One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Blog Tour ARC Review

June 6, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways | 12 Comments

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Blog Tour ARC Review

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Blog Tour ARC ReviewOne True Loves
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Women's Fiction
Publication Date: June 7th 2016 by Washington Square Press
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
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5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Mail

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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

Emma and Jesse met in high school and ever since then, they’ve been joined at the hop, hopelessly in love. They both get married and over the course of their marriage, they travel a lot for their travels. On the day of their anniversary, Jesse had to travel to Alaska and that’s when Emma lost the love of her life. Emma doesn’t know what to do with her life and she mourns for over 2 years. Now, she’s reunited with Sam, someone who used to work at her parent’s book store. Sam loved Emma then and he still loves her now. Giving herself the chance to find love again, she starts dating Sam and learns to love him. One day, she gets a phone call from Jesse saying he’s alive and will be home soon.

Good things don’t wait until you’re ready. Sometimes they come right before, when you’re almost there.

I was so beyond conflicted over this story. I had no idea which way to go, what to think—my thoughts were a mess! Hell, I was a mess of emotions! I had no idea what to expect since I’ve never read a book by this author. Obviously, I need all of her books.

And then, slowly, day-by-day, minute-by-minute, at such a snail’s pace that you can barely register that anything is happening at all, you find a life’s purpose again.

I don’t know why when I read adult books with these type of stories, they feel slow. This was so not the case with ONE TRUE LOVES. I felt like I read it in one sitting, which didn’t happen because I read it over the course of 3 days (I was at a cruise). I was so invested, so attached to the characters, living their experiences with them, feeling what they were feeling, getting my heart-broken when theirs was broken… This story is very thought-provoking and very original. With all the marvelous quotes, there’s one that spoke to me, which is the definition the author gave to “true love”. You have to read this book to find out 😉

This is my first book by this author and it certainly won’t be my last. I have a feeling that TJR’s books are life altering. I say these because I feel like I’ve gotten a lesson with this story, which led me to reflect on my life, and cherish every moment.

It is hard to be so honest, so vulnerable, so exposed. But I find that it always leads you someplace freer.

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About Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She is the author of Forever, Interrupted, After I Do and Maybe In Another Life. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit.



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12 responses to “One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Blog Tour ARC Review

  1. Yep! Pretty much all her books are life-altering and teach readers something, which I really appreciate. You already know how I felt about this one. I’m still an emotional mess thinking about it!
    Lovely review, Gen!

    • It would! I don’t know if this would be the type of book you like, though. So maybe go in with low expectations, just in case.

  2. Gah, her books always leave me a mess. Especially this one and After I Do, it’s like my brain thinks one way but my heart second guesses everything and leaves me conflicted and confused and full of the feels. I actually read this one in one day and that never happens to me anymore. I pretty much texted Nick every few pages or so. 🙂

    • Reading a book in one day feels so good. I read the majority of this one on the deck of the cruise, by the pool and it was fantastic. Sure, I got a major tan and started peeling but totally worth it lol
      After I Do has to be my favorite of her. These past few day I’ve re-read some of my favorite quotes of the book.

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