What a complicated situation, heart-wrenching at times, really. Loved the story, loved the characters and loved the ending! Would highly recommend to others.
Imagined if you married your high school sweetheart. Imagine then that one day he would go to work, disappear, and be presumed dead. In Taylor Jenkins Reid’s One True Loves, readers meet Emma Blair, a woman who has lost her husband Jesse in a helicopter accident. Everyone presumes Jesse is dead, but Emma refuses to believe that… until one day she meets Sam, and things change. One True Loves is a story of hope but features many gut-punching reveals throughout. Taylor Jenkins Reid will take readers on an emotional ride through Emma’s life and the complications that come if you choose to move on.
It is solid, engaging read with interesting story to tell. Almost until the end you didn't know how it's going to finish. Love prevails no matter what in this twisted "quest" for love.
"Don't ever let anyone tell you the most romantic part of love is beginning. The most romantic part is when you know it has to end."
"Falling out of love with someone that you still like feels exactly like lying in a warm bed and hearing the alarm clock."
Jenkins Reid is an engaging and compelling writer. She never disappoints, and I always find myself caring about the characters she creates. This story in particular is a beautiful study in how we love other people, and what that love means to us even when we move on. I would recommend any and all of her books.
4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy contemporary women's fiction, and a bit of romance.
This story follows Emma, who has married her high school sweetheart. They live an adventurous life full of travel and spontaneity. When her husband, Jesse's, helicopter goes down somewhere in the Pacific, her world is shattered, and she moves back to Boston to be with her family. When she returns, she is able to heal little by little, improve her relationship with her family, and unexpectedly kindles an old almost-romance with Sam. They quickly become engaged, and are comfortable in their life together. It's a completely different life than the one she had before. When Jesse is found alive, after being missing for three years, Emma must decide who she is now, and who is her one true love.
Everyone raves about TJR's books, so I had high hopes for this one. I was pretty gripped by the plot, but I didn't LOVE this book. Anyhow, I found this book to be mostly emotional, rather than romantic. Very few parts of it felt romantic to me. It was more about her relationships with these two men, and finding herself during a chaotic time. A lot of it I was like, "NO DON'T DO IT!" and I felt so bad for all of the characters involved. Yikes. It also kinda bugged me how much baggage she had with her sister, but I am not really sure why. I unfortunately, figured out which way it was going to go very early on in the book. But maybe I'm alone there? This was very entertaining, but it wasn't my favorite.
An easy and emotional read. I related to this book so much more than I would like to admit. I finished the book in 3 days and cried about 10 times. The characters are so easy to love, and you'll find yourself sympathizing for Emma almost immediately. Such a great read.
This book didn't do it for me. It reminded me of a cheesy Lifetime movie or bad episode of the Bachelor. It was a quick read, but not a satisfying one in the least.
I read my first novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid earlier this year and I have to admit that I've become a fan of her work. The main characters in her stories are always in some complicated situation concerning loving someone else and all that that means; yet Reid manages to suck me in every single time. One True Loves was no different.
Emma Blair's conflict between having to choose between her husband and her fiancé had me on the edge of my seat at times because of how overwhelming bizarre and complicated her circumstance was with two different men that she loved at two different times in her life. Although One True Loves isn't my favorite Taylor Jenkins Reid novel (I absolutely love Maybe In Another Life!), I still very much enjoyed it and am satisfied with its ending. If you're looking for a good love story to read, this is a worthy one.
Absolutely LOVED this book!
This book has affected me on such a deeply emotional level. At 25%, I had a notion as to the outcome, started panicking and quit reading for the night. The next morning, I read another 25 pages and, although immensely intrigued, I still felt the impending doom. I know that is a dramatic description, but I can't describe it any different. When I picked it up that night, I read to 66% and started sobbing. Except for a few moments of reprieve, I cried until I was finished and then some. My family didn't know what to think and I didn't dare tell them it was because of a book. :) I know that this will not be the experience for every reader, but I know how I wanted the story to play out and knew early on that it wouldn't. I have strong convictions and I know that they had a huge influence on my emotions. I have to keep reminding myself that this is just a book and the characters aren't real! Avid readers know how difficult that can be to discern in our minds.
I hope that my ramblings do not make anyone think that I didn't care for this book. In fact, that can't be farther from the truth. If an author can reel me into a story with such overwhelmingly strong emotional connections, how can you not give a book 5 stars? Even if the book didn't play out like I longed for, I can't dismiss the quality of the writing and overall story. And don't worry, there is an happily-ever-after, just not the one this reader wanted.
I can't fail to mention that in addition to gutting me emotionally, I laughed throughout it, as well. I fell deeply in love with the main characters and their often witty banter. It's not often that I care for a heroine in a book as much as I did Emma. I find that has been the case with Taylor Jenkins Reid's books. She writes about women I would love to be friends with and friendships between women that I almost envy. This really was an amazing story. If it weren't for feeling wrung out at the end, I would have to say it was the perfect book - original story, emotional pulls, strong characters, and comedy.
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