One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I came across One True Loves when a friend shared this summer reading list with my book club.  As I always do when I see these lists, I opened up Goodreads, added many of them to my to-read list, and then put them all on hold at my public library.  This one came in right as I finished When We Meet Again and was just as good!

Summary from Goodreads:

From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a People Magazine pick and a “Best Book of the Summer” by Glamour andUSA 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.

Is it possible to find true love more than once in your life? Is it possible to move on after the death of a spouse?  Do we change as we grow older and if we do, is that okay? Those were just a few of the questions I pondered as I read this beautiful written novel.  Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing will make you stop and think – what would you do if you were in this situation?  Who would you choose – Your first love or the man that picked up your broken pieces and put you back together again?

I loved the concept of this story, yet my only frustration was with Jesse’s back story.  The author does not go into too much detail about what happened to him while stranded on a island for three years.  In the end, I couldn’t put this book down. I loved the ending and I have now found a new author to add to my must reads!

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