One True Loves
One True Loves: a novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid. New York: Washington Square Press, 2016. 331 pages. *****
"I am finishing up dinner with my family and my fiance when my husband calls." Emma's husband Jesse, her high school sweetheart, disappears in a helicopter crash over the Pacific and has been declared dead. Fast forward to years later when Emma has moved on with her life and is now engaged to be married when Jesse calls. While married to Jesse, Emma was a world traveler and adventure seeker. Now she has moved back to her hometown in an effort to continue her life without Jesse and is running her parent's bookstore. Emma has a fiance and a husband and has to choose which one she will be married to for the rest of her life. Is it possible to have two true loves? Will Emma get to decide or will Jesse or Sam decide for her?
Reid has a way of drawing me in and holding me captive. Her comfortable writing style belies the complexity of the main conflict in her stories prompting the reader to question, what would I do? The solution seems impossible and gut wrenching for Emma and the families involved, but a decision has to be made. While the plot is certainly not a new one, Reid gives it a fresh perspective and just the right amount of suspense to keep me guessing which one Emma will choose. If you start this novel on the beach, lather up with sunscreen because you won't want to leave until you reach the end and discover her choice. If you haven't read Taylor Jenkins Reid before, you will want to read all of her books. I reviewed Maybe In Another Life last summer and highly recommend it.
I received an Advanced Uncorrected Proof from BookSparks for a review.
Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author, essayist, and TV writer from Acton, Massachusetts. Her debut novel, Forever, Interrupted, has been optioned with Dakota Johnson attached to star. She is adapting her second book, After I Do, for Freeform, formerly known as ABC Family. Her most recent novel, Maybe In Another Life, has been featured in People, US Weekly, Cosmo, and more. One True Loves is available now. In addition to her novels, Taylor's essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, xoJane, and a number of other blogs.
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and their dog, Rabbit.
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