REVIEW: The One That Got Away by Leigh Himes
SYNOPSIS: 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.
GENRE: Fiction, Contemporary
RELEASE DATE: May 31st, 2016
RATING: ★★★☆☆/ 3.5 Touching Stars.
REVIEW: What if? That's the question posed by Abbey Lahey to herself at the beginning of this novel. And it's a good one. It's the question that we probably ask ourselves often whenever life gets a bit hectic or stressful. This novel will resonate with you, whoever you may be, but especially the overworked mother, though the idea of the road not taken is a universal concept. In this respect, Leigh Himes has hit the nail on the head.
The One That Got Away can't really be categorized as chick-lit, which I think needs a heavier dose of levity and comedic happenstance. Instead, it has a more serious tone. There are a few amusing points, but nothing that would startle you to laugh. The story is more about deep thoughts and realizing the little things that make up the big moments.
The author's smartest and most heartwarming writing was when she had our main character flashing back to memories of her life. They were brilliantly interwoven with story. Those were the times when I couldn't keep a smile from my face. Sweet, touching, and occasionally heartwrenching. In these passages, the book shined.
There were parts, however, that were definitely cliche. The overall lifestyle and attitudes of the wealthy and elite that Abbey found herself in, were predictable and a bit boring. I wanted her to rock the boat more. Several of the characters, especially the more interesting, like the grittier South Philly mom transplant, flitted in and out of the story too quickly. I wanted Abbey to pull these characters into her new world with her and build on them. I wanted them to have a more lasting impression and perhaps give the book a touch more comedy.
The author's love and the descriptions of the city are extensive. As well as the political and public relations aspects of the book. Himes doesn't just breeze through or give a passing glance to the world in which she has thrown her heroine. She created another living, breathing, part of the story, rich in detail. Also wonderfully detailed was the fashion and accessories. Who doesn't love a designer clothing smorgasborg? Especially when it comes with life lessons and perspecitive.
As to the end of this book, it was a bit abrupt. The time had definitely come but I was missing a little something. I could describe exactly what it is but I don't want to give any spoilers, so I'll let you draw your own conclusions when you read the book...and I do recommend it to anyone who finds the synopsis appealing. I spent an enjoyable and relaxing weekend reading this book.