Thursday, August 24, 2017

Review: The One That Got Away by Melissa Pimentel

Title: The One That Got Away
Author: Melissa Pimentel
Format: Ebook
Publisher: Penguin
Publish Date: September 22, 2016
Source: PR

What's the Story?:

From "Ruby and Ethan were perfect for each other. Until the day they suddenly weren't.

Now, ten years later, Ruby is single, having spent the last decade focusing on her demanding career and hectic life in Manhattan. There's barely time for a trip to England for her little sister's wedding. And there's certainly not time to think about what it will be like to see Ethan again, who just so happens to be the best man.

But as the family frantically prepare for the big day, Ruby can't help but wonder if she made the right choice all those years ago. Because there is nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past."

My Two Cents:

"The One That Got Away" is a loose retelling of Jane Austen's "Persuasion." Ruby has thrown herself into work after a bad break up with Ethan, the proverbial "one that got away" while her sister Piper has thrown herself into love with Ethan's best friend. Now Piper is getting married and her soon to be husband's best man is Ethan. Ruby isn't sure how she is going to be able to see him again and isn't sure if she can push her feelings down any longer. This was a really fun read!

I liked the characters, especially some of the secondary characters like Piper and Piper and Ruby's father who add a lot of humor in the essence of Austen throughout the book. I wanted to get to know Ruby a little better and wanted to know more about why she didn't seem to have changed very much in the time since she has seen Ethan. On the other hand, Ethan has totally changed. He has gone from a poor bartender to a very, very successful businessman.

There's a good reason that stories about the "ones that got away" seem to be so popular. I think as humans we always wonder about what might have been so the attraction to this book was fast and furious with regard to the topic.

This was a fast and fun read. It's light and romantic with a bit of a twist as we find out what happened to Ruby and Ethan's relationship that results in their break-up. I liked this book and found it satisfying to my want for a warm romance.


  1. I am seeing this book on several blogs. Sounds good.

  2. Totally agree with your review. I want more Persuasion-y inspired novels!


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