Title: The One That Got Away
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 . . .
Author: Melissa Pimentel
Published by Penguin Group Source: Publisher
Published: August 22, 2017
Genres: Woman's Fiction
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In this modern telling of Persuasion, we have Ruby and Ethan in a second-chance love story set in the countryside of England. While I saw the similarities, I have to say…I wish it wasn’t touted as a retelling.
It stands much better on its own than as an Austen reboot.
The story centers around Ruby and her Big Secret, which is revealed near the end of the book. The story is told in “Now” or “Then” chapters; in the now, we see Ruby as a hardened woman, desperately trying to prove something to herself. In the then, we flash back to Ruby and Ethan’s relationship ten years prior.
I enjoyed the read, and I enjoyed watching Ruby figure out the real reason why she was so unhappy with herself. But I felt that the last two chapters were when things really got moving; though it was a light read, I really wanted more once (SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT) Ethan and Ruby finally did get together. But it just ended there, suddenly…and again, I get it, Persuasion and all that, but really? Where’s the happily-ever-after? Where’s my promise that this is forever? Am I to just trust that these two are going to head off into the sunset, mere moments after Ruby reveals her Big Secret, and expect that all is forgiven in a rosy glow?
However…if I were to consider this a true modern tale of Persuasion, then I supposed I understand why the author ended it like she did. But as a true modern reader who loves Persuasion, I really hoped for more of the “after” parts. An epilogue, if you will. One that gave me an update on all the characters, and their happily-ever-afters.
Alas, dear readers, ’twas not to be this time.
Still, this was a solid 3.5 stars as a standalone Women’s Fiction novel, and I recommend you give it a read.