Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Book Review: The One That I Want

The One that I Want
By Allison Winn Scotch

Synopsis (from Random House Inc.)
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?

My Review
Up for a serving of clarity, anyone?

Tilly gets a huge dose of it in this novel about the different types of loss.  The loss of marriages around her, people, parents, sisters...but from all of the loss, she has so much to gain.  Clarity not only gives her the power within herself to see what's really there, but to fight to be who she really is.  Through the loss of who she thought she was and who she denies she should be, Tilly learns that not everything in her life is what it seems.

Allison wrote Tilly with such warmth and perserverence that I got upset when things would happen to her...or I would want to shake the other characters from what they were doing in the novel.  But, of course, at the end of it all, there is hope for everyone...

I was happy to be able to experience my first Allison Winn Scotch novel...it was a nice break from life and made me appreciate the clarity I have in my life.  It just opens your eyes a little at what you think is real and what really truly is.

Recommend This?
I think it's a good idea to pick this book up.  If you want a book that's quick and breezy, but that you can put down for a bit, this one's for you.  You aren't bombarded with complex ideas in this novel - it's just simple.  Simple...and pretty darn good ; )

My Rating?
7.5 out of 10 - not bad, not bad at all, Miss Allison!

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Happy Reading!
~ Nay ~

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Pidg said...

This sounds oh so good. Question, can Moi read it? She's 15. She reads non-stop!

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Thanks for the review. LOVE your blog and looking forward to reading your posts. Thanks for visiting. Happy Tuesday! ☺

Maryann Miller said...

Thanks for this terrific review. What a wonderful concept for a story.

And thanks for following my blog. I will add yours to my list, too.

Amanda said...

Oooh. Going to add that to my massive list of books to read. :)