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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leigh Himes Narrator: Kristin Kalbli Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9781478909491
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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 fourteen-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.

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  • 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
  • [A] brilliantly realized wish-fulfillment scenario in the vein of Liane Moriarty . . . [Himes's] examination of how the choices we make can define who we become will resonate with readers. For anyone who ever wondered 'What if?' Booklist
  • Himes explores what could have been in this charming debut novel. Kirkus Reviews
  • 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
  • Himes's portrait of an outsider trying to fit into a narrow new role works well; Abbey is reminiscent of the snarky Jill Weber character on Bravo's Odd Mom Out. Publishers Weekly
  • Himes's well-constructed comic novel adds thought-provoking depth to a charming be-careful-what-you-wish-for story. Shelf Awareness
  • 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
  • “An enchanting novel about the choices we make in life and love—by turns hilarious, poignant, and nostalgic. Himes’ 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, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “[A] brilliantly realized wish-fulfillment scenario in the vein of Liane Moriarty…[Himes’s] examination of how the choices we make can define who we become will resonate with readers. For anyone who ever wondered ‘What if?’”

    Booklist

  • “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

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About the Author
Leigh Himes has spent fourteen years working in the public relations field. Born and raised in Greensboro, NC, she now lives just outside Philadelphia with her husband and two children.
About the Narrator

Kristin Kalbli is an Atlanta voice and stage actor. She has worked for the Process Theatre, OnStage Atlanta, and Theatre Gael, among others. Kristin loves working with, promoting, and supporting new works from Atlanta playwrights and writers. Currently she is grateful to have lots of work recording audiobooks.