Bethany Chase's debut of THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY sparkles!
I loved this
romantic novel that took me on a sweet, wonderful ride.
Sarina Mahler and Eamon Roy belong together for always and
forever. It took awhile for Sarina to believe this but
meantime she is growing her architectural practice,
grieving for her lost mother and her beloved, step-
John, while trying to still her
conflicting heart, and follow her dreams.
How can you not fall in love with Eamon? A handsome hunk
with a smile that lights up the room, and a personality
draws everyone to him. His sense of humor is pure
delight. Did I mention sexy? Yeah, sexy, very, very
I found him profoundly passionate yet tender with Sarina.
A retired Olympic swimmer, he keeps his body perfectly
and always "has his eye on the prize." This time his
is Sarina. Returning to Austin to live, he enlists Sarina
to turn the fixer-upper into his dream home complete with
eighty foot pool in the back yard. It's time for him to
follow his dreams too.
To me this delightful story is about love, so many kinds
Sarina grow up with a single mother, so close she never
missed having a father. Mourning her mother's death ten
years ago, Sarina has a ritual, while she is mourning, to
celebrate her Mother's birthday. She takes the day off,
goes to the local nursery, buying flats of petunias, her
mother's favorite flower. After planting them, the ice
cream and daytime television follow. She mourns, she
and she remembers.
With John her step-father, their strong endearing bond
continues as they share their memories and mutual love of
her mother. Their joint humor touched my heart. Another
characters that I truly enjoyed was her gay roommate and
spectacular friend, Danny. Who would not love to have a
Bethany Chase has made a sensational first impression on
and I truly hope in the world of women's fiction. I wait
with impatience for her next book. You have a new and
loyal fan, Ms. Chase.
Perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner,
this bright, funny debut from a fresh voice in fiction
offers a delicious take on love, family, and what it means
to build a home of one’s own.
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
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