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All the Difference

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  370 ratings  ·  71 reviews
New Year’s Eve. A time for resolutions. A chance to make a change. And for thirty-year-old Molly Sullivan, a night that will transform her life forever…

All it takes is one word—yes or no—to decide Molly’s future. As the clock counts down to midnight and the ball slowly begins to drop, Molly’s picture-perfect boyfriend gets down on one knee and asks her to marry him. She kn
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Published September 1st 2015 by Berkley
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Barbara White
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ALL THE DIFFERENCE is an enchanting, beautifully crafted debut about the road not taken. You will find yourself turning pages compulsively until you learn which path pregnant P.R. executive Molly Sullivan takes. Does she say yes or no after her seemingly perfect boyfriend presents her with a huge diamond ring? I loved the premise of this novel.
Oct 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
i felt this book was very boring. i kept waiting for something interesting to happen. it was very predictable. I did not like the way this book was written, from different prespectives... I wouldn't recommed this book to anyone ...more
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Laurie Carlson
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: If you love creativity in writing, you'll LOVE this one!
Recommended to Laurie by: The publisher sent a copy of this to me along with ads from other people stating how much they loved this!
Wow. What a book! It really gets you thinking!
It’s New Year’s Eve and thirty-year old Molly is getting ready to go out with her boyfriend, Scott. She literally “just” found out she’s pregnant that morning, she hasn’t told a soul yet, so no one knows except her toilet bowl at home and the one at work, and yet Scott proposes to her right after midnight. Wow!
We don’t hear an answer except for every other chapter and the way it is written. Every other chapter is written as if Molly answered with a
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Right from the very beginning Molly showed that she could stand on her own two feet. This is what I liked the most about her. She did not feel sorry for herself and could back up her words. Although my only down fault with Molly is her choice when it came to Scott. I am not going to say anything else about it as I don't want to give anything away. Yet, I felt that Molly handled the situation regarding her relationship like a grown up. The only moment that Molly freaked out when it came to the ne ...more
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was an extremely easy read though I found it difficult to want to read because I found all the characters just so thoroughly unlikeable. The protagonist was really horrible. She was self-righteous, whiney and just rude. I feel like the author wanted the reader to hate the (sometimes) fiancé, but all I could do was pity the character. He wasn't a horrible person, insecure and entitled, yes, but not a horrible person, despite how often we were assured by the other characters that he was ...more
Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it
This book follows a professional woman who finds herself unexpectedly in the family way on New Years Eve. The father, an on again, off again lover proposes on that evening before he knows about the baby. The premise is what that one little "yes" or "no" answer does to change the course of your life. The book alternates chapters between "if she said yes" and "if she said no". It was an interesting format that gave you two entirely different stories. Should she have said "yes" even though she was ...more
Barbara Davis
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In All the Difference, Leah Ferguson’s thoughtful and heartfelt debut, I found myself drawn into the parallel lives of a heroine struggling to navigate the thorny ground between following her heart and living up to the expectations of others. With a refreshingly down-to-earth style, Ferguson offers us a front row seat to an emotional tug of war as Molly Sullivan wrestles with clinging to the less than perfect life she knows, and trading that life for one that will require sacrifice, change, and ...more
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked from the start. It was easy to be drawn into Molly's world as her life took two different paths after Scott asked her to marry him. Always secretly hoping for one outcome, I soon realised it wasn't as clear-cut as all that. I felt like I was on the journey with her, and loved how the author portrayed the trials and tribulations of being pregnant while juggling work and everything life threw at Molly. I almost felt I was reliving childbirth in one chapter - that's how well this book ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Leah Ferguson's debut novel is a page turner. I was eager to find out Molly's choice and what path she took with her life. This is a great book for women's fiction fans. ...more
Oct 10, 2015 rated it liked it
So proud of my friend's debut novel! I don't typically read women's fiction as it is not my favorite genre. But a pleasurable and thoughtful read as I dabble into this genre. ...more
M. G. A.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Audio. No redeeming characters
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The story opens with Molly discovering that she’s accidentally pregnant, and then at the New Year’s Eve party that night her boyfriend proposes to her. The rest of the book then alternates between the two scenarios depending on whether she says yes or no. I found myself equally invested in both stories and quickly turning the pages to see what she would do.

I loved how real all the characters and their storylines felt, including Molly’s best friend and her own issues with her
Julie Mulligan
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read ALL THE DIFFERENCE over the course of a few days, but the story stayed with me long after I finished. She captured the feelings of impending motherhood with amazing clarity along with the struggle women face in trying to balance career and being a parent. The story structure was very engaging and hooked me right away. Who hasn’t had a moment where they wonder what would have happened if they had made a different decision? This book provides a unique perspective on that premise. Definitely ...more
Sarah Canfield
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book about 5 times before I was able to get into it far enough to keep going. Once into it, I loved the story. I love stories that go down two different paths to show the road not taken and this one did a nice job of showing the character development that can happen - even over a one year period.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved the format of the book- alternating chapters between 2 different lives based on 1 big decision! Was entertaining to see how her two paths converged and differed and by the end of the book you'll find yourself having decided which is the path she should take! I was rooting for Molly throughout the whole book-such a likeable and relatable character! Hoping for a sequel! ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book Challenge Category: A Debut Novel

This is a delightful read-- perfect beach reading. I love the format of the book- going back and forth between two realities. Nothing deep or life-changing here, but an enjoyable way to spend time with a book.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It was a little confusing at times with the bouncing between 2 storylines (saying “yes” or saying “no”), but I enjoyed the characters! I especially loved Molly’s friend, Jenny. I loved how the author portrayed that friend relationship between the 2 women. Having been in that situation myself with a friend, I know it can be awkward & difficult on so many levels. I also loved that it was set in Philly, as I live just down the road from there & am very familiar with the ar ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great quick read. I love the alternating “yes” and “no” chapters that show both sides to the story!
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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Molly recently found out she was unexpectedly pregnant, very soon after her boyfriend proposes to her. This is before she has even told him about the baby. She has a decision to make. Does she want to marry him? After that the chapters rotate between what happens if she says yes and what happens if she says no.

If she says no, she is going to be a single mom. And it's hard, she has to figure out how she is going to work and make money to pay the bills while worrying about daycare and who is goin
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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All The Difference
By Leah Ferguson
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New Year’s Eve. A time for resolutions. A chance to make a change. And for thirty-year-old Molly Sullivan, a night that will transform her life forever…

All it takes is one word—yes or no—to decide Molly’s future. As the clock counts down to midnight and the ball slowly begins to drop, Molly’s picture-perfect
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Cute story about what your choices can mean for your life’s outcome
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Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.
--"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost

Molly Sullivan has a choice to make. Her on-again-off-again boyfriend purposes to her on New Year's Eve. Which seems pretty romantic, except Molly isn't sure he's right for her. However, there's a wrench in this situation: Molly is pregnant. So she has a choice to make. Say yes, and try to
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2015
"All the Difference" follows two different storylines as Molly has a choice to either say yes when her boyfriend proposes on New Year's Eve. Alternating chapters of the book follow what happens when she says yes and what happens when she says no. This book is a lot like "Sliding Doors," a romantic comedy movie that I really like. That sort of dichotomy between different decisions makes for a great storyline in this book. Who doesn't wonder about how their life would end up differently if they ma ...more
Lori Twichell
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it
As a completely character driven story, I’ll admit that there were moments I wasn’t a fan of Molly. That sort of makes it tough on the plot and the storyline, but it wasn’t enough to make me stop reading. I love questions, answers, and possibilities. That’s one of the reasons I requested this book when the offer came across my desk. Sliding Doors? That’s a favorite movie. Doctor Who? All about bending time and seeing possibilities. It’s too good. This book did something different with that thoug ...more
Katrina Marie
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I'm not going to lie, when I started this book, I wasn't sure if I was going to finish it, but I'm so happy I did.  We all wonder what would happen if we took a different path, and this book shows Molly's possibility down two roads.

I admire Molly for dealing with all the crap she has to deal with in general. She's a strong character, and is bound and determined to do things on her own.  She has to decide if she is going to say yes
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
All the Difference by Leah Ferguson tells the story about Molly and her boyfriend Scott. Molly finds out right before New Year’s Eve that she is pregnant. Excited and nervous she is contemplating the way she will tell Scott. As the evening arrives and they are at a party with friends, Scott decides it will be the perfect time to pop the question. Not always having the best relationship Molly is caught off guard. She is faced with the decision to say YES and choose to complete her growing family ...more
Charlotte Lynn
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
All the Difference takes the reader on a journey of two options of how Molly’s life could turn out if she accepts or refuses Scott’s proposal of marriage. I found it interesting how different Molly’s life could be with just a choice of the word yes or the word no to a question asked by her boyfriend. While the outcomes are so very different, Molly’s feelings are consistent no matter which option she chooses. Both options open her eyes to the true Scott and how her life will be with or without hi ...more
Michelle 🌹🕊
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, 2015
Molly didn't think she would end up pregnant by accident. She wanted to enjoy her career first, as it was finally going extremely well. Marriage was going to happen eventually... when she could figure out if her boyfriend Scott was "The One". On New Year's Eve, Scott proposes to Molly and she's finally forced to decide. Will she be happy either way?

I really loved that this book had two different point of views. One was if Molly said "Yes" to Scott, and one if she said "No". I haven't read many b
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Leah Ferguson holds a B.A. from West Chester University, where she studied English Literature and Russian, and an M.A. in teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University. A former editor and teacher, Leah now writes from home while raising a herd of young people. An unabashed fan of Notre Dame football, Talking Heads, contemporary fiction and sometimes running, she lives in Pennsylvania with her h ...more

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