From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a PeopleMagazine pick and a “Best Book of the Summer” by Glamour andUSA 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.
This book just gave me a whole new definition of being in love.
I know it sounds cheesy-corny. If there were three words to describe this book it would be raw, painful, [yet] beautiful. What are you supposed to do when you’re happily engaged to a lovely man who loves you unconditionally… then suddenly your first love, comes back from the dead?
Despite having moments where in I was annoyed with Emma Blair, I understood what she was doing and why it was happening. You can’t blame her for the decisions that she’s done, I mean we’re not in her place to tell her what’s wrong and what’s right. We’re not in that position to say that we understand what it’s like. And that’s the beauty of it. Emma was such a wonderful main character and I truly appreciated how mature she was. There were times where she was just conflicted and all I could do was feel sad for her that she in that position.
The other two men, Sam and Jesse… well lets just say that they were written wonderfully. It’s quite difficult to describe these two without giving away any detail (or my biases). These two… they’re completely different personalities, two different kind of men that Emma loves. Sam was a romantic, Jesse was adventurous. Both lovely in their own way.
I absolutely adored the plot since I couldn’t see where this story was going. Which barely happens these days, since most story-lines end in a way I could expect. Reid’s writing style was also calming, vivid. I imagined all of the scenes as if it were a movie.
The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan was the sudden shift of how the story was written in one point. One True Loves suddenly went all second person POV, and that didn’t work out for me. I think that it was an attempt for the reader to empathize with Emma and what she’s going through. Sadly it gave the opposite effect for me. It ruined a bit of the reading experience because I completely detached from her. It might have worked for others, but not me.
Overall, I really, really, enjoyed this book. It was hearty, and deep. I would highly recommend it to anyone.