In this irresistible debut novel, a freak accident allows a wife and mother to explore the alluring alternative of the Road Not Taken.
Abbey Lahey is a married, harried working mother of two, struggling to make ends meet in a blue-collar suburb of Philadelphia. When a tumble down a Nordstrom escalator lands her in an alternate reality, Abbey finds herself happily married to the one who got away - a dashing Philly blueblood she met briefly years earlier - and living a Cinderella life of privilege and luxury.
It's everything Abbey ever dreamed of. Or is it? At first dazzled by the clothes, the penthouse, the nannies, and the glittering social functions, Abbey begins noticing troubling flaws in her new 14-karat life...and wonders what happened to the people she left behind. Torn between two vastly different realities, Abbey takes increasingly dramatic steps to reclaim herself - whoever that may be.
"Himes takes an intriguing look at how a simple yes could change a person's entire life...the effort is a rewarding investigation of how all that glitters may not be gold." (Library Journal)
"An enchanting novel about the choices we make in life and love - by turns hilarious, poignant, and nostalgic. Himes's novel will make you revisit all the 'what ifs' you've ever contemplated, from fleeting encounters to almost-weddings...a lively debut that will strike a chord in anyone with a romantic past." (Nicholas Sparks, author of The Notebook and See Me)
"In the spirit of Lionel Shriver's The Post-Birthday World, Leigh Himes delivers a fascinating novel about the road not taken. I loved the concept and execution of this clever, thought-provoking love story." (Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Rumor)
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Predictable but not awful.
- Kelly brown