ABOUT ONE TRUE LOVES:
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 finishing up dinner with my family and my fiancé when my husband calls.
You have just read the first sentence in One True Loves. A sentence that is so important because a) it clearly sets the tone for this book and the whirlwind that is to come, and b) the sentence automatically draws you in and guarantees that you will not be able to, and will not want to, put this book down.
Before starting One True Loves, I thought to myself, “Oh no, I’m not going to be able to handle this, I hate love triangles, she better end up with the one that I like, oh my gosh, etc.” However, once I started this book I had to throw away that long-panic-y thought out the window. To me, this book was not about love triangles or finding the perfect romance or anything else you might expect. One True Loves is a story about a woman learning that true love isn’t what she always thought it meant and that just like people, love is not stagnant. I might be wrong, but I feel like I learned those things and more right alongside Emma.
“You don’t tie yourself to something unless
you’re scared you might float away.”
This book was chockfull of important realizations for me. Before reading this book I may or may not have firmly believed in the notion that everyone has that one true love in their life. But what this book taught me is that ones life is constantly changing and their wants and needs are constantly changing.
Emma was a character that I related to, but I feel like (personality-wise) I see more of myself in her younger-wanting-to-explore the-world self. So it was interesting for me to see how much her life changed from before Jesse to after Jesse. Emma’s story, this story, also broke my heart (probably more than once). I started rereading it last night and I am struggling because I know all the heart break and tears that await me, but I also know that the lessons I learned while reading this book and the emotions I felt are worth the heartbreak.
So in case you didn’t catch the hints, I’ll just go out and say it — One True Loves is a must, must, must read. The writing is superb. The plot is beyond magnificent. The romance is beautiful and heartbreaking all at once, and the lessons you’ll learn will stay with you for a while if not forever.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She is the author of Forever, Interrupted, After I Do and Maybe In Another Life. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.
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