One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Title: One True Loves
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis: 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.

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This book, you guys. This book. I already knew that I loved Taylor Jenkins Reid, but didn’t realize how much I loved her until I read One True Loves. It’s well written, incredibly paced, and exceedingly emotional. Taylor Jenkins Reid has once again knocked it out of the park.

Emma and Jesse are high school sweethearts. They’re young, adventurous, and get along so well because they want to explore the world. They build each other up and give each other the push they need to follow their dreams. They seem so perfect for each other. And it’s a travesty when he disappears.

Emma’s descent into depression and then her excavation from the deepest, darkest parts of herself is stunning. That kind of loss is visceral, and Reid does a good job of showing that slow resurrection and the care it takes to decide to move on.

So by the time she finds Sam again, we’re ready for that new relationship, just like she is. Emma and Sam give us a story of self-forgiveness and rediscovery. A second chance at “what if we’d dated.” And they’re beautiful.

Both Jesse and Sam are Emma’s True Loves. Which is what makes this book so heart-wrenchingly real. How do you choose the love of your life, if there’s more than one in it?

Taylor Jenkins Reid has given us a wonderful gift: the knowledge that there’s more than one real love out there. That, above all else, is what I will cherish the most from One True Loves. And she deserves all of the hugs for that.

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