Well after two years waiting anxiously for Emily Giffin’s newest novel, First Comes Love, I can say that I am completely satisfied and blown away. It’s absolutely one of her best yet. And now cue book hangover and another two years waiting for her next novel. I savored this book because I knew once it was over, it was over, but I am so glad that I did. It was so emotionally packed with deep relationships and at times heavy plot that I needed those extra days to process and think. I can only say some many things about my love for EG and you can see from my Insta feed that I will support her not matter what but it is up to you readers to discover the magic of Emily on your own. If you have yet to read any of her back catalog then put those on hold and start with First Comes Love, if this book doesn’t blow you away then I am not sure what will.
First Comes Love centers around sisters Josie and Meredith. Both reeling from a tragic accident within their family, they could not be more different. Josie is the fun, confident sister who is a teacher and single. She lives with her best friend Gabe, who is straight and single as well ,but she is ready to give up on the dating game. Meredith is the more reserved, hard headed sister yet picture perfect daughter who is always questioning Josie’s decisions and lifestyle. She is married to Nolan and together they have a daughter. She is struggling within her marriage to keep it a float. As the anniversary of their families tragedy comes near, each sister is at a crossroads in their lives. Josie knows she isn’t getting any younger and wants to pursue having children without getting married or making any commitments. Meredith is struggling to find out who she is within her marriage and isn’t sure if the man she married is the one for her. Both connected by their bloodline, they struggle to support one another yet know they are the ones who know each other best. Meanwhile a secret holds them together in more ways than they know and when the truth comes out it will test their relationship.
Emily Giffin year after year puts out a bestseller, that is a fact. But what is so amazing about her as a writer is that each novel, truly always about relationships, is so different and surprising. She has a special way of creating characters and plots that are relatable and real. It’s clear she is an excerpt and it solidifies my belief that she is the true “best friend author”. I have talked about this before in regards to her but what I mean is, she is the author that you want to call and chat on the phone with. She is the gal that you want to grab a glass of wine with when “the one” doesn’t call you back. She is just so real to us readers and proves that if you ever get to meet her on tour. I am not sure what more you can ask of in an author?! I am choosing First Comes Love as my poolside pick of the week. I give you my Bliss Beauty and Books promise that you will absolutely love this book and become an EG fan for life.