Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for a copy of The One That Got
Away by Melissa Pimentel. I was given this novel in exchange for an honest
The One That Got Away is a modern retelling of Persuasion by Jane
Austen. I am always interested in a fresh take on a classic.It is also the first Pink Escape book of 2017. The Jane Austen fan that I am I dove into this novel.
Ruby is an account manager at her job. She stays very busy with
work in New York. Her best friend has to persuade her to leave her sanctuary of
work to see her, before she leaves to go Scotland. Her sister Piper is getting
married to her man of from Ruby’s past. Ethan has changed a great deal, and
will also be at the wedding as the best man. The wedding takes place in
Scotland in a castle. Ruby seems to continue to run into Ethan regardless of
the situation. Will they be able to overcome the past and reconnect? Or will
she have to navigate a different path, which includes surviving Piper at the
I enjoyed this story. Ruby is a protagonist that I could identify
with. Ethan’s character is part of the story but he does not play a major role
to me. The story is told from Ruby's point of view. The character I found most
annoying was Piper. I wanted to applaud Ruby for putting up with her behavior
leading up to the wedding.
The plot takes place in two different story lines. The present
storyline line is the “Now” which follows the current events leading up to the
wedding. The other storyline is the “Then” section which tells the story of
Ruby and Ethan’s relationship.
I enjoyed the story but felt that the Then story line should have
ended sooner than it did. I would have changed the pacing a little to
compensate for the length. I was ready for the story to resolve and the happy
ending to begin. Yes, the story was true to Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I look
forward to what Melissa Pimentel shares next with her audience!
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