The One You’re With by Lauren K Denton ~ 4⭐

Genre: Southern Fiction ~ Released: July 6, 2021

REVIEW: If you love the work of Lauren K Denton like I do, you will likely love her new book The One You’re With. It was a satisfying read that wasn’t straight forward. It taught the lesson that marriage is a commitment and a lot of hard work. 

I really love the message of this book. It talked of making your choices, standing behind them, working through problems and not giving up. I have to hand it to the characters in this book because they all lived with their choices. Your choices are not always right and sometimes the consequences of those choices are hard to live with. These characters are so rich in depth and love. They are tested many times over the years. 

From my point of view, one of the characters is taking what she considers a betrayal and a couple of lies and blowing them out of shape. It takes her a while to settle in her mind a couple situations and to decide on the direction of her life. This character was my main reason for the one star deduction. Otherwise, I loved the book and the lesson it was trying to teach. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher/#Netgalley for a fair and honest review. Thank you!

SYNOPSIS: 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.

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