Book. Hangover. It’s real people. And once again Taylor Jenkins Reid has blown my mind and solidified herself as one of my favorite authors with One True Loves. Not only did I love this book for the characters and plot but its set in MASSACHUSETTS, my hometown. Reid’s love for her hometown Acton, MA shines in this novel as this is the hometown of the main characters. Her references for this amazing state are like a warm hug and reminded me how much I love being from here. Each book that she writes she creates characters that you do not want to leave. You want to know where they are going and what they are doing days later and this book is no exception.
One True Loves is about Emma Blair. Emma is your typical girl who works in her family’s bookshop and dreams beyond the confines of her hometown Acton, MA. While in high school she meets Jesse. The star swimmer who she believe is out of her league until a chance meeting at a party in the woods. They are stuck together when the cops come and they are forced to hide in a bush until they are safe. From this moment a love affair begins which eventually leads up to years later and a marriage. Both of them wanting to pursue their passions take their relationship to California. Married and completely in love a terrible plane crash happens causing Emma to believe Jesse is dead. Completely devastated and in grief she takes baby steps into healing. One of which is to move home, back to Acton. Here is gets the care she needs from her parents and sister. She does not know how to move forward. Enter Sam. Sam also went to high school with Emma and Jesse. He also worked at Emma’s parents bookstore and was a great friend to Emma. Not knowing that he was in love with her, Emma runs into Sam while she is trying to pick up the pieces to her shattered life. An instant connection happens and they fall in love. Hesitant, Emma doesn’t know if it is too soon as she is still mourning Jesse. Then she gets a phone call. Jesse is still alive. Engaged to Sam, Emma is at odds. Does she try to rekindle what she thought was lost and dead with Jesse or stay with Sam, her new love who has been with her through the hardest time in her life. She really questions who her one true love is?
As I said before my love for Taylor Jenkins Reid and her amazing novels grows with each book. Reid has a way of capturing a readers heart and not letting go until that final sentence. This book did just that for me. The triangle between Emma, Sam and Jesse kept me so conflicted but Reid knew how to take the reader to that perfect ending. I can promise you, you will devour this book. And I can promise you once you finish you will run out and purchase her back catalog ~ I may or may no have done this after reading Maybe in Another Life 😉 Also if you are participating in the BookSparks #SRC2016 this is a June selection and will of course keep making 2016 the #bestsummerever.
*Thanks to Atria Books for sending a review copy.