The One That I Want – Book Review

The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch

Tilly Farmer is living her ideal life. She is married to her high school sweetheart and still in touch with her best friend from high school who is, in turn, married to her high school sweetheart. Plus, Tilly works at her old high school as a guidance counselor, where one of her major responsibilities is helping to plan the prom, one of her favorite events of all time. Life is going swimmingly; she might even possibly be pregnant, although it is far too early to tell.

But then she runs into an old high school friend working as a fortune teller. Instead of giving Tilly a reading, she says she is going to give her a gift, the gift of clarity. Suddenly, Tilly begins seeing bits and pieces of things before they happen. Bad things. Things that upset the idyllic life that Tilly is leading. Things that force her to decide what she really wants out of life.

I read Allison Winn Scotch’s last book, “Time of My Life” last year and now I’m convinced that picking up one of her books guarantees me a good read.

I think my very favorite thing about Winn Scotch’s books – at least the ones I’ve read – is the way she works in something slightly mystical and yet still somehow manages to keep the book firmly grounded in reality. In “The One That I Want,” Tilly is getting what basically amounts to premonitions, in “Time of My Life” Jillian basically gets sent into an alternate version of her life. Although some of the plot elements are fantastical, I get just as caught up in these women’s lives as if I knew them in real life.

Tilly was so incredibly satisfied with the way her life was going and so adverse to change that she could easily have been incredibly obnoxious. Instead, I found her incredibly sympathetic and felt that I could get inside her head sufficiently to understand where she was coming from and what had made her the way she was.

In addition to the great characterization, I also love the way Winn Scotch writes. She has lovely prose without being too poetic and long winded. In a time when I feel so many books are overwritten and too long, “The One That I Want” weighed in at a perfect length of 288 pages – enough time to fully work through all of the plot points, but not enough time to be overly long and lose my attention.

“The One That I Want” is fantastic, as is (it seems) all of Allison Winn Scotch’s work. I highly recommend this as a fun summer read.

I have three copies to give away in the US and Canada, but Allison also has a contest going on for those who buy the book by June 4th, so check it out! You can win lots of great prizes.

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14 comments to The One That I Want – Book Review

  • I loved it too! Now I’m trying to find the time to go back and read her first two!

  • I think I’m going to have to look up The Time of My Life too. Great review…this one is definitely getting some action here lately.

  • I really enjoyed TIME OF MY LIFE and am looking forward to reading this one, too! I missed her signing at BEA, so thanks for the chance to win!!

  • I’m seeing great reviews for this book. Have you read any Sarah Addison Allen? I’m wondering how the two authors compare to each other?

    • Sadly I haven’t read any of Sarah Addison Allen’s work, although she’s been on my wishlist for some time. If I am correct in my thinking about her work, though, she has magical elements infused throughout the book. With Allison Winn Scotch, it is more like there is one magical sort of thing that provides a basis for the plot, but after that it is really more like every day life.

  • Amy

    I’ve been hearing some great things about this book, thanks for hosting the giveaway to include Canada too 😀

  • I didn’t realize this book was so good. I will have to check it out. The premise definitely is promising. Glad that you recommend it. I should also look at her other book.

  • I just picked this one up at BEA, and it will be my first Allison Winn Scotch, but I’m really looking forward to it!

  • A blend of mystical and “firmly rooted in reality” definitely works for me. Books the go too mystical just don’t seem to work for me. I haven’t read any Scotch yet but I’m going to have to give it a try.

  • This looks like a great read! I’m excited to add it to my TBR List and maybe even win it! :) Thanks for the contest!

  • Amy

    I’m not a big fan of fantasy-type fiction but I am intrigued by your description of this book – it has an element of fantasy but is still very much grounded in reality. I think Tilly sounds like a wonderfully interesting and enjoyable character too. I am somewhat familiar with Ms. Scotch’s books, having read several reviews of her others but I haven’t read any yet. Your review of this one really interests me and I hope to pick it up soon (or win it!) so I can read it and see how I feel about fantasy in this contest.
    Thank you for a great review!

    ~ Amy

  • i saw this in the bookstore and the cover caught my eye. i’m glad to hear that there’s something to that purdy cover.

  • diana mack

    have read such great reviews of this

  • I loved Time Of My Life and can’t wait to get hold of The One That I Want. Thanks for the giveaway!