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The one that I want : a novel
Allison Winn Scotch
Adult Fiction SCOTCH

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In the latest from Scotch (Time of My Life), a cliched story of a baby-craving 30-something, gives way to an aching, honest look into the death and rebirth of relationships. Tilly Farmer is a high school guidance counselor who married her high school sweetheart, has never left her hometown of Westlake, Wash., and is sure that the key to her happiness is getting pregnant. When an unexpected encounter with an old grade school friend (now a psychic) leaves Tilly with the ability to see the future, what she foresees is not a baby but losing her husband to a job in Seattle. Though the far-fetched plot device feels tired, Scotch combines the fallout of Tilly's visions with the burdens of an alcoholic father, angry younger sister, and deceased mother to bring her character into focus. Scotch answers hard questions about the nature of personal identity and overwhelming loss with a wise, absorbing narrative. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Tilly Farmer readily admits she's a happy woman. She married her high school sweetheart and is ready to start a family. She works as a guidance counselor at her old high school, and she lives in a nice house in the hometown where she grew up. She even has a hand in planning the senior prom and school musical every year. A chance meeting with an estranged friend working as a fortune teller leaves Tilly with strange visions that show a future quite the opposite of her expectations, like her father's struggle with alcoholism and her husband packing a moving truck. When her premonitions begin to prove valid, Tilly's left to wonder whether her happiness is genuine or a quixotic quest to keep hold of the best time of her life. Verdict A well-told if slightly predictable tale, Scotch's (Time of My Life) novel is a good choice for fans of women's fiction and book clubs. It's fast-paced and feels light yet still packs a satisfying emotional punch.-Amy Brozio-Andrews, Albany P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Married to her high school sweetheart; school counsler; visits a fortune teller; begins to see her perfect life in a different light.



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