Title: One True Loves
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publication Date: 2016
From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a People Magazine 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.
I am a sucker for a good romance novel, but never have I ever had a book hit me like this one did. I cried throughout the entire thing almost. This was my first time reading a book by Taylor Jenkins Reid and it most certainly will not be my last! The way it was written from the beginning draws you into Emma’s world like it is your own and has you feeling just as torn as she does. Emma falls in love with two men, at different times in her life, thinking that there would be no chance of them ever having to be in her life at the same time. That is until the unexpected happens and her dead husband – is found alive.
This is one of those stories that will pull you in both directions as you read and truly have you thinking about how you want the story to end (and you probably wont be extremely happy either way) and what you would do if you were ever in a situation like Emma. At one point while reading this – I looked over at Bobby and we legit had a conversation about what we would do in her shoes, and I couldn’t even think about that type of scenario. It’s such a bittersweet and heart-wrenching love story that really makes you think if someone can have more than one true love.
“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.”
“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.”
“When you love someone, it seeps out of everything you do, it bleeds into everything you say, it becomes so ever-present, that eventually it becomes ordinary to hear, no matter how extraordinary it is to feel.”
“I have changed over time. That’s what people do.
People aren’t stagnant. We evolve in reaction to our pleasures and our pains.”