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 fiancé 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 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.
One True Loves was my first Taylor Jenkins Reid book and I’m glad I started with it. While I don’t doubt her other books are fabulous, this one was right up my alley and completely blew me away. I had some high expectations (some blogger friends of mine rave about her books) but not only did she meet them, she surpassed them.
- The story: I was hooked on One True Loves from the moment I read the synopsis. A woman’s husband goes missing for years, she falls in love and gets engaged to someone else, her husband returns from the dead throwing a wrench in her life. I wasn’t sure where things were going to go after he returned and I worried things would become a little stagnant but that was so not the case. While there wasn’t much action, Emma’s dilemma was so interesting and so complicated that I couldn’t stop reading.
- The romance: It’s hard to say which romance in Emma’s life was more appealing to me. Both men were great for Emma but in very different ways. Emma and Jesse fell in love as teenagers and explored the world together. They had a wonderful relationship that had it’s flaws but overall was very successful. Emma and Sam met when they were teenagers but didn’t develop a romantic relationship until after Jesse was gone. Sam was a total sweetheart and, I must admit, definitely my type of guy. Emma and Sam had a much more mature relationship with a more settled down lifestyle. Sam and Jesse were very different guys but they both worked for Emma in different ways.
- The storytelling style: I’m not sure how I really expected Taylor Jenkins Reid to tell Emma’s story but I was surprised by how she did it. One True Loves starts with Emma and Sam at dinner with her family and Emma gets the call about Jesse being alive. Then it goes back to high school when Jesse and Emma first met and how they fell in love. After that it jumps ahead to Emma losing Jesse and eventually finding love with Sam. Finally, it goes back to the present and shows what happens when Jesse comes home and how Emma decides what she’s going to do now that she has both a husband and a fiance. I was worried with all the jumping around but it worked and I managed to keep up with Emma’s story no matter what was happening.
- The writing: I was extremely moved, not just by Emma’s story, but by Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing. I admit that I don’t typically read chick lit and when I do, I’m not really in it for wonderful writing. However, that is what I got from One True Loves. While her writing is not wordy or heavy, Taylor Jenkins Reid still manages to convey a powerful message throughout the book. One True Loves is a book I could easily flip through and find tons of quotes that really make you think. Sure it’s a book that will ultimately leave you with a smile on your face but that’s not all it has to offer.
Overall, One True Loves has been added to my favorites shelf and I’m now going to hunt down the rest of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books. Fans of the chick lit genre will fall in love with this one.