Publication Date: June 7th 2016
Source: Simon&Schuster Canada
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: 5/5 Stars
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.
Taylor Jenkins Reid knows how to tug on my heart and make me hurt yet simultaneously feel overwhelming love. One True Loves shows once again how incredible TJR’s writing is and how much she is constantly evolving and growing as an author. It was beautiful and confusing and frustrating and lovely and original. And I want to hold it close to my heart forever.
It took me a few chapters to be fully invested in One True Loves, as Reid’s writing can be formal at times. However, she introduces the characters with a thoroughness that allows the reader to become quickly attached. Emma is a character that immediately grabs your attention. She is incredibly realistic, and I couldn’t help but relate to her. As a young woman who has been in a relationship for years, the connection that is built between two people who are going through very formative years together is a strong one. To see her struggling in a way that any sane person would is refreshing in a world of romance that jumps from relationship to relationship without a second thought.
One of the biggest aspects to Reid’s books that I tout to prospective readers is how easy her books are to absolutely devour, yet they remain intensely deep novels that constantly promote an introspective thought process that has the reader actively questioning a lot about their own life. And not necessarily in a bad way, just a cause to think and reflect and I really love that each novel Reid writes delves deeper into the smallest details of a person’s life.
Another incredible story to add to your collection, as Taylor’s books should be collected and cherished. And look at that cover! Easily my favourite of hers now.
Have you read any of Taylor’s books? Which ones have you read and which is your favourite?