Book Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 5/5

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction

Warnings: Death of spouse

Read if you liked: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird or After I Do

Review: Emma married her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents in California…living life to the fullest, traveling the world and leading a very adventurous life together. But tragically, on their first anniversary, Jesse goes missing on a helicopter over the Pacific and is pronounced dead.

Distraught, Emma quits her job and moves back to her hometown 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 finally feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness arrived. And then, Jessie is found, alive and has been trying to come home to her the whole time. Now Emma has to figure out who she truly is and what/who she wants. Jesse or Sam.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

The more time I spend with TJR novels, I find myself becoming introspective. The author weaves simplistic (on the surface) and difficult choices we make in life…and then you sit with it for a bit, in the major emotional chasm created, and think…what would I do? Love doesn’t have to last forever to be to be important in your story. It comes in all different ways and changes over time (like you do). I’ve come to the conclusion that I will always find comfort in a TJR novel; I am always satisfied and, generally, have minor issues with content. I left One True Loves wanting more of everything, I wanted to sit with these characters longer and be in the world created.

You felt Emma’s joy, turmoil, satisfaction, love and growth in her love of these two different but equally amazing men…and you didn’t know who she was going to choose. It could have been either of them and you would have been okay with that. Basically, GO READ THIS BOOK. It will wreck you and you’re welcome.

Things I loved: Honestly, Sam…can I marry him? This book has so many lesson about growing up, love, soulmates and finding who you are. The portrayal of grief was so accurate; showing the unbearable emptiness it creates.

Things I didn’t care for: The dynamic between Emma and her sister in the beginning. How much I cried…seriously, some moments where so freaking heartbreaking.




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