The One That I Want

The One That I Want

A Novel

Book - 2010
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Tilly Farmer is thirty-two years old and has the perfect life she always dreamed of: married to her high school sweetheart, working as a guidance counselor in her hometown, trying for a baby. Perfect. In fact, on the surface you might never know how tough things used to be. At seventeen, Tilly lost her mother to cancer, her father drowned his grief in alcohol, and she played parent to her two younger sisters more often than being a kid herself. Still Tilly never let tragedy overtake her belief that hard work and good cheer could solve any problem. Of course she's also spent a lifetime plastering a smile on her face and putting everyone else's problems ahead of her own. Then one sweltering afternoon at the local fair, everything changes. Tilly wanders into the fortune teller's tent and is greeted by an old childhood friend, now a psychic, who offers her more than just a reading. "I'm giving you the gift of clarity," her friend says. "It's what I always thought you needed." And soon enough, Tilly starts seeing things: her father relapsing, staggering out of a bar with his car keys in hand; Tyler uprooting their happy, stable life, a packed U-Haul in their driveway; and even more disturbing, these visions start coming true. Suddenly Tilly's perfect life, so meticulously mapped out, seems to be crumbling around her.
Publisher: ©2010.
New York :, Shaye Areheart Books,, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010.
ISBN: 9780307464514
9780307464507
0307464504
Characteristics: 270 pages ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: One that I want.
Summary: Tilly Farmer is thirty-two years old and has the perfect life she always dreamed of: married to her high school sweetheart, working as a guidance counselor in her hometown, trying for a baby. Perfect. In fact, on the surface you might never know how tough things used to be. At seventeen, Tilly lost her mother to cancer, her father drowned his grief in alcohol, and she played parent to her two younger sisters more often than being a kid herself. Still Tilly never let tragedy overtake her belief that hard work and good cheer could solve any problem. Of course she's also spent a lifetime plastering a smile on her face and putting everyone else's problems ahead of her own. Then one sweltering afternoon at the local fair, everything changes. Tilly wanders into the fortune teller's tent and is greeted by an old childhood friend, now a psychic, who offers her more than just a reading. "I'm giving you the gift of clarity," her friend says. "It's what I always thought you needed." And soon enough, Tilly starts seeing things: her father relapsing, staggering out of a bar with his car keys in hand; Tyler uprooting their happy, stable life, a packed U-Haul in their driveway; and even more disturbing, these visions start coming true. Suddenly Tilly's perfect life, so meticulously mapped out, seems to be crumbling around her.

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Jul 30, 2012

Tilly Farmer thought she had it all, a good husband and a good job. Given the gift of clarity, she begins to see that all is not right. As she tries to change her destiny, she finally wonders if she really does have another life. Good characters, interesting situations.

ehbooklover Dec 06, 2010

A great read about making difficult choices instead of getting too comfortable with your life. I'll definitely be reading another book by this author.

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OliviaSh Jun 16, 2011

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