What would life be like with the one who got away? From the acclaimed author of My Husbandâ€™s Sweethearts 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, who lost 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 with a surprising proposition, she suddenly starts questioning everything sheâ€™s ever expected from love. Elliot, it turns out, is in need of a pretend wife, just for the weekend, in order to fulfill his dying motherâ€™s last wish. But as Gwen finds herself drawn into Elliotâ€™s quirky, wonderful familyâ€”and uncovers a few secrets about her ownâ€”a pretend relationship just might turn out to be the most real thing sheâ€™s ever known.