June 7, 2016

Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

From 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.

Review by April (ARC provided for an honest review)

5 Emotionally Charged Stars

Your heart will swoon.
Your soul will soar.
Your heart will cry.
Your soul will mourn.

Achingly beautiful, unapologetic and raw. One True Loves will break you then piece you back together- stronger than ever with its emotional ebb and flow. Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers a poignant story narrated unlike any I have read before. Heart wrenching and thought provoking with it's beautiful messages and lessons of love within and characters you just want to squish and hug. A journey of soul searching to find your life's purpose again. To find YOU again.

I'm simply in awe.
Slightly overwhelmed at times with emotion.

As a first time reader of TJR's works, it's clear to see from early in that she writes from her heart and soul. Her words are deep, emotional and thought provoking. They speak to you, absorb you and spit you out an emotional wreck. I had to take several breaks while reading, to just step away and collect my thoughts, catch my breath and muster up the courage to dig back in. One line you are teary, then by the next you have a goofy grin on your face and/or giggling. I loved every word of this book! I'm pretty sure I highlighted at least 80% of the book.

I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! Love, love, love it!

"You can't capture love in a bottle.
You can't hold onto it with both
hands and force it to stay with you."

I hope to never be in Emma, Sam and Jessie's shoes. I'm not sure I could survive THAT.

"You don't tie yourself to something unless you're scared you might float away."

This book...just wow. Unbelievably magical and heartbreaking. Just. GAH! My heart! I'm still trying to digest everything that is One True Loves. A top read of 2016!

Review by Jennifer (ARC provided for an honest review via NetGalley)

Nothing I write in this review will be able to convey how extraordinary this story was and how flawlessly it was written but hopefully what I write will be able to express to other readers how much I completely and whole heartedly loved this book.

Have you ever read a book where the writing just spoke to you? A story that you just felt deep in your heart and soul. A story that took you beyond anything you have read before. One True Loves was that book for me.

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing completely spoke straight to my heart. To the point where I could feel every sentence I was reading. There is just no other way to explain it.  I felt this story with all of my being. From beginning to end the story takes on you an emotional roller coaster like no other.

The feeling of the butterflies in your stomach when you find your first love.
The happiness you feel falling deep in love with that someone.
The soul crushing, change who you are grief when you lose the person.
And last but not least
The learning to live and love again feeling.

I stayed up through most of the night reading this book with tears in my eyes. The characters went through so much together and apart. There was no right or wrong answers to this story, it was just life and the love that is felt throughout this story is simply breathtaking and astonishing.

One True Loves made me think about what I would do if I were in the same situation. This is a story that I know will stay with me forever. Even writing this review days later I still get teary eyed just thinking about it. This is a MUST READ book! I am not going to sugar coat it though, it will be a very raw and emotional read for any reader. It will touch every part of your heart and soul. Have a whole box of kleenex nearby.

But when all is said and done it’s so worth every emotion you will go through! One True Loves is most definitely one of my top favorite reads of 2016!!

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