define who we become will resonate with readers. For anyone who ever wondered ‘What if?’”–Booklist

“Himes explores what could have been in this charming debut novel.”–Kirkus Reviews

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Happy Monday! I’m back from vacation (on which I read next to nothing despite lofty goals). Needless to say I’m disappointed in myself but I did end up reading two good books including  The One That Got Away by Leigh Himes. I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review of it.

The One That Got Away is a contemporary fiction novel about a Abigail, or Abby, a thirty something mom who is tired, overworked, underpaid…just a normal person all around who can’t help but wonder what if? Little does she know that she just might get to find out the answer to that seemingly simple question.

The One That Got Away instantly seemed like a great book to read during the summer, a time when I definitely prefer to read fun contemporaries. I wasn’t disappointed because I really enjoyed this book. Although there are a few similar plot lines to be found in both film and book form, I found that this book was fun and unique it’s in own way. I definitely see this doing well as a rom com on the big screen. I think most of us probably at some point ponder the great What if? and our main character, Abigail gets to explore the answer to that very question…maybe our life would be super different…maybe we would be a different person with a different personality. Skinnier, richer, unhappy, etc.

I think this is a perfect summer read and also a perfect beach read. It’s light, fun and quirky with a little romance on the side. I definitely needed this book to kick off my summer reading. If you are a fan of things like Devil Wears PradaSliding Doors, various Rom Coms and stories with What If scenarios, give this book a try! I know those kinds of stories, regardless of format, are like candy to me. I love them. This book was definitely worth the read.

This was a four star read for me, I really enjoyed it and read it at the perfect time!


About Leigh Himes

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.