First Comes Love

By Emily Giffin

4 out of 5 stars

Josie and Meredith are sisters with entirely different lives. They have always seemed to have that love/hate relationship and after the death of their brother fifteen years ago, that chasm seems to have grown. Meredith is married to her brother’s best friend and has a 4-year-old daughter. She seems to be the model wife/mother/daughter. She’s a lawyer, runs her home efficiently but something is missing for her. She thinks maybe she shouldn’t have married her husband, maybe she didn’t love him enough. Maybe it was just his connection to her brother that brought them together.

Josie is a teacher living with her best friend Gabe. She’s had relationships but they don’t last. When her ex Will’s daughter becomes a student in her class, she kind of obsesses about him. She has never told anyone why they broke up suddenly. (Which we do learn later)  She decides she is going to stop dating and have a baby through a sperm bank.

All this is happening around the time of the 15th anniversary of their brother’s death. And there is one BIG secret that Josie and her brother-in-law know but have never spoken. It is something that could change everything.

I always enjoy Emily Giffin’s books. There is that give and take between relationships that always has you entangled in the characters’ lives. There were times the way Josie and Meredith reacted with each other that made me sad. I know not all sister relationships are as good as mine but sometimes it was a bit much. Meredith could be a grade A b****. Not that Josie didn’t have her own faults but my feelings towards Meredith were changed by the end of the book. I was also so very glad that Josie and Gabe’s relationship didn’t end up in the usual cliche. It was perfect. And I love the title. It makes you think “oh here comes another love story” and it is but not in the typical way. It’s a love story about loving yourselves, your lives and your family.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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