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.
Kathryn - 3 Star
This novel will get into your head. I read it a few weeks ago now and as I’m sitting down to write the review the title immediately drew me back into the intensely written plot. It's not a long book and yet I feel there was enough time to draw me into the emotional rollercoaster to last a lifetime.
The premise is clearly stated at the very start so I'm not giving anything away by revealing that Emma’s husband goes missing and is found alive several years later. After a long time she finally meets someone else only to discover that her husband had managed to survive and is coming home. She then has to make the impossible decision between two men when she clearly she loves them both.
Taylor Jenkins Reid makes us feel for each relationship equally and the emotional aspect is intense. I had my choice early on though and I never wavere. Perhaps it's up to each reader to choose mentally who they would end up with. You can't help but make a choice as she does, you waver, you second guess, you regret. It's an unfathomable situation and made my heart and head hurt.
Reid writes simply with an ease that allows you fall into the story- I do with that this one had been a little bit longer in some parts and a little bit shorter in others but it was definitely a novel with intent.
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for our review copy. All opinions are our own.
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