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Publisher's Summary

In this irresistible debut novel, a freak accident allows a wife and mother to explore the alluring alternative of the Road Not Taken.

Abbey Lahey is a married, harried working mother of two, struggling to make ends meet in a blue-collar suburb of Philadelphia. When a tumble down a Nordstrom escalator lands her in an alternate reality, Abbey finds herself happily married to the one who got away - a dashing Philly blueblood she met briefly years earlier - and living a Cinderella life of privilege and luxury.

It's everything Abbey ever dreamed of. Or is it? At first dazzled by the clothes, the penthouse, the nannies, and the glittering social functions, Abbey begins noticing troubling flaws in her new 14-karat life...and wonders what happened to the people she left behind. Torn between two vastly different realities, Abbey takes increasingly dramatic steps to reclaim herself - whoever that may be.

©2016 Leigh Himes (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Himes takes an intriguing look at how a simple yes could change a person's entire life...the effort is a rewarding investigation of how all that glitters may not be gold." (Library Journal)
"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)

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Predictable but not awful.

Overall I found this book quite enjoyable. Of course, I didn't venture into it with terribly high expectations, other than that I was looking a mindless and generally enjoyable break from more serious reading. If that's what you're looking for too, this is your book

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great read

This book was so entertaining and also sends a great message to love what you have, not what you think you want.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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what if....

a Thinking Girl's escape your own reality novel!
a glimpse into the great ' what if'.

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  • Tricia
  • LAKE ZURICH, IL, United States
  • 09-15-16

Love the concept

I love the idea of this book however, the character Abby got on my nerves! I found myself rolling my eyes at her all through the book. She was never satisfied.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful Novel. Great Philly setting.

Thoroughly enjoyed the novel. Had a great flow and loved all the characters. Great representation of Philly, The Main Line, and DelCo. Hope they make a film of it someday!

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Loved the book!

Loved the story. Really makes me think about how I'm living my life and reminds me to treasure what I have.

It was very engaging, I listened to it whenever I could, I couldn't wait to hear what was happening next.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Is this my biography?

Would you consider the audio edition of The One That Got Away to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version but the narration was great

Which character – as performed by Kristin Kalbli – was your favorite?

Abby

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Loved this. I think so many people can relate. I felt like she was telling my story!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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very cute.

story was good, but not sure if I believed that the "troubles" were all that bad. but still a very cute story about realizing how great you already have it.

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Super fun novel! Very entertaining.

This made for a perfect summer listen. I loved it! Anyone looking for a terrific summer beach book to listen to, I recommend it. It's fun and quirky, but surprisingly not shallow or boring. I listened nearly all the way through. The characters were all likeable and believable. The narration was great, too.

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  • Fiona
  • Mississauga, ON, Canada
  • 01-03-18

Fun beach listen

I really enjoyed this book, it was light hearted and the characters were very likable , you would want to be friends with Abby. I would recommend this book for anyone looking to listen to something that wasn’t going to keep them up at night or stress them out