I knew going into this book that Taylor Jenkins Reid was gonna have my heart pulled in two different directions, but I couldn’t have imagined just how engrossed I would be by the entire story! First chapters are meant to get your attention and make you want to keep reading, but TJR achieved this with just the first sentence! I knew I
wanted needed to know what would happen next!!
My True Loves is the story of Emma who has suffered a great loss and has since slowly began built herself back up. After having lost her husband in an accident, she has moved back home to Massachusetts. Fast forward a couple of years and Emma is now engaged to Sam. Just when things are finally starting to settle down for her, Jesse is found alive and he is ready to resume the life they were meant to have before his accident. Now, Emma finds herself stuck between a husband she loves but thought to be dead and a fiancee who has shown her how to love again after loss. Does it get any harder than that?!
Although Jesse and Sam were so different from each other, they were both great and they each had a way of bringing out the best in Emma. I had no clue how this story would end and what possible ending could accomplish a “happily ever after” for everyone, but TJR did an excellent job! Some people might be torn about whether they are #TeamJesse or #TeamSam, but I knew early on who I was rooting for and I was very happy with the outcome!
My favorite part of this entire story were these characters! I connected with every single one of them and each felt so real. Since Jesse and Emma were high-school sweethearts, we were able to get some chapters from the POV of teenage Emma! She was my absolute favorite!! From the way she would crush to her friendship with Olive – I loved it all. Emma grew immensely throughout the story and although she made some mistakes along the way, it only made me love her more. Those mistakes made her that much more realistic and I just could not get enough.
Nobody can question how amazing and unique TJR’s writing style is! I could’ve seriously highlighted half of the book because of quotes that I loved and/or could relate to. The way she describes emotions, good and bad ones, is just remarkable. She does it in a way that makes the reader feel what the character is feeling even if you’ve never been in the same situation yourself. She does that throughout the entire book, but there’s one chapter in specific that really had me fighting back tears! It was a chapter on grief and the process that someone goes through after losing a loved one. Whether you’ve experienced grief or not before going into this chapter, you will walk away with a feeling of having just experienced it after having read it. The feels are just insane!
Taylor’s writing is just magical and I fell in love with it since Maybe in Another Life. If you’ve read that one and loved it, than One True Loves is a must-have as well! Check out my review for it here!
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Washington Square Press
Pub Date: June 7th 2016
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Women’s Fiction
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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 fiancé, 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.