The One That Got Away by Melissa Pimentel @melispm @MichaelJBooks #TheOneThatGotAway



Ruby and Ethan were perfect for each other. Until the day they suddenly weren’t.

Now, ten years later, Ruby is single, having spent the last decade focusing on her demanding career and hectic life in Manhattan. There’s barely time for a trip to England for her little sister’s wedding. And there’s certainly not time to think about what it will be like to see Ethan again, who just so happens to be the best man.

But as the family frantically prepare for the big day, Ruby can’t help but wonder if she made the right choice all those years ago. Because there is nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past .


The One That Got Away


This is a lovely book to cosy up with and just dream along with it. It certainly made me think back in time at my own past loves with a sigh! Ruby and Ethan were the perfect couple until Ruby decided that there was something greener over the hill, so off she went to the big city and left Ethan behind. Now a successful career woman and still single, she is taking time off and heading to her little sister’s wedding in Edinburgh, where the very eligible Ethan is best man.

I must admit that I did get a little flutter because you know what the outcome will be but it is the getting there that makes it a cracking story. The ups and downs and misunderstandings along the way. I loved that it didn’t all just centre round the two prime characters but included so many other people too. As Ruby’s real feelings resurface she has to keep them hidden from an Ethan that seems to have moved on in life without her, especially after eaves dropping in on a conversation.

There are some lovely chapters that made me smile where this invasion of American friends and family of the wedding party and the Scottish residents try to make sense of each other. It really is Ruby to the rescue as far as the wedding goes with what and who really matters in a family the most making it an emotional winner.

The story goes from present day back to when they were a couple and how Ruby begins to understand why she made the choices that she did. The story flows nicely, it doesn’t grip you, it envelops you and left me with lots of what ifs to think about. I originally got this book through NetGalley.


Melissa Pimentel grew up in a small town in Massachusetts in a house without cable and therefore much of her childhood was spent watching 1970s British comedy on PBS.

At twenty-two, she made the move to London to do an MA in Modern Literature at University College London. She has lived there happily for ten years, though she still adamantly refuses to eat a scotch egg. Before meeting her fiancé, she spent much of her time trawling the London dating scene for clean, non-sociopathic sexual partners and blogging about it, which became the inspiration for her first novel.

These days, she spends much of her time reading in the various pubs of Stoke Newington and engaging in a long-standing emotional feud with their disgruntled cat, Welles. She works in publishing.



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