Imagine if you fell in love with a great guy, and you have a truly good life with him, but then after one year of marriage he dies. You’re stricken by grief, but you go back home, and bit by bit put yourself back together. Eventually you open up to the idea that you can love again. You become engaged to a second great guy. Then the first guy phones. He’s miraculously alive, having endured some terrible things, and naturally, he wants to pick up where you left off. They’re both honourable.
This is the quandary facing Emma, who’s now running the family bookshop in Massachusetts.
Reid goes to a lot of trouble establishing that both men, and both relationships, are excellent. Never has the word “love” been so abundantly used. This is a well written book, and Emma’s quandary is intriguing. We do really care about how it will resolve, and the resolution is realistic. I just had a bit of trouble believing in the somewhat cloying wonderfulness of both relationships, though Reid does differentiate between them. It’s probably a book that will appeal to a younger, less jaded person than I am. On the other hand, there are marvellous touches. The nieces who become deaf, the good, tolerant parents, the mentions of travel, the feel for landscape etc. I enjoyed The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo much more. It’s a grittier book.
This is the second book by Taylor Jenkins Reid that I have read, and both within a week. I couldn't put this down. I started reading at 11pm last night when I couldn't sleep and didn't stop until it was finished at 3.30am. I love her style and characters and relationships she builds. This is exactly the kind of book I like to read in my leisure time. I'm off to download forever interrupted now!
Emma has always loved Jesse. The two of them have been together since they were teens. An instant connection was formed when they were busted for underage drinking, which lead to them discovering shared desires to escape their home town, their parents expectations of them and travel the world. They aren't married long when Jesse goes missing and is presumed dead. Eventually Emma puts herself back together, and when she's almost ready.. there's Sam.
“Good things don’t wait until you’re ready. Sometimes they come right before, when you’re almost there. And I figured when that happens, you can let them pass by like a bus not meant for you. Or you can get ready. So I got ready.”
This is my second read by this author, and I'm beginning to notice a theme. One that I'm completely okay with, mind you. One True Loves is another book that evoked those breath stealing emotions. The emotional response to this authors writing is something I've only rarely felt before. Not only does she make you feel everything, you're left thinking about her words for days to come. I think that's what I love most about her writing. Taylor Jenkins Reid isn't just telling a story. She creates a world that you can easily lose yourself in with flawed, heartwarming, real, unique characters and storylines you'll want to revisit again someday.
“True love doesn’t always last,” I say. “It doesn’t always have to be for a lifetime”
Emma was a beautiful example of this. She loved and she did it with everything she had. And yet you couldn't fault her for loving two men. For being so confused and pulled in two different directions. She was a woman with a husband who she thought was dead and also a new fiancé. I couldn't help but sympathise and join her in her joy and heartache. This is a trope that has been done before, but not like this. It was almost unbearable to tear myself away from this book at times. I loved every heart wrenching minute spent reading it. This author has officially made a fan girl out of me.
“I had predicated my life on the idea that I wanted to see everywhere extraordinary, but I’d come to realize that extraordinary is everywhere.”