Monday, May 23, 2016

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press (June 7, 2016)

What They Say.....From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a PeopleMagazine pick and a "Best Book of the Summer" by Glamour and USA TODAY—comes a breathtaking new love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancĂ© who has finally brought her back to life.

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancĂ©, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

What I Say.....I've loved every Taylor Jenkins Reid book that's I've read.  Starting with Maybe In Another Life, I became a fan.  So when a copy of this came in my Summer Reading Challenge box, it was the first took I grabbed.  

I spent yesterday with my nose buried in it, while I vacuumed with one hand, propped up while I did dishes, and then floating in the pool - which was convenient because as I cried, I could just pretend it was pool water not tears.  And since I was doing a full on ugly cry, I was happy for the cover.

Emma has carved her life out to be exactly what she wanted, complete with her high school crush now turned husband.  But when he is missing, presumed dead, her entire life changes.

That is really the message of the whole book, that as life happens, we change.  And as you change, your ability to love changes.

The story is really about Emma and since we get to follow her from around age 14 to mid 30's, we really got to see her character development and her journey and it's written with a lot of authenticity.  It rings true.  I think that's what made me cry the most.

I don't want to give any spoilers because I want everyone to read this book so we can discuss it endlessly and you can tell me if you think she makes the right choice.  I'm still torn. 

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