Rating : 4 out of 5 Stars
Melissa Pimentel is a new author to me and frankly this book was a good surprise. The author’s writing is elegant, her characters are well-developed and believable. The One That Got Away is a story about love, loss and second chances. The combination of past and present storytelling and the dual point of view helps to understand the characters’ motivations, their regrets and their hope. I enjoyed the romantic vibe of this story.
Ruby Atlas is almost living her dream life in Manhattan. She has recently been promoted director and rents a tiny but overpriced place in the East Village. For ten years, her sole focus has been on her career and she is still single. She left the man she loved, Ethan Bailey, to start a new life in New York and live her dreams. But she could never forget him.
Ruby’s sister is getting married to Ethan’s best friend and they will both attend the marriage. Seeing him again after ten years awakens feelings of melancholy and loss. Ethan has apparently moved on. He is a very successful and wealthy businessman, confident and aloof. She intends to avoid him as much as she can, but that is a difficult task. She is still very attracted to him and his indifference and aloofness hurt her deeply. Ethan has been burned once and doesn’t want to repeat the same mistake. But he feels empty and is at a crossroads in his life. He has to make important choices related to his business. Both characters have matured and question their priorities in life. Are they prepared to take an emotional risk to find their love again?
Overall, I enjoyed this tender, sweet and melancholic look at true love and second chances. This book was a fast and easy read and I’ll definitely follow Melissa Pimentel in the future. The ending was a bit abrupt for my liking, though, probably due to the absence of an epilogue. I wanted more Ethan and Ruby!
An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
About the author
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.