- 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
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.
TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for The One That Got Away:
Monday, June 5th: Books and Bindings
Monday, June 12th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, June 14th: Chick Lit Central
Thursday, June 15th: Becky on Books
Friday, June 16th: A Dream Within a Dream
Friday, June 16th: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, June 19th: Ms. Nose in a Book
Wednesday, June 21st: Literary Quicksand
Friday, June 23rd: Kritter’s Ramblings
Tuesday, June 27th: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Wednesday, June 28th: Buried Under Books
Thursday, June 29th: Art Books Coffee on Instagram
Friday, June 30th: Reviews from the Heart
Monday, July 3rd: Girl Who Reads
Wednesday, July 5th: I Brought a Book
Thursday, July 6th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Friday, July 7th: Steph the Bookworm
Monday, July 10th: Jathan & Heather
Date TBD: Books a la Mode