First Comes Love: A novel by Emily Giffin. New York: Ballantine Books, 2016. 384 pages. ****
Josie and Meredith Garland each reacted differently to the tragic death of their brother. Fifteen years later, they are struggling to find themselves and navigate their relationship. Meredith married her brother's best friend and is questioning whether she is in love with him. Josie, still single and an elementary school teacher really wants to have a baby. Josie and Meredith have never discussed what happened the night their brother died and with the anniversary of his death looming, they must come to terms with the secrets they have kept since that fateful night.
Told in the alternating strong voices of Meredith and Josie, Giffin has written a story that anyone who has a sister can relate to and understand the dynamics between them. This is going to be one of those books that if you see someone reading it, you will start to discuss it with her. A great story to recommend and pass around to your friends this summer.
I received an Advance Reader Copy from BookSparks for a review.
Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full-time. The author of seven New York Times bestselling novels, she currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children.
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