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In her 20s 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. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest.
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 30s, 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.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 5 minutes|
|Author||Taylor Jenkins Reid|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 10, 2016|
|Publisher||Dreamscape Media, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #629 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#7 in Romantic Comedy (Audible Books & Originals)
#22 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#42 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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WRONG! As hopeful as I was going into this, I knew from the very first few pages that this author's writing wasn't for me. Previous to this book, I've never read anything by Reid so I did not know her style. From this little venture of mine, I do have to say this will be the last book I read from her. Here's the thing, I know it's a cliche to say...but I hate it when a book is full of exposition and I feel like the whole plot is being told to me rather than shown. That is how I felt for the first 100 pages or so. The first 100 pages is about our main character Emma's high school years, how she met her husband Jesse and how they fell in love, got married and his later disappearance. The character Emma was written in some a childish way and I get that she was supposed to be high school age and I thought the author might have done this on purpose. But I've read some debut YA contemporaries that's written better than this. There's no emotion or character development for Emma or Jesse. I did not know anything about Jesse to understand why she was so heads over heels over him. OK, he was hot, a swimmer and he wanted to not swim but his parents wanted him to go to the Olympics. WOW...so much depth! And Emma supposedly had this weird complex where she was the typical second child in her family to an older sister that had everything, including their parents' attention which complicated the sister relationship. This could have been such a good exploration of siblings within a family but it was just being told to me how perfect her sister is and the whole time we didn't see anything between them that would have made me believe what she was telling me. Marie, the sister, was merely a passing character in the book as if Emma was telling me about her while we're having coffee! That's how this whole first part of a book felt like to me. Like I was having coffee with someone and that someone was telling me about these people she knew.
Once we get into more of the present day events, when Emma meets Sam, also a guy from high school who used to be friends with her and her family, I thought the writing would change a bit. And when Jesse was found to be alive and comes back into Emma's life, I thought the emotions and writing style would pick up but I was yet wrong again! I don't know how such a great premise could be written so blandly! I felt nothing for these characters. When Emma was distraught between the two men she loved, trying to make THE decision of a life time, I felt nothing. In fact, I was quite annoyed with her. I get that if I were put into a situation like this, I would also be confused. But Emma was way too wishy washy. She kept going back and forth between the two men without a good enough justification for any of it. And this is probably due to the lack of character development that wasn't set up from the very beginning. There hasn't been a connection set up for any of the relationships that would explain a wishy washy behaviour during a time of confusion like this. And that was what was so lackluster for me.
I won't spoil the ending but I do think the author made Emma do the "right" thing. But the path to getting there was so frustrating and happened way too quickly. It was like a light bulb moment went in Emma's head and she decided the right thing to do so quickly, it made the rest of the book moot! I really wanted another author to write this and now because the premise has already been explored, it will never happen. The whole time I thought it would have been such a better story if someone like Colleen Hoover or Tammara Webber wrote this, but oh well!
This makes me think of the quote, “if you read what everyone else is reading, you’ll think what everyone else is thinking.”
Alas, I have found a book that makes me disagree with this quote. If a book makes you think, it doesn’t matter what others people’s thoughts on it were. The only thing that matters are the thoughts you take away.
And, did I take away some thoughts.
I was conflicted, sad, angry, happy. Literally all over the spectrum. But what I felt is irrelevant because feelings are fleeting. What I thought, becomes the thing that sticks to me for years as I reflect on this book.
How can a person love two people? Who deserves your loyalty? Who is the right person to hurt for your own selfish desires? Do our decisions matter or will things eventually work out in their own way?
The answer is simple- love matters. Love isn’t just a feeling, it’s a thought. It stays, long after the recipient is gone. It changes us forever. That’s why we can trust love- true love.
One True Loves is a beautifully written novel that will certainly be on my list to revisit again someday. I blew through this book in one afternoon and fell in love along the way. I like that it made me question things, because there is never a black and white choice for all of the crossroads we come to in life. This is why we can never truly judge people for the choices they make without understanding the reasons behind their decisions. In this story, I found myself rooting for the outcome directly opposite to what I value and would consider “moral” for myself in real-life.
“Falling out of love with someone you still like feels exactly like lying in a warm bed and hearing the alarm clock.
No matter how good you feel right now, you know it’s time to go.”
Taylor Jenkins Reid is a persuasive writer and gifted storyteller. I cannot wait to read more of her work in the future! If you’re looking for a book with all the feels, this is definitely it! 5 stars and then some!
The characters make you care about them and their choices and you can't help but root for your favorites and find joy in their triumphs as well as the closeness of their family. I love that Marie only lives a few houses from her parents and they share so much of their lives. I shed a few tears while reading this, which is always a good sign that the author really tugged at my emotions. Well done.
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I was straight into the story, it felt as if my best friend and me had sat down for a cuppa and a heart to heart.
I was gripped and couldn’t put the book down. I raced through it, it has so many poignant moments and parts where I re-read the paragraph just to make the words sink in so that I wouldn’t forget them.
I not only highly recommend this book, I implore you to add it to you wish list and make sure you read it at least once in your life. A very strong 5⭐️ rating from me.
I loved the concept of the book: three years after his disappearance and suspected death, a woman finds out her husband is alive, and is coming home.
I definitely felt Emma's heartbreak in this book, along with her grief and then shock and finally acceptance that her husband had returned, but that her life had altered in ways which made their reunion bittersweet. I had no idea how this would pan out but enjoyed the journey through Emma's thoughts and her decision about what she really wanted from life. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book.