Author: Lauren K. Denton
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Margaret at Harper Collins
Goodreads: 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.
Ope’s Opinion: Now is when I wish I were a writer, not just an avid reader. I am struggling to find the words to express how wonderfully woven this is story is. The past and present perspective of Mac and Edie made it just flow from the beginning to the very imperfectly perfect end.
Without giving too much away, this story is about choosing who you love regardless of what happens. It is an in-depth look at marriage from the inside. This was a difficult time for Mac and Edie, but it was written in such a positive, uplifting way.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys family stories. I am really looking forward to Lauren K. Denton’s next book. I will read whatever she writes.