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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,601 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Allison Winn Scotch Narrator: Allyson Ryan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Tilly Farmer is thirty-two years old and has the perfect life she always dreamed of: married to her high school sweetheart, working as a guidance counselor in her hometown, trying for a baby. Perfect.

In fact, on the surface you might never know how tough things used to be. At seventeen, Tilly lost her mother to cancer, her father drowned his grief in alcohol, and she played parent to her two younger sisters more often than being a kid herself. Still Tilly never let tragedy overtake her belief that hard work and good cheer could solve any problem. Of course she’s also spent a lifetime plastering a smile on her face and putting everyone else’s problems ahead of her own.

But that relentless happiness has served her well, her sisters are grown and content, her dad is ten years sober, and she’s helping her students achieve all their dreams while she and her husband, Tyler, start a family. A perfect life indeed.

Then one sweltering afternoon at the local fair, everything changes. Tilly wanders into the fortune teller’s tent and is greeted by an old childhood friend, now a psychic, who offers her more than just a reading. “I’m giving you the gift of clarity,” her friend says. “It’s what I always thought you needed.” And soon enough, Tilly starts seeing things: her father relapsing, staggering out of a bar with his car keys in hand; Tyler uprooting their happy, stable life, a packed U-Haul in their driveway; and even more disturbing, these visions start coming true. Suddenly Tilly’s perfect life, so meticulously mapped out, seems to be crumbling around her. And she’s not sure what’s more frightening: that she’s begun to see the future or what the future holds.

As Tilly furiously races to keep up with, and hopefully change, her destiny, she faces the question: Which is the life she wants? The one she’s carefully nursed for decades, or the one she never considered possible?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Scotch creates eminently relatable characters, with a particularly excellent understanding of the way sisters interact, and has the ability to craft scenes of real emotional weight.”


  • “A novel about the choices we welcome and the choices we resist.”


  • “An aching, honest look into the death and rebirth of relationships…A wise, absorbing narrative.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jules | 2/12/2014

    " I have heard so much about this author, and was pleased to see, her writing lives up to the hype! The One That I Want addresses a variety of issues, so relating to the main character, Tilly Farmer was NOT something I found difficult. I got the book from a friend and couldn't put it down ... read it in a day! There is a very nice balance between the serious, weighty issues (marital discord, loss, self-actualization, etc.)and the lighter moments. It doesn't bring you down ... for too long, at least. ; ) I could relate to Tilly and her struggle with figuring out who she is, what she wants, and how/if she will pursue it ... SO much! The One That I Want was very satisfying, and I think will resound with many women who are 30- and 40-somethings. Looking forward to reading more of Allison Winn Scotch for sure! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Julie | 2/8/2014

    " I wanted to give this three stars but it was just too fluffy and the concept of the weird "spells" from looking at photographs wasn't believable. There wasn't anything special that set this story apart from others in the genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by -r- | 2/6/2014

    " A little cheesy, a little predictable, but enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Donna | 2/5/2014

    " A 32 year old woman thinks she is happy with a perfect marriage, a perfect life. When her world begins to unravel she questions what happiness really is. The story begins a bit slowly but gets better. "

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