Title: The One That Got Away
Author: Bethany Chase
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publish Date: March 31, 2015
Source: I received a copy from the publisher and Netgalley; however, this did not affect my review.
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Sarina Mahler thinks she
has her life all nailed down: a growing architecture practice in
Austin, Texas, and an any-day-now proposal from her loving boyfriend,
Noah. She’s well on her way to having the family she’s hoped for since
her mother’s death ten years ago. But with Noah on a temporary
assignment abroad and retired Olympic swimmer — and former flame — Eamon
Roy back in town asking her to renovate his new fixer-upper, Sarina’s
life takes an unexpected turn.
Eamon proves to be Sarina’s dream
client, someone who instinctively trusts every one of her choices — and
Sarina is reminded of all the reasons she was first drawn to him back in
the day. Suddenly her carefully planned future with Noah seems a little
less than perfect. And when tragedy strikes, Sarina is left reeling.
With her world completely upended, she is forced to question what she
truly wants in life — and in love.
Full of both humor and heartbreak, The One That Got Away is the story of one woman’s discovery that, sometimes, life is what happens when you leave the blueprints behind."
My Two Cents:
"The One That Got Away" is the story of Sarina, a woman who would think she has her life together. She works very hard at her job as an architect. It's truly her passion. Her personal life seems to be moving pretty well too. She believes that she is close to being proposed to by her boyfriend. Unfortunately, not everything is as it seems. The boyfriend that she loves, who is generally supportive, does not seem to support her idea of working after they are married because, you know, it's going to be Sarina's job to stay home and take care of the brood of children that they will start working on having right away. Obviously, this rubs Sarina the wrong way. It takes the reappearance of an old college flame to show Sarina that she really doesn't have everything that she wants. This is fun and funny book that shows that sometimes you have to dig a little bit deeper in order to figure out what you really want.
I really enjoyed this book. Sarina is really great character, who I found a lot of fun to read about. The book is told from her's perspective which made it really easy to get into the story. The story is definitely a familiar one but the author really breathes new life into it. Sarina realizes that she still might be a little hung up on Eamon, a guy who she briefly dated in college before he disappeared with no reasoning. When he reappears, Sarina is just confused. Why did he leave? Why does he still seem so attracted to him? Why is she still so attracted to him? I loved the story about the both of them and their relationship. The romance felt very real to me and it's one of those romances that I know that I am going to think about a lot long after I finished the last page.
As I mentioned before, this story may seem a little bit familiar, which is always a risk for any story. It's the classic story of somebody from the past comes back into you your life and turns it upside down. The story is still entertaining because of the great writing. Chase has a great way of bringing the characters to life and because of characters feel so real, you fall for them and want to see what happens to them.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I will definitely be on the lookout for other things that Bethany Chase writes in the future.
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