by Lauren K. Denton
Publication Date July 6, 2021
Published by Thomas Nelson
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Genres: Clean & Wholesome, Family Life, Fiction, Marriage & Divorce, Romance, Southern, Women
Written in Lauren K. Denton’s signature Southern style, The One You’re With tells a story of marriage, choices, and what a good life really looks like.
High-school sweethearts Mac and Edie Swan lead a seemingly picture-perfect life in the sleepy-sweet community of Oak Hill, near Mobile, Alabama. Edie is a respected interior designer, Mac is a beloved pediatrician, and they have two great kids and a historic home on tree-lined Linden Avenue. From the outside, the Swan family is the definition of “the good life.” And life is good—mostly. Until a young woman walks into Mac’s office one day. A young woman whose very existence threatens all Mac and Edie have built and all they think they know about each other.
Nineteen years after a summer apart, with a family and established lives and careers, the past that Mac and Edie thought they left behind has come back to greet them. For the first time, constants in their lives are called into question: their roles as parents, their reputation as upstanding members of the community, and the very foundations of their marriage. As they wade through the upheaval in both their family and professional lives, they must each examine choices they made long ago and chart a new course for their future.
The One You’re With is another great delve into marriage, love, relationships, secrets, and regrets. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover and can’t wait to read more from Lauren K. Denton.
Edie Swan and her husband Mac are living the good life. Edie works at a prestigious design firm, and her husband is a pediatrician with his own practice. They have two children and live in an upscale community near Mobile, Alabama. Everything is good until a young woman enters Mac’s office and their perfect life starts to fall apart.
The books flip between the present and the past, and the points of view of Edie and Mac, giving the story interest, and kept me turning the pages. The book is full of family drama, secrets, and consequences that felt realistic and kept me enthralled in the story. The characters were realistic, fully formed, and sympathetic. The author is a talented writer, and I will be looking for more of her books to read.
I highly recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.