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Book Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Heartbreaking and heartfelt. This book will have you going through so many emotions and looking at love with a new perspective.

 

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

27189194From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a People Magazine pick and a “Best Book of the Summer” by Glamour and USA Today—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.

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4 Ruby Ring Kitties!

 

I requested this book a few months ago on Netgalley, but I was denied! Boo Netgalley! This is the only book I’ve ever been denied for and probably the one I have wanted to read the most. Just go ahead and read that synopsis, you’ll understand, it just sounds so interesting. Anyway, I requested it through my library and they stocked it just a few days later. Go CALS!

“It all hurts so bad and feels so good that I’d swear my heart is bleeding.”

I knew from the first chapter I was going to love this book. It got right into the juicy stuff. The book starts out in the present day and we find out very soon that Emma’s husband, Jesse, who is long thought to be dead is indeed alive. The story then takes a jump back in time to when Emma was a teenager and tells how she met both her current fiancé, Sam, and her estranged husband, Jesse.

I barely got a few chapters in and my heart was already constricting. I just knew I was going to cry. I just knew it, but I didn’t. There were some definite heart flutters that happened and wouldn’t go away even after I put the book down. That’s the part of romance books I love the best, all of the emotions you feel while reading them.

“When you love someone, it seeps out of everything you do, it bleeds into everything you say, it becomes so ever-present, that eventually it becomes ordinary to hear, no matter how extraordinary it is to feel.”

I have to say a couple of moments that got me right in the heart. That Ruby fucking ring and this quote: “I think it’s a good sign though, I was crazy about you at 16 and I’m still crazy about you now.” Right. In. The. Heart. I tell you. Also, there are a few coincidences in this book that coincide with my life and that is: my wedding date was October 19 and MY favorite pizza is pepperoni and pineapple. It wouldn’t be that strange about the favorite pizza, but no one I know eats it except for me and my sister. Anyway, I kept seeing so many similar things between me and Emma. My husband better not get lost at sea because I will come after you TJR!

All the traveling in this book really gives me the travel bug. I want to take off and go somewhere. My husband and I love to take weekend trips and I feel like we need another one.

“I had predicated my life on the idea that I wanted to see everywhere extraordinary, but I’d come to realize that extraordinary is everywhere.”

Obviously there is a love triangle in this book, but it is definitely not your typical love triangle. It is messy, but lovely. It is far fetched, but it is also something that is believable and I think the author did a great job of handling the situation.

“There is other love out there for me. But it’s different. It isn’t this. It isn’t this exact love. It’s better and it’s worse. But I guess that’s sort of the point of love between two people—you can’t re-create it. Every time you love, everyone you love, the love is different. You’re different in it.”

This is an awesome concept for a book. I adore her take on true love. It seems like the most real thing I’ve read on the matter. With that being said, I feel this could have been executed a little better. For what started out so strong, I think it began to taper off at the end. I feel like this could have been way longer. I wanted more background. Show me their trips around the world. I want to see the day they adopted Mozart & Homer. I want more of their every day. It didn’t nessessarily need anything extra but I would have liked a little more to really connect with them on a personal level.

If y’all have read this, what did you think?

Do any of you use Netgalley? I really like it because you can see all of the titles available and then can choose which to request.

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10 thoughts on “Book Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  1. I love your review!!! I totally agree on the details, I just wanted more! More of the actual love between them all which means the little details that make up their life!

    I also want to travel places now too! Just travel and write about your experiences sounds so amazing 😃😃

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