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. (Goodreads)
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We all have that one person that we think we could have really made a life with. Sometimes we still yearn for another shot at, to have the perfect happiness that you’re sure this person will bring to your life. For Sarina, it was Eamon Roy, though the extent their relationship ended up only being one night. Seven years later, Eamon is back in Austin (whoo hoo, TEXAS!), and though Sarina has a serious boyfriend, she still feels connected and unbelievably attracted to Eamon.
This book was fantastic. I loved Sarina. She could be me or my best friend. She’s smart and a talented architect, and a great friend, and she is funny and has an up for anything attitude. I understood her attraction and mild obsession with Eamon, though I cringed about her long-distance boyfriend not knowing about Sarina and Eamon’s past. That didn’t stop me from wanting her boyfriend to be a complete douche who does something inexcusable and ultimately gives Sarina an excuse to ditch him for Eamon…but I digress.
I really enjoyed getting to know Sarina. This debut author reminded me of my favorite women’s fiction authors and she definitely deserves a space right besides Emily Giffin and Liza Palmer. I can’t wait to read more by her. I know that there is a sequel to The One That Got Away and I am quite anxious for it (give it to me already). It’s a book that I would recommend to my friends who like women’s fiction. It’s fun and the characters are charming (I especially loved her step-father). This book lets you live vicariously through Sarina as she gets her second chance.
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