I had the opportunity to read Bethany Chase's new book THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY and am thrilled to be part of her share a review with you.
Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
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.Now, I have to throw this out. I was a little thrown at first with the initial tone. I liked the characters, there is a hilarious banter as friends are preparing for a wedding, but based on the title and the description, I was expecting a tone that was a little more somber.
However, it didn't take me long to be pulled into the story, enjoying the way the relationship between Sarina and her roommate, old flame and boyfriend all unfolded. I groaned with her during the interactions she has with the couple who will be her in-laws, and appreciated her uncertainty when Eamon showed up.
But beyond that, I felt for Sarina. As the story progressed, I longed to sit beside her, listen to her think out loud. Chase did a superb job of making Sarina's decisions realistic because of their difficulty, and the pacing and tension were precise.
And honestly, I loved it.