The One You’re With
Sometimes a story holds you so securely that even as you race to see what is next, you somehow know everything is going to be all right. Everyone has a crossroads in their life––where they make a choice that drives everything that comes after. Decades after, people often revisit this crossroads and wonder, “What if I have had chosen differently?”
For high school sweethearts Edie and Mac, that crossroads was the summer before their senior year of college. For the first time, they spend the summer without each other and have their own experiences and secrets to keep. At the end of the summer, they reunite and go on to lead their expected, respected adult lives. But what happens in the past rarely stays in the past, and nearly twenty years later, Edie and Mac are forced to reckon with the questions that summer brought up. The main question is––can their marriage and family survive it?
I really enjoyed this story, as much as for the descriptions of Oak Hill as for the plot and characters. Denton portrays a long-term marriage honestly, with all its joys and trials. I also appreciated that there was no villain in this story, only people trying to do the best they can, and that’s all any of us can ask.
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