“Love The One You’re With” told the story of Ellen, who wondered if her husband, Andy, really was her soulmate. A chance encounter with her ex-boyfriend, Leo, gave Ellen a small glimpse into the relationship they could have had and suddenly made her question why she broke up with him. I expected the book to focus more on an actual affair like Jane Green’s “Tempting Fate,” but instead, this story revolved on Ellen’s decision whether to have one.
The writing was strong and engaging, as usual, and the characters had depth that made them seem real. The truthful descriptions that explained the characters’ thinking were excellent and made the book come alive. Andy was a mostly lovable and doting husband who didn’t give Ellen much to be unhappy about. There was merit to the things they fought about, but their relationship didn’t justify Ellen’s roving eye. That made Ellen a complicated character who I both liked and didn’t like at different parts of the books. Ellen’s sister-in-law was the villain, but I thought her actions weren’t all that terrible either. There was too much build up to what eventually happened, and I wished there would have been a little more illicit action.
I loved Giffin’s other two books, “Something Borrowed” and “Something Blue,” but somehow “Love The One You’re With” didn’t rate as high with me.