Title: The One That Got Away
Author: Bethany Chase
Published: March 31, 2015
Review: ebook (Advance Galley from Penguin First To Read)
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.
I received this Advance Galley read from Penguin First to Read to give an honest review.
I was thoroughly impressed with the story. You have Sarina who seems to be an amazing architect, which I have never read about anyone having that job in a book before. And we see how an old flame from a one-night stand comes back into her life.
Sarina and Eamon had an amazing night one time almost 10 years ago, He left in the middle of the night with no note, no calls, nothing. Sarina couldn't figure out why and even though she tried not to let it bother her she still thought about it.
Fast forward to the now. Sarina lives with her best friend Danny and is engaged to what I thought at first was an amazing man named Noah but I ended up changing my thoughts on him pretty quickly.
Then Eamon comes back to Austin looking for a place to live and call his own. This is where Sarina comes into play because she is the architect he ends up hiring to design his home once he finds one that suits him and his eighty foot pool.
We watch as Sarina tries to hide her feelings for Eamon and struggles with her relationship with Noah as he is out of the country for business. It seems to be a cat and mouse game for Sarina and Eamon as he still has feelings for her as well.
At first I thought Noah would be great for Sarina, and then he starts harking on her working when she has children with him and that he doesn't think his wife should work you know the things guys like to say back when they were cave men. I was proud of Sarina for putting him in his place. She wasn't going to throw her career that she has been building away just because they would start a family later. Then the very unthinkable happens for Sarina and I had a feeling this would happen and Noah really wasn't there for her when she needed him to be so who does Sarina lean on? You guessed it Eamon and this makes her realize that she doesn't truly love Noah like she should and I am glad she said something instead of being miserable which I think she would have been if she stayed.
Now from the get go I figured both Sarina and Eamon would get together eventually and we get to see them both try to fight their feelings more Sarina fighting than Eamon. So the ending was predictable for me, but I wanted to know did she ever finish his house? I know super silly but that is what got them back in the same town in the first place.
I liked this author's writing that I will be looking for more of her books. Now this is not my normal genre of reading so I was surprised that I got out of my comfort zone and enjoyed it.
I'm a women's fiction author, interior designer, and eternally hopeful A-cup. My debut novel, THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, is coming March 31, 2015. Welcome to my page... can I get you a drink?
“A warm, witty, and wise novel, The One That Got Away announces the arrival of a great new voice in fiction.” — Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The One and Only