One True Loves : A Novel

One True Loves : A Novel

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9781476776903
Branch Call Number: REID
Characteristics: 331 pages ; 22 cm

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becky1775
Sep 23, 2017

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.

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abbi_g
Nov 21, 2016

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.

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brooklynheart5
Nov 14, 2016

Absolutely LOVED this book!

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trosado
Sep 23, 2016

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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gymgurl
Jun 12, 2016

This is a perfect summer read. I read it in 2 sittings. One of my best books of the year so far.

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