For the past seven years, Sarina Mahler has quietly obsessed over the one passionate night she spent with handsome Olympic swimmer, Eamon Roy, wondering why, after that fabulous night they had together, he left town without a word. And why she hasn’t heard from him since.

Yes, she has had other relationships since. In fact, she is currently involved with Noah Harlow, an attorney, who wants to marry her. But for the time being, he is working on a long term project in Argentina. It will be months before he returns.

And now Eamon is coming back to Austin, and will be at a party tonight thrown by their mutual friends, one of whom is Sarina’s roommate, Danny.

A successful architect, Sarina loves everything about her life…except for that obsessive niggling inside about what might have been.

The One That Got Away: A Novel is a fun and enjoyable story of what happens after. What Sarina discovers, and the push and pull of her life as she begins to realize that there was a lot more to the story of what happened, kept me turning pages. But can she trust this second chance? And what about Noah?

What I loved most about the story: how the author gave us an insider’s peek into some of the design projects Sarina was involved in. And I also loved seeing what her home town in Virginia looked like when she went there for a sad event. I could almost hear the bluegrass music. Poignant moments.

Eamon was a dreamy character, and I loved the dialogue between him and Sarina, as they became good friends and as she started renovating a house for him.

Noah, on the other hand, was boring and overly conservative, with very definite ideas about what his life with Sarina would look like. He seemed like a good person, but not right for someone creative like Sarina.

As the story unfolded, I knew how I wanted things to go…but I kept wondering about what might happen until the very end. I liked this one a lot, but I didn’t love it. 4 stars.


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