Book Review for THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Leigh Himes

Hachette Books
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A fun and critical look at the concept of the grass is always greener.

I don't think that there is one person out there that hasn't thought about the road not taken or the what-ifs in life. In THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, Abbey has an accident and is thrown into the world she could have had if only she said yes to one date. Honestly, the concept of the book is not new. We have all seen the movies and read the books about this type of story. However, Himes manages to breathe new life into the trope through her honest and relatable characters.


With humor, heart, and genuine soul searching, Abbey is the break-out hit of this book for me.  The journey that she takes explores more than one decision. It shows how through living another life she can discover who she really is. This fast-paced novel, will make you laugh, smile, and tear up once or twice. It is a wonderful debut and I cannot wait to see what is next from the author.

 Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.


Plot Summary:

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.

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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.

Book Details

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Hachette Books; Reprint edition (June 13, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316305707
ISBN-13: 978-0316305709