Do you ever wonder what it would be like if you could get glimpses into your future and know what was going to happen before it did? Well that’s exactly what happens to Tilly in Allison Winn Scotch’s newest novel The One That I Want and it ends up being quite the journey of self discovery for her. I’ve loved Allison’s previous two novels, The Department of Lost and Found (my review) and Time of My Life (my review) and The One That I Want is right up there with the rest. This is one talented author well worth the read!
Tilly has the world by the tail. She’s one happy lady – she’s got her job as a guidance counselor and she’s married to her high school sweetheart and they’re trying for a baby. She’s never left her small town of Westlake and has never had the urge to. So, of course she’s happy or……….is she? Tilly goes to the town fair and encounters an old school friend Ashley who tells fortunes now. Tilly thinks it’s craziness but sits down with Ashley. What Ashley ends up giving her is clarity. Clarity to see how the things in her life really are versus how she thinks she’s seeing them. What follows is a total upset to Tilly’s otherwise very quiet and ordered life that she’s been so comfortable with.
Tilly starts having visions – she gets this pain that starts in her toes and works its way up and then she just blacks out and sees things. She’s seeing things into the future and she’s none too happy with what she’s seeing. She sees her dad stumbling drunk out of a bar and he hasn’t had a drink in years and worse yet she has a vision of her husband packing up a uHaul. This can’t be good. This can’t be what will actually happen. Will it?
So of to see Ashley she goes but it gets her nowhere. She tells her to take back this so called gift of clarity that she’s given her but Ashley tells her it doesn’t work like that. That she didn’t actually give Tilly anything – just really opened her eyes to the reality of her world. Well Tilly doesn’t like the reality of her world anymore- her father has taken up drinking after being sober for years and her husband is leaving her – what could be good about the gift of clarity if it means all of this pain along with it?
I really liked Tilly as a character. A little naive about her life but hey, until everything went haywire on her, she really was happy. Since her mother died when Tilly was 17, she has spent her life taking care of her younger sisters, her father – really everyone. Tilly is one of those people who has a problem saying no so of course everyone is always coming to her for something. Yet that’s what makes her the caring and kind person she is with her students and the people in her life.
When her life starts unraveling though she starts to see a different Tilly. A Tilly that’s angry and starting to fight back at the unfairness of it all. I mean, come on, her husband told her he wasn’t coming home in an email. She’s mad. Yet at the same time she’s starting to see that maybe this ‘perfect life’ she thought she had wasn’t so perfect. Now she’s seeing the signs that all wasn’t well and she’s also starting to realize that she can have a good life without her husband. What she originally thought defined her she begins to realize really didn’t. There was much more to Tilly Farmer than she would have believed and she’s going to dig deeper to find that woman.
The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch is a great story. It really makes you think about what you would do if this happened to you. I don’t think I’d want to see the future unless I knew for sure I could change it for the better. This book also leaves you wondering what if you had done things differently when you were younger – maybe took the road less traveled and seen where it would go. Does playing it safe really bring you all the things you want in life or keep you from heartache? I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes…
I read The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch for her book tour with TLC Book Tours. You can check out all the other tour stops for Allison’s book here and be sure to pop into Allison’s website as well. The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch released June 1, 2010 and you can buy your very own copy here in the US and here in Canada.
Courtesy of the publisher Shaye Areheart Books, I have 1 copy of The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch to share with my readers. To enter…
- Just leave me a comment with a way to contact you. No email, no entry.
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, June 26, 2010. Good luck everyone!
Lovely book! I so want to in this 😀
The covers of this author's books are so pretty. This sounds like a great read Dar; looking forward to it.
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I've wanted to read Time of My Life for MONTHS, as well as her first one, and now as well as THIS one.
Thanks for your review! I was a little skeptical about this, but now I'm sure. :]
I've been reading nothing but good reviews of this so thanks for the chance
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Carol D. says
Sounds good and as others have mentioned, the cover is great.
I really liked Time Of My Life and look forward to reading The One That I Want. Nice review, Dar!
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I am with you, I would not like to see my future, ok in a way. If I was really rich and happy, with a huge library 😉
I would like to enter this giveaway.. the review by Jen as well as you have been really good for this book… but I agree with you… I wouldn't want to be able to see my future… that would make living in the present quite miserable…
Nice review! Sounds like a good one and I really like the cover too.
Sounds like a very good read.
This sounds like a really interesting book, and one that I would probably like a lot. Please do enter me in your giveaway. I'd love a chance to win it!
Pamela Keener says
Thanks for the review I would love to win this giveaway.
Love & Hugs,
Oh yea, yea, yea! I just ordered "Time of My Life" It is in the mail on the way to me as I type. So I would love this book too!
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Wonderful review Dar! I just got my copy for review a couple of days ago and plan on reading it next. I loved Time of My Life so I'm definitely looking forward to this one. No need to include me in the giveaway.
I've really wanted to read this one. Please count me in!
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I've read several reviews–would love to win it!
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Sounds like an emotional read ~ please enter me
Book Junkie says
YAY! I knew this one was going on tour. I love the cover!!!!
Sounds good, I'd like to be included! tWarner419@aol.com
Sarah E says
Please enter me in this giveaway!
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me! me! =)
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Thank you for hosting this lovely giveaway.
Sandy Jay says
I have this one on my wishlist so I'd love to win it. Thanks for the giveaway.
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'Do you ever wonder what it would be like if you could get glimpses into your future and know what was going to happen before it did? '
Oh if only I could do this at the moment, it might change my present state of mind.
Please enter me in your lovely giveaway!
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This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the review!
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Great review. I'd love to read it.
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Little Tesoro says
Thanks for the review, this one sounds so good.
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don't enter me Dar because I'm going to be reading this one soon for my TLC date! Just wanted to pop in and skim your thoughts real quick!
Colleen Turner says
I saw this book on anoter blog and thought it sounded good. Please enter me in your giveaway.
This novel sounds really good, please count me in!
yet another book review that makes me want to read yet another book!
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I read Time of My Life and enjoyed it, so I'd love to read this also.
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Martha Lawson says
Sounds great! Please enter me for this one.
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I would love to win this book!
It does bring up and interesting idea – not sure if I want to know the future.
Excellent reviews here on your blog, enjoyed flipping through 🙂 Keep it up!
Debbie F says
Please include me! thanks
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This sounds like a great book. You did a great review and I would like to enter the contest to win!
Sounds like a good book to read.
Please enter me.
This does sound good. I liked Time of My Life, and I was wondering what this one is like. 🙂
I agree with Diane that the cover is lovely. =] I like the synopsis.
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Just Mom says
I would really like to read this one and not just because I love the cover but I do!
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I have never read a novel by this author but I would like to it sounds like she tells a very good story.
Please enter me in your giveaway.
Pretty cover. Thanks for the giveaway.
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I can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the great giveaway.
Susan Helene Gottfried says
Good to see you online again! Don't enter me; I'm just here to let you know I've got this up at Win a Book.
Alice Teh says
Hi Dar, no need to enter me for the giveaway but thought I'd let you know that I've been coveting this book! 🙂
I'd really love to read this – thanks for the chance. It looks good.
Thanks for the giveaway.
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This book is on my WL! Please enter me!
Please enter me in your contest!
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Allison is one of my favorite authors. Toss my name in the drawing.
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Please count me in!!
I don't think I'd want to see the future either. I'm glad you enjoyed this since I hope to read it soon. No need to enter me.
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Great review! Like you, I wouldn't want to see the future unless I had the power to change it for the better.
Thanks so much for being on the tour, Dar!! We greatly appreciate it.
Please enter me & thx for the contest
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i've been dying to read this book!
thanks for hosting a giveaway.
Really wanting to read this one. Please enter me.
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Melissa M says
I LOVE this cover, and the book sounds great too. 🙂 THanks for the giveaway!
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I have often thought about whether or not I would want special powers like seeing into the future. This book sounds so fascinating…
Dawn M. says
Ooo, this sounds really good. Count me in, please! :0)
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Steve Capell says
I haven’t read any of this author’s books, but your review sounds like a book that I would take pleasure in reading.
Thanks you so much for hosting this giveaway.
I'm happy to read that you enjoyed this book, Dar. I'd like to read it as it sounds like it poses some interesting questions. Please enter me in your giveaway!
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Erika Lynn says
I love AWS! count me in
I'd love to be entered for this! Thanks for the giveaway. 😀
I've heard this one is great. Thanks!
I have heard great things about this book! Please enter me. Thanks,email@example.com
Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway.
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sounds like a great book! i don't know if i'd want to know the future – i think i'd be too scared!
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sounds interesting- please sign me up
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I've not read any of Ms. Scotch's books and would love a chance to read this one. Great review Dar.
I love her books. Reading Time of My Life now!
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Thanks for the giveaway – looks like an enjoyable read!
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I would love to win this book!
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