Book Description: What would life be like with the one who got away? From the author of My Husbandâ€™s Sweetheartsâ€”hailed as â€śa laugh-and-cry novelâ€ť* thatâ€™s â€śwhip-smart, tenderâ€¦an undiluted joy to readâ€ť**â€”comes this bighearted, funny, fiercely perceptive tale about a happily married woman and the little white lie that changed everything.â€¦ For Gwen Merchant, love has always been doled out in little packetsâ€”from her father, a marine biologist who buried himself in work after her motherâ€™s death; and from her husband, Peter, whoâ€™s always been respectable and safe. But when an old college boyfriend, the irrepressible Elliot Hull, invites himself back into Gwenâ€™s life, she starts to remember a time when love was an ocean. What does Elliot want? In fact, he has a rather surprising proposition: he wants Gwen to become his wife. His pretend wife. Just for a few days. To accompany him to his familyâ€™s lake house for the weekend so that he can fulfill his dying motherâ€™s last wish. Reluctantly Gwen agrees to play alongâ€”with her husband Peterâ€™s full support. Itâ€™s just one weekendâ€”what harm could come of it?But as Gwen is drawn into Elliotâ€™s quirky, wonderful familyâ€”his astonishingly wise and open mother, his warm and welcoming sister, and his adorable, precocious nieceâ€”she starts questioning everything sheâ€™s ever expected from love. And as she begins to uncover a few secrets about her own family, it suddenly looks like a pretend relationship just might turn out to be the most real thing sheâ€™s ever known.