By Taylor Jenkins Reid
5 out of 5 stars
“I am finishing up dinner with my family and my fiance when my husband calls.”
Oprah once said that she opens a book and if the first line grabs her, she gets it. Well, this one definitely grabbed me! A friend of mine said he read it over a few times. It’s one of those lines.
Emma Blair marries Jesse Lerner, the boy she crushed on the first time she saw him at a swim meet. All she wanted was to travel the world, or so she thought, get away from her family’s bookstore and her little town. So they do. She writes about travel and he films exotic places. They marry at his family’s cabin in Maine, live in California, and the day before their first anniversary, he leaves to film from a helicopter but says he will call on their day. Tragedy strikes. His helicopter crashes and he is presumed dead. Emma’s life is turned upside down. She moves back home. She does something she would never do before, starts reading, and works in the bookstore. She eventually takes it over and is reunited with Sam, the other boy from high school that she was always friends with. Sam has always loved her and they build a life together, plan on getting married. Then that first line. After three years, Jesse is found alive! Will she go back to her husband or stay with Sam? Is your first true love, your only true love?
First of all, if you haven’t read Taylor Jenkins Reid, why not?! I am never, ever disappointed by anything she writes. I was reeled in by the first page. It makes you wonder what you would do in that situation. Emma’s relationship with Sam is so sweet, so comfortable, so happy. Emma’s relationship with Jesse is exciting, happy, something she has always known. Taylor Jenkins Reid weaves you in and out of Emma’s thoughts and emotions so expertly. It’s one of those books that you have to stop yourself from turning to those last pages to see who it ends up being. (That was so hard!) Love is love is love is love is love as my new crush Lin Manuel Miranda so beautifully said. Is first love the only love just because it came first? Read this book. Feel all the feels.
I happily received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.