Monday, November 28, 2022

One True Loves

One True Loves
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Published: June 7, 2016
Pages: 331

My Rating: ★★★
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. From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a People Magazine pick and a "Best Book of the Summer" by Glamour and USA 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.

A girl has a second chance at love after losing her husband.

I love Taylor Jenkins Reid and will read anything that she writes. So, I have been trying to get through all of her novels. One True Loves follows a girl who loses her husband in an airplane crash and her second chance at love. However, it does not quite go how you would expect the story to go. Her husband who she thought was dead returns after being missing for years only to find her engaged to someone new. 

The story was predictable, to say the least, and was my least favorite Reid novel that I have read so far. However, that does not mean that I didn't necessarily like it but I didn't love it. I just wish the ending could have been less predictable. I still absolutely adore Reid's writing style though. If I would have cared more for the characters and plot this would have gotten a better rating from me because Reid's writing style is just that good. However, these characters fell flat for me. 

The way Reid displays grief is nothing short of beautiful. If the plot went in a different direction than it did I would have loved this book. The first half was stunningly beautiful. The second half dragged on and did not go the way I would have wanted it to. The main character is faced with an incredibly hard decision but at times I didn't feel sorry for her. Overall, three stars from me.

Taylor Jenkins Reid is the New York Times bestselling author of Carrie Soto Is Back, Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, as well as four other novels. She lives in Los Angeles. 

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