The One You're with (Paperback)
The Swans are a seemingly happy and picture-perfect family living in a quiet town near Mobile, AL. That is until a total stranger walks into their lives and shatters the illusion, completely changing the dynamics of all their relationships. Years earlier, before they married, Mac & Edie broke up for a summer. Mac got a job at a marina, met Kat, and fell in love. Kat realized they had no future with him and let him go. Now 19 years later, their daughter Riley, who Mac never knew existed, walks into his doctor's office pregnant herself and nothing will be the same again. Denton is great at writing very relatable stories. I have loved them all.— Sue
Written in Lauren K. Denton's signature Southern style, The One You're With tells the story of a seemingly perfect marriage rocked by secrets from the past.
High-school sweethearts Mac and Edie Swan lead a seemingly picture-perfect life in the sleepy-sweet community of Oak Hill, near Mobile, Alabama. Edie is a respected interior designer, Mac is a beloved pediatrician, and they have two great kids and a historic home on tree-lined Linden Avenue. From the outside, the Swan family is the definition of "the good life." And life is good--mostly. Until a young woman walks into Mac's office one day. A young woman whose very existence threatens all Mac and Edie have built and all they think they know about each other.
Nineteen years after a summer apart, with a family and established lives and careers, the past that Mac and Edie thought they left behind has come back to greet them. For the first time, constants in their lives are called into question: their roles as parents, their reputation as upstanding members of the community, and the very foundations of their marriage. As they wade through the upheaval in both their family and professional lives, they must each examine choices they made long ago and chart a new course for their future.
- Full-length Southern women's fiction
- Stand-alone novel
- Book length: 116,000 words
- Includes discussion questions for book clubs