In this irresistible debut novel, a freak accident allows a wife and mother to explore the alluring alternative of the Road Not Taken.

Abbey Lahey is a married, hard working mother of two, struggling to make ends meet in a blue-collar suburb of Philadelphia. When a freak tumble down a Nordstrom escalator lands her in an alternate reality, Abbey finds herself happily married to the one that got away—a dashing Philly blueblood she met briefly years earlier—and living a Cinderella life of privilege and luxury.

It’s everything Abbey ever dreamed of. Or is it? At first dazzled by the clothes, the penthouse, the nannies, and the glittering social functions, Abbey begins noticing troubling flaws in her new fourteen-carat life… and wonders what happened to the people she left behind. Torn between two vastly different realities, Abbey takes increasingly dramatic steps to reclaim herself—whoever that may be.


“A brilliantly realized wish fulfillment scenario […] For anyone who ever wondered, ‘What if?’” –Booklist

"Himes explores what could have been in this charming debut novel.”

–Kirkus Reviews

“Himes takes an intriguing look at how a simple yes could change a person’s entire life. […] A rewarding investigation of how all that glitters may not be gold.”

—Library Journal

“Himes’ well-constructed comic novel adds thought-provoking depth to a charming be-careful-what-you-wish-for story.” -Shelf Awareness

“An enchanting novel about the choices we make in life and love—by turns hilarious, poignant and nostalgic. Himes’s novel will make you revisit all the “what if’s” you’ve ever contemplated, from fleeting encounters to almost-weddings . . . a lively debut that will strike a chord in anyone with a romantic past.”

–Nicholas Sparks, international bestselling author of


"In the spirit of Lionel Shriver's THE POST-BIRTHDAY WORLD, Leigh Himes delivers a fascinating novel about the road not taken. I loved the concept and execution of this clever, thought-provoking love story." –Elin Hilderbrand, author of THE RUMOR