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One True Loves: A Novel Paperback – June 7, 2016
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Praise for One True Loves:
“Earth-shaking romance…you will flip for this epic love story.” (Cosmopolitan)
"A breathtaking love story." (InStyle)
“Taylor Jenkins Reid is seriously a genius when it comes to stories about life and love, and this book promises to be another awesome addition to her collection.” (Redbook)
“The mastermind behind the incredible summer read.” (Bustle)
"So compelling...Reid is so talented at creating characters you believe in." (Associated Press)
"If you feel emotionally connected to Adele’s music, read One True Loves.” (The Reading Room)
"Reid does such a good job of leading us through Emma’s emotional journey – I was as ambivalent as she was for a while, and then really invested in the ending. There’s some pretty deep truths in this, too.” (BookRiot)
"[Reid] is so skilled at creating complex, likeable characters that you’ll find yourself struggling to root for one man over the other." (Real Simple)
“…Taylor Jenkins Reid is the reigning queen of summer reads.” (SheKnows)
"If you read this title and thought to yourself, 'Hey wait, isn't that a typo?', Reid's heartwarming tale of a choice between two loves might just convince you otherwise." (Brit+Co)
“The writing is evocative. and the first person narrative rings true…Sign me up for the next Taylor Jenkins Reid book, please!” (Examiner.com)
“Reid has penned a gut-wrenching yet upbeat story about love and life…A sure bet for fans of romantic women’s fiction.” (Booklist)
"Dripping with drama and tension, we’re beyond obsessed with this delicious read.” (Sunset Magazine)
“I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see who Emma would give her heart to.” (First for Women)
Praise for Maybe in Another Life:
"Readers looking for a romance with a twist won't be disappointed" (Library Journal)
Praise for After I Do:
“Written in a breezy, humorous style familiar to fans of Jane Green and Elin Hilderbrand, After I Do focuses on Lauren’s journey of self-discovery. The intriguing premise and well-drawn characters contribute to an emotionally uplifting and inspiring story.” (Booklist)
"Taylor Jenkins Reid offers an entirely fresh and new perspective on what can happen after the "happily ever after." With characters who feel like friends and a narrative that hooked me from the first page, After I Do takes an elegant and incisively emotional look at the endings and beginnings of love. Put this book at the top of your must read list!" (Jen Lancaster New York Times bestselling author)
“Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers a seductive twist on the timeless tale of a couple trying to rediscover love in a marriage brought low by the challenges of domestic togetherness. I fell in love with Ryan and Lauren from their passionate beginning, and I couldn’t stop reading as they followed their unlikely road to redemption. Touching, perceptive, funny, and achingly honest, After I Do will keep you hooked to the end, rooting for husbands and wives and the strength of true love.” (Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author)
"As uplifting as it is brutally honest—a must-read." (Kirkus)
"Moving, gorgeous and, at times, heart-wrenching. Taylor Jenkins Reid writes with wit and true emotion that you can feel. Read it, savor it, share it." (Sarah Jio New York Times bestselling author of The Violets of March)
"Taylor Jenkins Reid writes with ruthless honesty, displaying an innate understanding of human emotion and creating characters and relationships so real I’m finding it impossible to let them go. After I Do is a raw, unflinching exploration of the realities of marriage, the delicate nature of love, and the enduring strength of family. Simultaneously funny and sad, heartbreaking and hopeful, Reid has crafted a story of love lost and found that is as timely as it is timeless." (Katja Millay author of The Sea of Tranquility)
Praise for Forever, Interrupted:
"Touching and powerful...Reid masterfully grabs hold of the heartstrings and doesn't let go. A stunning first novel." (Publishers Weekly)
"You'll laugh, weep and fly through each crazy-readable page." (Redbook)
“A moving novel about life and death.” (Kirkus)
About the Author
Taylor Jenkins Reid lives in Los Angeles and is the acclaimed author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, After I Do, and Forever, Interrupted. To learn more, visit TaylorJenkinsReid.com.
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What an opening line!! What would you do if the person you loved and thought was gone, suddenly re-appeared in your life, after you had moved on? This is the center of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s fantastic new novel, ONE TRUE LOVES. From this powerful beginning, this story follows Emma as she must reconcile finding her long-lost first love with her new life and her new fiance, Sam.
Emma and Jesse had been crazy in love and absolutely devoted to each other. They met as teenagers and ended up married and moving away from their small New England town to California. A tragic accident takes Jesse away, and after an agonizing period of mourning, Emma finds herself opening up to the possiblity of loving another man again.
"I think that perhaps everyone has a moment that splits their life in two. When you look back on your own timeline, there’s a sharp spike somewhere along the way, some event that changed you, changed your life, more than the others. A moment that creates a “before” and an “after.” "
Told from Emma’s POV, this book tells the story of how Emma and Jesse first fell in love. The author does an amazing job of creating very memorable characters who seemed very real. I felt like I knew Emma, Jesse and Sam and their friends and families. It is very important for me to feel connected to the main characters and I absolutely connected with all of the characters in this book. I loved how Emma grew and matured throughout this book and how her relationships with those around her changed and evolved as well.
"Good things don’t wait until you’re ready. Sometimes they come right before, when you’re almost there. And I figured when that happens, you can let them pass by like a bus not meant for you. Or you can get ready. So I got ready."
I cannot think of enough to say about this gorgeous book!! Emma, Jesse and Sam’s story is so totally engrossing, you will feel like you are reading about your good friends. I cared deeply about what was going to happen to these three and was completely blown away by the direction this book took. This is a richly written, detailed story about first love, family, friendship and growing up. The ending is enormously satisfying and I found myself re-reading passages this book after I finished. I was not ready to say goodbye to these characters! ONE TRUE LOVES is certainly one of the best books of the year and one of new top favorite books ever. Don’t miss this one!!
"I don’t think that true love means your only love.
I think true love means loving truly.
Loving purely. Loving wholly."
The premise of this book is simple, and not at all a surprise if you read the summary. Emma marries Jesse, she believes that Jesse dies, in time she falls in love with Sam, Jesse returns and Emma has to make a choice. There is no twist in there, it is only the question of what Emma's choice will be. Frankly, I appreciated that. I can see an author trying to tinker with the triangle-trope a bit too much and end up ruining the whole thing and the simplicity that Reid chooses really pays off here.
So, this is the "good" reason why I hate romance novels....if they are well-done, I get far too invested in it all and nearly have a nervous breakdown before the book is over. In this case, I had a clear favorite between Sam and Jesse--I adored one of them with "book boyfriend" affection and the other just really rubbed me the wrong way. The agony of not knowing whether I would love the end of the book or if I should just stop reading...and I'm pretty sure that was the effect Reid was going for.
I did find Reid voice to be a bit more sterile than I was used to, so it took a while to warm up to her prose. Once I did, however, the lack of verbal frills amped up the emotion in the book. Reid doesn't hide behind flowery prose, but rather exposes Emma's emotions for everyone to see.
There were a few minor quibbles I had with this book. Jesse's survival story didn't seem entirely believable (or unique) to me and I wish that Reid had taken another route with it. It also irked me that Emma was supposedly lactose intolerant, but still waxing poetic about butter. I know, I know...utter nitpicking....but what can I say? I'm a nitpicker (and, really, these details didn't bug me THAT much...)
This book was definitely worth the angst I experienced reading it. If you are looking for a beautifully emotional story about the true meanings (yes, plural) of love, it would be hard to do better than One True Loves.