Wednesday, June 22, 2016

My take on: One True Loves

A young couple with their entire future together ahead of them. Both with careers that have taken them around the world and back. They don't have a lot of money, but they have each other. But suddenly the life they've imagined -- a life filled with laughter, food, family, and love -- is ripped away. One of them falls into a pit of grief, loss, and depression.

Life might never be the same again. But soon a year passes and little by little life gets better -- back to a sense of normalcy. More time passes, and there's a renewed chance at happiness. A chance to find a true love, again. But...what happens when your first true love comes back into your life? Who do you choose to be with. How can anyone make that choice. That choice is at the heart of One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Emma Blair has to make a difficult decision. Her husband, Jesse, was presumed dead after a helicopter accident. But he survived, after spending years on a deserted island. And Jesse wants his life and his wife back. But Emma has moved on and is now engaged to Sam. No matter who Emma chooses to be with, someone will get hurt.

It would be easy to return to Jesse. Despite her engagement, Emma has always loved Jesse. She loved the memories they made together. But she buried that part of her life to be with Sam. In order to find love again, Emma had to change. She had to let Jesse go. Jesse loved the woman she used to be. Emma is a different person now. Emma's doing things she might never have done if her life with Jesse had not been interrupted. She moved back home to Massachusetts after years of running away. She's running the family bookstore, after swearing she never would. She's closer to her parents and sister, Marie, than she's ever been. Emma could still have her new life if she chooses Jesse. But what about Sam?

Sam has been in love with Emma ever since they were teenagers. He has had other relationships but they don't compare to Emma. Sam finally got his one true love. But Sam is also selfless. He's giving Emma the opportunity to discover who she truly wants to be with. She has the chance to find her one true love.

I'm not always a fan of love triangles, but this one worked for me. The book explores whether it's truly possible to be in love with more than one person. Emma can't have it both ways. But at the same time she doesn't want to hurt anyone.  I know who I wanted Emma to choose, but I'm not going to spill the beans! I'm also not going to say what happens at the end, you'll just have to read the book!

Rating: Superb

Note: I received an e-galley from the publisher (Atria Books) in exchange for an honest review.

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