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2.92 out of 52.92 out of 52.92 out of 52.92 out of 52.92 out of 5 2.92 (37 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: June 2010 ISBN: 9780307736550
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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

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

    Redbook

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

    Publishers Weekly
  • “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.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 -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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hendo | 2/1/2014

    " Read this today. At work. Not a bad second novel, and maybe it's because I just finished her first, but both her novels seem pretty standard. Married couple. Weird phenomenon. Life choices. I like this one better than the first, but I'm not awed. However, without it, this would have been an even longer day, so thumbs up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 1/29/2014

    " Good read, just nothing too memorable about it. Felt a little bit preachy at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancywboca | 1/19/2014

    " Cute chick lit book with more substance than most. I listened to this book in my car while driving all over California this week, and it did keep me entertained. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/24/2013

    " I enjoyed watching Tilly grow as a character, but found the flash forwards/dreams/visions a little disjunctive. I'm not sure, too, that her father's affair with her ex-bff's mother was necessary to tie it all together with a "neat bow." Regardless, a good message/overall read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 12/15/2013

    " This book was okay. I found that it took me way to long to read and that I just wanted to finish it so that I can start a new book. It is pretty much like the same old chick book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yesenia Martinez | 12/13/2013

    " Ok so I purchased this book because it was a recommended read in Parenting Magazine. If you want something easy to read this definitely falls under that category. However, for me, it was just too predictable. After finishing the book I was like.. that's it? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Roxy | 12/12/2013

    " After 2 chapters, I had to put it away. I just didn't care for the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridgett | 12/5/2013

    " I liked this book...but I really didn't like the language used. The granddaddy of curse words (for Christians anyway) was used repeatedly. Bleck. I liked the characters and the story was ok. I guess if I had to sum it up I'd say "Eh...it was alright." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison Walsh | 11/21/2013

    " Easy read enjoyed. Very plain, simple book, nothing to deep. Tilly was a little too much with the whole prom thing and living in her teenage years. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melinda | 11/19/2013

    " Hey, look! I read some contemporary drama for grown married ladies! And it reminded me why I don't read contemporary drama for grown married ladies! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Reddin | 8/21/2013

    " Loved how this book turned out... Sometimes it takes looking past what is right in front of us to find out which road is the right one to choose. Love the characters... this would make a fabulous movie! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 8/10/2013

    " I liked the theme that you could feel like you are breaking, but not be broken. B "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley Gardner | 7/16/2013

    " I just felt it was lacking something for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/28/2013

    " really wanted to like this book, but it moved a bit slowly for my taste. The twists were too predictable and after a while, I just wanted it to be over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 11/22/2012

    " A little light and trendy in the beginning but picked up depth and real meaning in the second half. I could relate very much to the main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystyn | 9/27/2012

    " A quick & easy read and a story that kept me interested in wanting to know what was going to happen next to the many realistically flawed characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kylie | 9/24/2012

    " I wanted to like this book. The plot sounded entertaining, and when Tilly had her "visions" they were entertaining, so I wantead to know where they would go...but overall, I was disappointed and just wanted to finish the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 8/13/2012

    " I've enjoyed other books by this author but this one was just okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 5/10/2012

    " A nice easy and quick read in between other books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy Lo | 12/24/2011

    " I picked it up this morning and couldn't stop reading it. There is a quiet wistfulness to the narrative but also a building strength. It's not a happy book but I think ultimately it's a hopeful book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlito | 6/24/2011

    " Tilly would have seen her life much more clearer and less bitterly if she prayed to God as much as she used his name in vein "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 6/13/2011

    " Enjoyed this book but it dragged at times. A book about the main character finding herself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Misty | 6/12/2011

    " Even though i was not a huge fan of this book I couldn't not finish it. I needed to know how it ended. The main character drove me nuts. She was ridiculous living in some crazy fantasy world...ugh...completely oblivious to her life around her "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeni | 6/1/2011

    " One I was sad to see end...Unpredictable yet a pretty easy read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 5/26/2011

    " The story was choppy and unplanned. The story of Tilly's marriage falling apart was just not enough to create a full story, so the author threw in a cheating dad and a suicidal sister. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randi | 5/3/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, although part of it is fantasy, the story behind it is very true life, I actually found myself both dying to find out how it ends, yet not wanting it to be over. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 4/30/2011

    " Entertaining enough for a light read, but I never really got into the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lila | 4/16/2011

    " An interesting twist on seeing into the future...with a predictable ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 3/30/2011

    " I just felt it was lacking something for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 NuevoRain | 3/18/2011

    " Pleasant read, an odd combination of normal family melodrama and supernatural powers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 2/20/2011

    " I picked this up on a whim and thought it would be a light, flimsy read. I ended up really enjoying it. The book was engrossing and I liked the characters. Very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Didi | 1/31/2011

    " A rocky start and a problematic premise, but I ended up enjoying it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridgett | 1/21/2011

    " I liked this book...but I really didn't like the language used. The granddaddy of curse words (for Christians anyway) was used repeatedly. Bleck. I liked the characters and the story was ok. I guess if I had to sum it up I'd say "Eh...it was alright." "

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About the Author
Author Allison Winn Scotch

Allison Winn Scotch is the bestselling author of The One That I Want, Time of My Life, and The Department of Lost and Found. Prior to becoming a fiction writer, she was a frequent contributor to numerous magazines and websites, including Cooking Light, Men’s Health, Fitness, Glamour, and Redbook. She received her BA in history and marketing from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. When not writing fiction, Scotch writes celebrity profiles for a variety of magazines. She lives in New York with her family.

About the Narrator

Allyson Ryan is a voice actress who can be heard in commercials, promos, animation, and audiobooks. She received an AudioFile Earphones Award for her narration of Kaya McLaren’s On the Divinity of Second Chances. She also has extensive experience on stage and television and has appeared as “Mom” in several television commercials. Advertising Age nominated her for a Bobby Award in the best actress category for her work as the Duracell mom.