Other Sellers on Amazon
Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Learn more
Read instantly on your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.
Using your mobile phone camera - scan the code below and download the Kindle app.
Enter your mobile phone or email address
By pressing "Send link," you agree to Amazon's Conditions of Use.
You consent to receive an automated text message from or on behalf of Amazon about the Kindle App at your mobile number above. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Message & data rates may apply.
One True Loves: A Novel Paperback – June 7, 2016
|New from||Used from|
Enhance your purchase
Named a Best Book of Summer by Cosmopolitan * InStyle * Redbook * Us Weekly *PopSugar * Buzzfeed * Bustle * Brit+Co * Parade
“No one does life and love better.” –InStyle
“Earth-shaking…you will flip for this epic love story.” –Cosmopolitan
“Reid's heartwrenching tale asks if it's possible to have multiple soul mates.” —Us Weekly
From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a People Magazine pick—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.
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.
Frequently bought together
“Earth-shaking romance…you will flip for this epic love story.” ― Cosmopolitan
"A breathtaking love story." ― InStyle
“Taylor Jenkins Reid is seriously a genius when it comes to stories about life and love, and this book promises to be another awesome addition to her collection.” ― Redbook
“The mastermind behind the incredible summer read.” ― Bustle
"So compelling...Reid is so talented at creating characters you believe in." ― Associated Press
"If you feel emotionally connected to Adele’s music, read One True Loves.” ― The Reading Room
"Reid does such a good job of leading us through Emma’s emotional journey – I was as ambivalent as she was for a while, and then really invested in the ending. There’s some pretty deep truths in this, too.” ― BookRiot
"[Reid] is so skilled at creating complex, likeable characters that you’ll find yourself struggling to root for one man over the other." ― Real Simple
“…Taylor Jenkins Reid is the reigning queen of summer reads.” ― SheKnows
"If you read this title and thought to yourself, 'Hey wait, isn't that a typo?', Reid's heartwarming tale of a choice between two loves might just convince you otherwise." ― Brit+Co
“The writing is evocative. and the first person narrative rings true…Sign me up for the next Taylor Jenkins Reid book, please!” ― Examiner.com
“Reid has penned a gut-wrenching yet upbeat story about love and life…A sure bet for fans of romantic women’s fiction.” ― Booklist
"Dripping with drama and tension, we’re beyond obsessed with this delicious read.” ― Sunset Magazine
“I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see who Emma would give her heart to.” ― First for Women
Praise for Maybe in Another Life:
"Readers looking for a romance with a twist won't be disappointed" ― Library Journal
Praise for After I Do:
“Written in a breezy, humorous style familiar to fans of Jane Green and Elin Hilderbrand, After I Do focuses on Lauren’s journey of self-discovery. The intriguing premise and well-drawn characters contribute to an emotionally uplifting and inspiring story.” ― Booklist
"Taylor Jenkins Reid offers an entirely fresh and new perspective on what can happen after the "happily ever after." With characters who feel like friends and a narrative that hooked me from the first page, After I Do takes an elegant and incisively emotional look at the endings and beginnings of love. Put this book at the top of your must read list!" -- Jen Lancaster ― New York Times bestselling author
“Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers a seductive twist on the timeless tale of a couple trying to rediscover love in a marriage brought low by the challenges of domestic togetherness. I fell in love with Ryan and Lauren from their passionate beginning, and I couldn’t stop reading as they followed their unlikely road to redemption. Touching, perceptive, funny, and achingly honest, After I Do will keep you hooked to the end, rooting for husbands and wives and the strength of true love.” -- Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author
"As uplifting as it is brutally honest—a must-read." ― Kirkus
"Moving, gorgeous and, at times, heart-wrenching. Taylor Jenkins Reid writes with wit and true emotion that you can feel. Read it, savor it, share it." -- Sarah Jio ― New York Times bestselling author of The Violets of March
"Taylor Jenkins Reid writes with ruthless honesty, displaying an innate understanding of human emotion and creating characters and relationships so real I’m finding it impossible to let them go. After I Do is a raw, unflinching exploration of the realities of marriage, the delicate nature of love, and the enduring strength of family. Simultaneously funny and sad, heartbreaking and hopeful, Reid has crafted a story of love lost and found that is as timely as it is timeless." -- Katja Millay ― author of The Sea of Tranquility
Praise for Forever, Interrupted:
"Touching and powerful...Reid masterfully grabs hold of the heartstrings and doesn't let go. A stunning first novel." ― Publishers Weekly
"You'll laugh, weep and fly through each crazy-readable page." ― Redbook
“A moving novel about life and death.” ― Kirkus
About the Author
- Publisher : Washington Square Press (June 7, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1476776903
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476776903
- Item Weight : 9.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.9 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
Reviews with images
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
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.
Top reviews from other countries
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.