Book Review: What Might Have Been by Holly Miller

Posted January 12, 2022 by WendyW in Book Review, bookblogger, Uncategorized / 24 Comments

What Might Have Been
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by Holly Miller
Publication Date January 18, 2022
Published by Penguin
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Genres: Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Romance, Women
Pages: 367
Format: ARC

What if “meant to be” happened twice?

Lucy is at a crossroads. The same night she quits her thankless job she meets Caleb, a local photographer in her seaside town, and has a run-in with Max—the once love of her life. As Lucy decides the right path forward—finally pursue her dream of becoming a writer, or move to London and revive her career—her choice will change her life in unimaginable ways.

Stay. After a decade of trying to run from her dream, Lucy is finally facing her fears and putting pen to page. With her budding romance with handsome, artistic Caleb, she has more inspiration now than ever. But can Lucy and Caleb open themselves up after their past heartbreaks? And will their different paths take them to the same place?

Go. Lucy can’t believe her luck when a room in her best friend’s London house share opens up and she lands a job at the prestigious Supernova. It gives her the courage to face Max, who’s serendipitous encounter still has her reeling, and ask what really happened almost a decade ago? But does she really want to know, when being together feels like fate?

In concurrent storylines that track what would have happened if Lucy chose to Stay or Go, What Might Have Been is a sweeping story that poses the questions: is it destiny or chance that decides who we are meant to be, and who we are meant to love? And is there such a thing as a soul mate?

My Review:

What Might Have Been by Holly Miller is a delightful look at one person’s life as seen through two timelines.  It’s heartwarming, emotional, and thought-provoking.  

Lucy suddenly loses her job, and as she drowns her sorrows in her beer at the local pub, she meets and starts talking to Caleb.  Then, she notices her old boyfriend, Max through the window on the street.  She rushes outside to see Max, and this is where the stories divide.   Which outcome is best?  Meeting up again with Max, and getting back together with the “one that got away”, or forgetting about Max and continuing with the interesting Caleb, who she just met? 

I like this romance very much.  Throughout the book, I kept wondering which outcome will be best for Lucy, so I enjoyed the bit of mystery that came with the romance.  And you get two romances with this book.  Lucy and Max and Lucy and Caleb!  I love the alternating chapters for the different outcomes, it kept the book fast-moving and so interesting it was difficult to put down.  I enjoyed all three of the main characters so much.  

I recommend this book to anyone who loves romance and women’s fiction.  I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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24 responses to “Book Review: What Might Have Been by Holly Miller

  1. This definitely reminds me of Sliding Doors, an older movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Now I’m wondering who Lucy ends up with.

  2. I hadn’t heard of this book before Wendy and it definitely sounds like one I’d like. I really enjoyed your review. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Wonderful review Wendy. This is an interesting premise and sounds like one I would enjoy. I love the UK cover, the US one is so bland.

  4. Two different storylines for the same character… that is a fun premise (as long as your favorite one won in the end).

  5. Lovely review Wendy🙂 this sounds really interesting with the two possible outcomes. One always wonders about the what if one had taken the other decision, and this one shows you. Love the idea

  6. I really enjoy it when a book has two timelines. It will always catch my eye in any book but with this one it sounds even more interesting to me because it goes into the two different outcomes. 😍

  7. Great review! It sounds like Lucy has found herself in the middle of her personal “Choose Your Own Adventure” scenario!