Saturday, April 4, 2015

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase

  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 31, 2015)

I have been an extremely lazy blogger this week.  In part, due to this book.

What They Say....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.

What I Say....Meh.  There was nothing WRONG with this book, but there was nothing incredibly RIGHT with it either.  It was such an even storyline, there never felt like there was a story arc.

Sarina has a great life, great job, great boyfriend when a one night stand comes back to town.  I guess you can see the story in two ways, she suddenly realizes what is missing in her life, or how I saw it, she suddenly began looking for problems with her boyfriend where there were previously none.

She was half in and half out of both relationships for almost the entire book.  I never got a feeling that Eamon suddenly found that she was his great love.

It was a good story, well written, the characters were likable.  It just never lit that spark for me, although the fault may well be mine, as I'm feeling really distracted this week.  But it's been a long time since it look me a whole week to finish a book.

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