Published June 7th. 2016 by Washington Square Press.
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. (Goodreads)
I finished this book last night and I was sobbing. I was a complete mess and I think it’s because Taylor Jenkins Reid did such a good job of making this story completely believable and amazing. Right from the start I knew I was going to connect with it.
…I noticed my laugh lines were getting deeper. This is most likely because I am growing older, but I can’t shake the feeling that it’s because I am laughing more than I ever have. What else could you want in a person other than kindness and humor? I’m not sure anything else really matters to me.
I felt like this thought came straight from my journal. It made me think about my husband and how much I love him. And that was just page 3. So I knew I was in for it with this one.
As much as people complain and moan about love triangles this story shows you that it is possible and that it is a real thing. Instead of it being handled in the typical trope fashion however it is written realistically and I loved every minute of it. Don’t get me wrong I was completely absorbed in Emma’s conflict. I truly didn’t know what was going to happen, what I wanted to happen, or what I would have done if I were in her situation. That’s the sign of brilliant writing if you ask me. Nothing seems forced or made up, there’s no holes in the plot or the resolution. It’s all packed in there and done so magnificently.
Characters – I adored the characters. Each one was distinct and well developed. I even enjoyed the family dynamics. There was diversity in the characters of Ava and Sophie. I loved each of the characters so much. That is why I was so absorbed in the conflict.
Setting – I loved that the story took place in a small town, Acton, but that it also included several other places as well. Most were mentioned briefly but it added to the overall appeal.
Plot – This story is engaging right from the start. The first six pages expertly set up the rest of the story and the reader gets a sense of what they are in store for.
Conflict – The conflict does not seem forced or overly dramatic. It is realistic and handled very well.
Resolution – There was one tiny bit that seemed like ok maybe that was too convenient, but it was so minor. In the end I feel as the author herself said, “I decided that there was one answer that simply felt more honest than the other answer.” She went with it and it paid off – big time.
So as the tears slide down my cheeks and my nose started running I cried for these characters and for their bravery. It’s a definite 5 star must read!