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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 th 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.


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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 th 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.

30 review for One True Loves

  1. 4 out of 5

    Barbie

    My thoughts in a nutshell I'm deeply in love with this book. One True Loves is my new favorite book. It tells you what I really feel about this book. The story is about… Skip over this point if you don't like the sneak peek. Emma has a decent life. She is madly in love with her husband, she lives for her dreams. One day her husband Jesse got an opportunity and he accepted it. He went out to the airport to travel and saw a glacier but Jesse never came back. Everyone thought Jesse was dead. Emma's My thoughts in a nutshell I'm deeply in love with this book. One True Loves is my new favorite book. It tells you what I really feel about this book. The story is about… Skip over this point if you don't like the sneak peek. Emma has a decent life. She is madly in love with her husband, she lives for her dreams. One day her husband Jesse got an opportunity and he accepted it. He went out to the airport to travel and saw a glacier but Jesse never came back. Everyone thought Jesse was dead. Emma's life turned upside down, and a few years later she found love again. One day Emma got a call and she found out Jesse is alive and he is coming home. What will happen? Emma has to make a difficult decision. Sam or Jesse? A new or the old love? Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly? What impressed me the most 😊 If I would say that I love everything in this book then how big of a fangirl would I be? Because I'm in love with this book so much. (teeth) I'm crazy about this trope when the couple split up by an unexpected factor and a few years later they meet again. I'm not joking, when I was reading I was constantly asking the people around me what would they do if this hapenned to them? No one could answer me because it is a tough decision. There is no right choice here because someone's heart will break. I like Emma's character development. She changed a lot. Her attitude on life turned. When she was 20 she wanted two things; 1) stay away from her parents' bookshop and her hometown 2) travel around the world. Now, she is 31 years old and she wants the opposite. The time didn't stop when she lost her husband. She had to stand up and move forward even if it was painful. With time everyone changes; me and you too. I adored the ending. It was a great closing. I agree with the explanation. I was particularly pleased with the last few pages. To be honest, I cried a bit, nah it was beautiful. I completely felt Emma's feeling. The grief is hard but meeting someone who was assumed dead is even harder. I just couldn’t stop reading this story, and I couldn’t stop thinking about them and questioning what would happen in the next pages. Oh man! Taylor Jenkins Reid's writing style is stunning. I've started to highlight my favorite quotes and I noticed I highlighted the whole book, lol. Unfortunately, my dearest quote includes some spoilers. (view spoiler)[ “I could make myself fit for him. He could make himself fit for me. But that’s not true love.” (hide spoiler)] But I collected some quotes without spoilers too: “When you love someone, it seeps out of everything you do, it bleeds into everything you say, it becomes so ever-present, that eventually it becomes ordinary to hear, no matter how extraordinary it is to feel.” “Good things don't wait until you're ready. Sometimes they come right before, when you're almost there.” “I am who I am because I loved you once. ” Make a conclusion I gave it 5 stars because it was perfect for my soul. I would love to read more from Taylor Jenkins Reid. I recommend it to anyone who loves the romance genre with a hard decision. How did I imagine the book vibes?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aestas Book Blog

    ::: FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED ::: “I think it’s a good sign, though,” he said, “that I was crazy about you at sixteen and I’m still crazy about you now.” This was one of those books that I knew I had to read from the moment I heard about it. Having already been a huge fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid's books, I knew it would be well-written and I was so excited to see where she'd take this story. I'll show you the blurb first so you can understand why I was so intrigued... From the aut ::: FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED ::: “I think it’s a good sign, though,” he said, “that I was crazy about you at sixteen and I’m still crazy about you now.” This was one of those books that I knew I had to read from the moment I heard about it. Having already been a huge fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid's books, I knew it would be well-written and I was so excited to see where she'd take this story. I'll show you the blurb first so you can understand why I was so intrigued... From the author of Maybe in Another Life 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? Usually I like to find out everything I can about a book before reading it. I'm not a fan of love triangles (it's very rare for them to be written in a way that I'm okay with) but this particular story intrigued me because it's not a traditional triangle at all. Emma doesn't fall in love with two guys at once. She falls in love with them at different times in her life, with absolutely no imaginable possibility that they'd ever cross paths. Except everything changed when the impossible happened... and the husband who she thought had died returned home. And now she was faced with the insurmountably hard choice of going back to the man she'd loved and lost, or staying with the man she'd fallen in love with after. Who was her one true love? He smiled. “Think of all the people in the world,” he said, tucking my longest hair behind my ear. “And I was lucky enough to find you twice.” Now, this whole book is very well-written. I have tons of quote highlighted everywhere throughout the book. But I wanted to bring special attention to how seriously fantastic a job this author did of specifically describing the way that Emma healed after Jesse's disappearance. You'll see exactly what I mean when you read it. But there's this "section" of the book where the whole writing style changes and it. is. perfect. It had this rhythm and momentum to it that so flawlessly yet powerfully conveyed exactly what Emma was going through. The best way I can describe it is by calling it a 'montage with words' — you know like how they'll do in movies or trailers where they show all these clips together with music — and when I got to the last line of it, that was the moment that I shed my first tear. It was beautiful writing. Just beautiful. Like I was mentioning before, I normally want to know certain things in advance of reading. Like the main question here: who does she end up with?! But this time... I didn't. Instead I did something that I almost never do and I just trusted the author and went in blind. And I strongly suggest that you do the same. I'm not going to give you any hints about the ending here and I caution you against finding out any spoilers. Here's what I'll tell you... It had exactly the ending I wanted! But that's it. Now just trust... and dive in! “I don’t expect you to stop loving him, just because you love me.” The whole situation in this book was just so unprecedented — both of this woman's past and present loves somehow in her life at the same time even though one of them had supposedly died. If Jesse had never disappeared, she would never have had the opportunity to fall in love with Sam. But if Jesse had actually died, she would have certainly loved Sam for the rest of her life. Both were good men. Neither one is ever made out to be a 'bad guy' (a decision for which I applaud the author because it made the story seem much more real when there was no 'easy' solution). At different times in her life and under different circumstances, she'd fallen in love with both of them. She loved them both. How could anyone choose?! “I love you.” “I know you do,” he says. “But I’m not the only one you love. And you can only have one. And it might not be me.” I'm so interested to see what you guys think about this story. Personally, I was torn at first about who I wanted her to end up with. After reading the blurb, I formed one opinion. That was the one I went into the book with. I wanted her to end up ***** for sure!! But then the more I read, the less sure of my choice I became. By page 100, I actually formed my final choice. I wanted her to end up with ***** without a doubt in my mind. And I stayed with that decision right up until the end. And guess what?? She chose him!!!!! Oh, the relief! “I have something really important to tell you,” he said. “Are you ready? It’s really important. It’s breaking news.” “Tell me.” “I’ll love you forever.” “I already knew that,” I said. “And I’ll love you forever, too.” “Yeah?” “Yeah,” I said. “I’ll love you until we’re so old we can barely walk on our own and we’ll have to get walkers and put those cut up yellow tennis balls on them. I’ll love you past that, actually. I’ll love you until the end of time.” The message at the end was really beautiful. If I tell you what it is, that'll kind of give things away so I'll just let you discover it on your own. But the last few lines of the book brought happy tears to my eyes. This is one of those stories that'll tear your heart in two directions as you read and make you really think about how you want the story to end. It's a bittersweet and yet deeply heart-warming romance that takes a really intriguing look at the concept of love. Can a person have more than one true love? It has always been him. My whole life. It has always, always been him. Rating: 4.5 stars. Standalone. Pre-order ONE TRUE LOVES (Kindle) Pre-order ONE TRUE LOVES (Paperback) __________________________ For more of my reviews, book news and updates: ✦ Main blog: Aestas Book Blog ✦ Facebook Blog Page ✦ Twitter ✦ Subscribe by email

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Masterson

    This is a 5 Star audiobook! Julia Whelan is my favorite female narrator! She takes books to higher levels! The book itself is 5 Stars for giving me all the feels!!! This is my second novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid and I loved it even more then I did the first, "Maybe in Another Life". "One True Loves" is the perfect summer read!!! It's chick lit, but boy is it well written, smart, and touching! Emma is engaged to Sam. She is a widow. Her husband, Jesse, died in a helicopter crash, but wait, it gets This is a 5 Star audiobook! Julia Whelan is my favorite female narrator! She takes books to higher levels! The book itself is 5 Stars for giving me all the feels!!! This is my second novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid and I loved it even more then I did the first, "Maybe in Another Life". "One True Loves" is the perfect summer read!!! It's chick lit, but boy is it well written, smart, and touching! Emma is engaged to Sam. She is a widow. Her husband, Jesse, died in a helicopter crash, but wait, it gets complicated because Jesse is still alive! (This is not a spoiler. We learn it right away). The themes are a bit familiar. Let's say Castaway/The Notebook. If you can get past that I think you just might really enjoy this book. I am just coming off a heavy read so this worked well for me. I truly loved it! Highly recommended!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    emma

    The thing about this book is that it stressed me out so much and made me so upset that I would legitimately rather live my entire life alone, perhaps on a deserted island of some kind, either of the proverbial or literal variety, than live a single day in the protagonist's life. Which is actually a very freeing thought. My life has been much easier since this, I'll give you that. Spontaneously evolved past the desire to date men, which is cool. Have more time for my hobbies. But anyway. Back to th The thing about this book is that it stressed me out so much and made me so upset that I would legitimately rather live my entire life alone, perhaps on a deserted island of some kind, either of the proverbial or literal variety, than live a single day in the protagonist's life. Which is actually a very freeing thought. My life has been much easier since this, I'll give you that. Spontaneously evolved past the desire to date men, which is cool. Have more time for my hobbies. But anyway. Back to the horrors that occured here. Our main character's husband DIES. And then she falls in love with a DIFFERENT MAN, after MANY YEARS of SUFFERING. And then her husband is UN-DEAD. (As in, no longer dead. Not as in zombie. That's a very different book.) I like Taylor Jenkins Reid books a lot (or, okay, enjoy reading them more accurately), but I truly wonder at the evils of her dark and twisty mind. Bottom line: A NIGHTMARE. ------------ pre-review reading this stressed me out so much and made me so sad that it made my life seem fully blissful by comparison. which...is technically a good thing? review to come / 3 stars ------------ this book is about a girl named emma who loves books and lives in boston and dates a guy named sam... i am emma. i love books. i live in boston. i have dated MULTIPLE sams (don't ask). so i guess my destiny is that my husband will be presumed dead but later reappear? good to know. ------------ dear taylor jenkins reid, god of fluffy books, please pull me out of my reading slump. amen

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christina - Recipe & a Read

    4.5, I stayed up too late reading this in one sitting - once you pick it up, you wont want to put it down stars!!! Full review featured on my blog Recipe & a Read! Emma Blair fell in love with her future husband Jesse Lerner the moment she laid eyes on him at a swim competition her freshman year of high-school. Jesse is popular, handsome, charming and seemingly completely out of Emma’s reach. Living in a small town in Massachusetts, Emma’s parents own a local bookstore and through the bookstore Em 4.5, I stayed up too late reading this in one sitting - once you pick it up, you wont want to put it down stars!!! Full review featured on my blog Recipe & a Read! Emma Blair fell in love with her future husband Jesse Lerner the moment she laid eyes on him at a swim competition her freshman year of high-school. Jesse is popular, handsome, charming and seemingly completely out of Emma’s reach. Living in a small town in Massachusetts, Emma’s parents own a local bookstore and through the bookstore Emma meets Sam. As Emma and Jesse grow and change, their love blossoms and becomes the all-consuming love of high-school sweethearts. It’s a scary thought, isn’t it? That every single person on this planet could lose their one true love and live to love again? It means the one you love could love again if they lost you. After graduating high-school Emma and Jesse set off as far away from home as they can and move to California. They’re married and living their *best lives* traveling the world together and falling deeper in love with who they’re each becoming, along with one another. When Jesse jets off for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, the day before their first wedding anniversary neither Emma nor Jesse realize this will change both their lives forever. As Emma grapples with this profound loss, she moves home to work in her parents book store. As she heals and grows into this new person, who lost her husband in such a tragic way she reconnects with her old friend Sam. A new, different but profound love grows between them and just as they get engaged the other shoe drops. Emma receives a call from a voice she thought she'd never hear again - Jesse is alive, not dead, and he's back and wants to see the wife he's been trying to get back to this whole time. Only that wife, is now engaged to someone else. People aren’t stagnant. We evolve in reaction to our pleasures and our pains. I’ve had a really hard time fully deciding how I feel about this book. When I first read Reid’s work (Evelyn Hugo) last year I was immediately enamored. I don’t read a lot of straight romance so I didn’t get around to picking up more of her works super quickly. One True Loves was one that I kept re-visiting but couldn’t bring myself to pick up because of my own irrational fears. However, I’m really happy I waited because I really adored this book. I picked this up as I was getting into bed, thinking it’d help me wind down and go to sleep. What ended up happening was me staying up until two in the morning because I couldn’t put this down. You can tell I am the one taking the picture. You can tell, just from the smile on his face, how much he loves me. In the end, this had all the elements of a great romantic drama. I laughed, I cried, I felt inspired and heartbroken exactly when Reid wanted me to. As someone who has really only ever truly loved one person, I’m still not someone who believes in “one true love” and the premise of this drew me in immediately and didn’t let me go until the very last page. I loved the writing, the characters and the story – all of which were grounded in reality and incredibly well-developed. There were a couple of little implausibilities (like Jesse’s survival) that ultimately weren’t enough to sway my overall enjoyment but were there none-the-less. The more works I read by Reid the more I enjoy her masterful story-telling and I’m so excited to continue to read more by her.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    Update: The Kindle download is a $2.99 special today. I liked this book -- but what I especially enjoyed was the 'audiobook' narrator, also. I didn't 'read' this book. (could add 'audio' to the price) I notice that Taylor Jenkins Reid has a new release --not in stores 'yet' --but soon-- (saw it a couple of months ago on Netgalley) -- but didn't request it --because I have enjoy 'two' of her other books by 'audio' --so much -- that I'm going to wait and listen to her new book in audio-form. Reid Update: The Kindle download is a $2.99 special today. I liked this book -- but what I especially enjoyed was the 'audiobook' narrator, also. I didn't 'read' this book. (could add 'audio' to the price) I notice that Taylor Jenkins Reid has a new release --not in stores 'yet' --but soon-- (saw it a couple of months ago on Netgalley) -- but didn't request it --because I have enjoy 'two' of her other books by 'audio' --so much -- that I'm going to wait and listen to her new book in audio-form. Reid chooses great narrators.... but thought I'd mention the 'daily-deal' today for those who might be interested. The story had me hooked 'with' the audible. Audiobook..... FABULOUS NARRATOR!!! Jesse has been gone for three years.....considered dead from a helicopter crash....but he is alive and returning home to Emma....his wife. Emma was in shock - and experienced horrific loss when the crash happened. Her grieving process was almost unbearable. At some point she began to be ready to let go of the sadness - not the memories- but she was ready to put the pain down... only come back to visit that pain & loss 'at times'. She knew she had to look forward -- to find joy in her life. She worked hard moving through her loss with Jesse. When she was ready to take a step forward, she wrote a -cleansing-phantom-spiritual type letter to Jesse, (then tucked it away in a drawer).... saying how sorry she was that they never would have the chance to complete their dreams together. She asked for his blessing to move forward with an open heart. She wants another love like she had with him. Emma accepts a date with Sam. Sam and Emma date for about a year. They get engaged to marry. About a month before the wedding, Emma gets word that Jesse is alive. He is coming home. Emma now has a husband and a fiancé. I found this story really engaging. It was more authentic than 'silly'. Yes, I'm sure it's considered woman's fiction - but I am a women....and I liked it. So, sue me! The Audiobook...'especially' enhanced this story. One afternoon I drove up to a favorite local 'kinda-secret' hilly trail high up on the mountain...with ranges of hills and views to keep the terrain interesting. I started at noon - finished just before 3pm..listening to this book the 'entire' time....(still had more to listen to later), but point is .. I never once switched to music during those 3 hours. The 'voice' of the storytelling was so natural...it became the perfect blend - intriguing ease -with the natural beauty around me. Lovely experience. Emma loved both men -- but what man will she choose? The process in which she chooses -- was honest. I suppose as I describe this story, it sounds kinda schlocky...but I'm guessing even a few men would have enjoyed this audiobook if they were walking next to me - listening- looking out at the open horizon. The voice narrator was a pro. Audiobook-listening, I'm discovering is an art - all the colors must match up....the novel itself and the reader -- and THE TYPE of book. I consider myself still somewhat a newbie, but audiobooks definitely has a place. I still don't really consider it reading. It's not the same. At one time, I was sure I would hate audiobooks: never do it I said. Memoirs by the author tend to be a good risk worth taking -non-fiction varies if you like the topic and the reader.... And fiction is the rare breed. It's fabulous 'only' when the reader is fabulous. For fiction audiobooks, the voice narrator almost needs to be slightly better than the novel itself. Example was: "City On Fire", by Garth Risk Hallberg. And, like "City on Fire", it's how I feel about "One True Loves", too. Kudos to the author Taylor Jenkins Reid, but I must say, her audible reader enhanced her story! I was left with a couple of questions, after listening to this story.... Does anyone know of a similar situation in real life??? It must be possible- and if so...I'm curious about the details... And Last: An inside funny for those who have read this book: ....."do not leave a note on your parents kitchen table when coming back home at 2am in the morning to sleep in your own room"!!!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Re-read 2/27/19: Hi hello I still love TJR a whole heckin' ton. No one is surprised lmao Original read 1/8/18: Hi, my name is Chelsea and I have become OBSESSED with Taylor Jenkins Reid. Omg. I loved this. Re-read 2/27/19: Hi hello I still love TJR a whole heckin' ton. No one is surprised lmao Original read 1/8/18: Hi, my name is Chelsea and I have become OBSESSED with Taylor Jenkins Reid. Omg. I loved this.

  8. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    this, unfortunately, isnt quite the great cathartic tearjerker that a person sometimes needs, buuuut it does have its charming moments. i think my main issue is with the way the story is set up - the first quarter is flashbacks to emma and jesse, the second quarter is flashbacks to emma and sam, and the last half is present time with both. i just think with a situation so emotionally devastating as finding out your husband is back from the dead, but also being engaged to someone else, there just this, unfortunately, isnt quite the great cathartic tearjerker that a person sometimes needs, buuuut it does have its charming moments. i think my main issue is with the way the story is set up - the first quarter is flashbacks to emma and jesse, the second quarter is flashbacks to emma and sam, and the last half is present time with both. i just think with a situation so emotionally devastating as finding out your husband is back from the dead, but also being engaged to someone else, there just wasnt enough depth present to read about. the flashbacks are kind of just a highlight reel of each the relationships, very brief moments of love, so its difficult to become attached to anyone because there just isnt much to get invested in. and im not a fan of emma, so i only ended up feeling bad for the two guys for what she put them through. oh well. this book also didnt end the way i was wanting it to (i mean, lets be real. its going to take much more than three days to come to a life changing decision. i wasnt really buying that emma knew exactly what she wanted just after one weekend away. emotions and feelings are so much complicated than that) but, the more i think about it, the more i guess im okay with it. because it is a really sweet message, a message that i dont think would have been possible had it ended the way i was hoping. regardless of this not quite being the story i was wanting, this is really sweet and quite touching overall! ↠ 3.5 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    4.5 stars!!! Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author that has a talent for making you think about her stories and your life in general. This is the second book of hers I’ve read, and my mind is going a mile a minute. One True Loves is definitely a book that will make you think. It also gave me all the feels, which I love. It’s a book about a woman who had an impossible choice to make. I don’t envy this heroine at all. Being in love twice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be… Emma Blair marries her high s 4.5 stars!!! Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author that has a talent for making you think about her stories and your life in general. This is the second book of hers I’ve read, and my mind is going a mile a minute. One True Loves is definitely a book that will make you think. It also gave me all the feels, which I love. It’s a book about a woman who had an impossible choice to make. I don’t envy this heroine at all. Being in love twice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be… Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse, and they are happy. They’re in love and doing what they always wanted to do. Traveling the world. Then something traumatic happens. They’ve only been married a year, and Jesse goes missing in the Pacific ocean. He’s lost forever, so Emma thinks. She moves back home and settles running the family business. After years pass, she moves on. It’s time. The grief has consumed her for far too long. You start to understand that grief is chronic. That it’s more bout remission and relapse than it is about a cure. What that means to you is that you can’t simply wait for it to be over. You have to move through it, like swimming an undertow. Emma runs into Sam, a friend from high school, and sparks fly. Emma will always love Jesse, but he’s gone. She realizes that maybe she wasn’t meant to only have one love. What she and Sam have is different than what she and Jesse had, but it’s just as strong. She’s settled with Sam. She loves who she is with him and can see a future. They become engaged and things are looking up for them. Until she gets a phone call from a ghost- her long lost husband. It shakes her to her core. Emma now has a husband and a fiancé. Her past, her present, they are both colliding. As I said before, I don’t envy Emma at all. Her choice is impossible to make. I personally loved both Sam and Jesse. I knew my heart was going to break no matter who she chose. “Just… just do me a favor.” 
“Anything.”
 “Don’t stay with me if you want to be with him,” he says. “Don’t do that to me.” 
This story really toyed with my emotions. I was a mess while reading. I cried more than once. I bit my nails to the quick. The angst really got to me at times. Then there came a point where I came to terms with what was happening and I was okay with it- then (view spoiler)[ After Emma decided for certain who she would be with- she had one final romp with the other man. I understood they needed closure, but that gutted me. I think a goodbye hug and kiss would have sufficed. Honestly, this is probably the only reason this isn't a 5 star for me. (hide spoiler)] . Reid’s writing is top notch and this story is equal parts heartfelt and heart wrenching. For those readers who are looking for something that will make you feel, make you think and want to read a story about finding yourself and true love- pick this one up. This is a book I will never forget!

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Putnam

    This is an old trope revitalized with the wonderful voice the author instills in the main character. I’ve said it before in other reviews of this author’s books: she could write a grocery list and I’d read it. The voice is so natural I just fell into the story and didn’t want to leave the character. What this author also does well is relate to the reader much like Stephen King does. I think this is Reid’s secret, how she is wildly popular. She describes places and events that relate to a wide co This is an old trope revitalized with the wonderful voice the author instills in the main character. I’ve said it before in other reviews of this author’s books: she could write a grocery list and I’d read it. The voice is so natural I just fell into the story and didn’t want to leave the character. What this author also does well is relate to the reader much like Stephen King does. I think this is Reid’s secret, how she is wildly popular. She describes places and events that relate to a wide core of readers. And oddly, in this book her character works at a bookstore but hates to read. What Reid also does so well is give the reader a confidential--almost voyeuristic peek into the intimacy of relationships, how they work, the tenderness, the unbridled love. She does it with just enough details to make the experience real and never overpowers the prose. The premise of this book has been done before (what premise hasn’t been redone) I remember it best in a Doris Day movie. However, that story worked as a comedy. One True Loves is dramatic. Reid motivates the relationships masterfully and causes such conflict that the reader can’t put the book down. The reader has to find out how the main character is going to extricate herself from this impossible situation. Someone is going to get emotionally crushed. As with Reid’s other books this is a wonderful read and I highly recommend it. Side note: In one chapter, Reid shifted from first person to a second person point of view (Second person not third, yikes). This was extremely for jarring for me. I didn’t care for it and if it had gone on for more than one chapter I would’ve put the book down. David Putnam Author of The Bruno Johnson Series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Flo

    Unpopular opinion: This book just was not for me. I have a few friends who loved One True Loves dearly and I was so excited to read, but unfortunately it just didn’t work as well for me. Objectively there isn’t anything seriously wrong with the story. In fact, the premise of the heroine losing her husband, eventually moving on only to find out her husband survived. Absolutely intriguing. Here is my problem. I did not connect. The way the book was structured and the fact that the author put the evol Unpopular opinion: This book just was not for me. I have a few friends who loved One True Loves dearly and I was so excited to read, but unfortunately it just didn’t work as well for me. Objectively there isn’t anything seriously wrong with the story. In fact, the premise of the heroine losing her husband, eventually moving on only to find out her husband survived. Absolutely intriguing. Here is my problem. I did not connect. The way the book was structured and the fact that the author put the evolution of two complete relationships into a 350 page book was too much and too little all at the same time. For the first 40-50% I felt like the story was told to me instead of shown. As a result I felt like reading a list of chronological events without feeling like I experienced them through the characters. I simply did not connect. I didn’t feel the love between the characters enough to make me miss them when they were gone, or came back for that matter. So around 50% I started to speed read. I have to say there were some very emotional parts towards the end, but then some of the characters actions were very questionable, even though they were in impossible situations, I just had a hard time understanding them. I guess it comes down to tastes. There are people who love this book and the author’s style to no end and I wish I was one of them. Ms. Reid has a way with words and a feel for very unique stories, but I’m afraid the style is just not my cup of tea. **ARC very kindly provided by publisher (via edelweiss) in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    “I am finishing up dinner with my family and my fiancé when my husband calls…” Do you ever read a book and know that you’re reading it at the exact moment in your life when you needed to read it? Because that is me with One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I know a three star rating doesn’t seem that high, but the message of this book spoke louder to me than maybe any other book this year. The universe really lined up for me with this one. The basic premise of this story, that I’m su “I am finishing up dinner with my family and my fiancé when my husband calls…” Do you ever read a book and know that you’re reading it at the exact moment in your life when you needed to read it? Because that is me with One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I know a three star rating doesn’t seem that high, but the message of this book spoke louder to me than maybe any other book this year. The universe really lined up for me with this one. The basic premise of this story, that I’m sure you all have heard many times before, is that it is about a girl who fell in love at first sight, freshman year of high school, with a boy and she ends up marrying him. They grew up together in a very small town in Massachusetts, but together they traveled the world and set up home base in California. She thought she was living the happiest life that she could, until he goes missing in a helicopter crash and is presumed dead. She then moves back to her small hometown, and begins to run her family’s bookstore. And two years after the love of her life was lost, she falls in love with a boy she has also known almost her entire life. And for the first time in a long time, she is happy. That is, until the missing husband is officially declared alive. ➽ Emma - The woman torn between two men. ➽ Jesse - The missing husband. ➽ Sam - The fiancé. But once Jesse comes back into Emma’s life, she realizes that she isn’t the same girl anymore. She’s 31 and feels a lot differently about her life than she did at 21. And friends, that is the real reason this book is extremely hard for me to review. I’ve never been married, and I’ve never had a partner presumed dead *knocks on wood forever*, but Emma’s life really reminds me of my own. This book handles such an important and not talked about discussion on how you want different things at different points in your life. And, I’m being really honest here, this is something that I’m currently struggling with. I was born and raised in Michigan, where all my family still live, but I knew I never wanted to stay. After college, I moved to a big city on the west coast, I am still able to travel a lot, and I don’t have to check in with anyone. But the past few years, as I’m getting older, I’m really thinking about wanting a family, and maybe moving back to the east coast to be closer to my family (and to have seasons, I really miss seasons!) I feel like I’m probably not alone in this, but life just goes so damn fast and I’m so scared I’m going to let something pass me by, but seeing Emma be the person she wanted to be a 31, not 21, was really moving and emotional to me. Like, more emotional than any kind of sad love triangle could be. So again, this is a hard book to rate. “People aren’t stagnant. We evolve in reaction to our pleasures and our pains.” I did enjoy this story though, and I won’t say any spoilers, but she did get with the guy that I wanted her to pick! I will say that she does have sex with both men, during very short in-between periods, but I feel like it was done very realistically, and it didn’t bother me at all. Yet, again, it did bother many of my friends, so use caution. Also, content and trigger warnings for underage drinking, thoughts of suicide, loss of a loved one, depression depiction, grief depiction, PTSD depiction, grey area cheating, and talk of cancer. Besides this book impacting me way more than any romantic contemporary should, my favorite part of this book was Emma’s best friend, Olive, who is bisexual, half Korean and half Jewish, and just kept proving that she was such an amazing friend who really unconditionally loved Emma. I also really loved Emma’s parents and I thought they were very realistic and heartwarming. I even enjoyed Emma’s journey with his sister, Marie, even if it made me a little sad at times. Oh, and I loved the inclusion of Marie’s twins (Emma’s nieces) who were hearing impaired and used ASL. Taylor Jenkins Reid always makes me books very inclusionary and I very much appreciate it. “I think I’m heading into a time in my life where words and labels will lose their meaning. It will only be the intent behind them that will matter.” Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I loved the messages of people changing and living the life they want to at whatever time in their life they want to live it. I’m sorry if I was a little too personal in this post; but if you feel similarly to the way I’m feeling, or to the way Emma felt – I promise you aren’t alone. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch Buddy read with Sue & Amy! ❤

  13. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    As if I wasn't a huge fan of hers after reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones and The Six , reading this book has further convinced me that Taylor Jenkins Reid is a freaking goddess, y'all! Emma Blair wants nothing more than to get as far away from her small New England town and her parents’ dream of her taking over the family bookstore. When she meets Jesse in high school and they fall in love, she finds the key to her dreams.⁣ They move to California and begin explor As if I wasn't a huge fan of hers after reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones and The Six , reading this book has further convinced me that Taylor Jenkins Reid is a freaking goddess, y'all! Emma Blair wants nothing more than to get as far away from her small New England town and her parents’ dream of her taking over the family bookstore. When she meets Jesse in high school and they fall in love, she finds the key to her dreams.⁣ They move to California and begin exploring the world after college. They marry in their 20s, having experienced so much of what they both dreamed of. One day short of their 1st anniversary, Jesse gets on a helicopter for a job. The helicopter goes down and everyone, including Jesse, is presumed dead. Emma is utterly overwhelmed by her grief. She decides to move back home and take the path her parents wanted. Suddenly it all makes sense to her and as the years pass, this life seems right.⁣ "Do you ever get over loss? Or do you just find a box within yourself, big enough to hold it? Do you just stuff it in there, push it down, and snap the lid on it? Do you just work, every day, to keep the box shut?" ⁣ When she connects again with Sam, a friend from high school, a few years after Jesse's death, she realizes she might have another chance at happiness. She knows she'll never be completely over Jesse, but she can't spend her life mourning him either. Emma and Sam fall in love and get engaged, and look forward to their future together. And then Jesse is found alive, ready to get back to the life he and Emma had before the helicopter crash. Now she has a husband and a fiancé, and she doesn't know what to do about either of them. ⁣ "I don't think that true love means your only love. I think true love means loving truly. Loving purely. Loving wholly." One True Loves is an amazing book about love, grief, family, and finding your way after setbacks. I read the entire book on a plane and loved every incredibly emotional, well-written page.⁣ Sure, I was able to predict where the plot is going to go, but I loved these characters so much I didn't care. I couldn't get enough of this beautiful love story. If you've never read anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid, you need to remedy that, stat. Now that I fell in love with this book, I plan to explore more of her backlist, since all of her recent work is so fantastic. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michael David

    Imagine you marry your best friend...your confidante...your one and only. Imagine they are presumed dead after a tragic helicopter accident, while working. Imagine a couple years go by, and you find the strength to love again. Now, you’re engaged. Imagine that your spouse survived, and makes contact with you a few years later... Yeah. That’s One True Loves. Such a sad, hopeful, poignant and beautifully told story. Another win from TJR. I shouldn’t be surprised. She could write the advertisement f Imagine you marry your best friend...your confidante...your one and only. Imagine they are presumed dead after a tragic helicopter accident, while working. Imagine a couple years go by, and you find the strength to love again. Now, you’re engaged. Imagine that your spouse survived, and makes contact with you a few years later... Yeah. That’s One True Loves. Such a sad, hopeful, poignant and beautifully told story. Another win from TJR. I shouldn’t be surprised. She could write the advertisement for an antifungal cream, and I’d devour it. I also found it interesting that Greer Hendricks was one of her editors. #themoreyouknow What are you going to hit me with next, TJR?

  15. 4 out of 5

    BernLuvsBooks

    4.5 Stayed up late, made me sob and emotionally wrecked me stars You guys I have been missing out on reading TJR! This was my first book by her and what an emotional roller coaster. It's a tale of love, loss and letting yourself love again. It was powerful. The idea that that all consuming, one true love of your life doesn't necessarily last forever, and that's not only ok - it just might be necessary. People change, our wants and desires for life evolve. It doesn't diminish who were were and who 4.5 Stayed up late, made me sob and emotionally wrecked me stars You guys I have been missing out on reading TJR! This was my first book by her and what an emotional roller coaster. It's a tale of love, loss and letting yourself love again. It was powerful. The idea that that all consuming, one true love of your life doesn't necessarily last forever, and that's not only ok - it just might be necessary. People change, our wants and desires for life evolve. It doesn't diminish who were were and who we loved in the past. It just might not be what we need in the next phase of our life. What Emma, Jesse and Sam go through, together and apart, in this story is absolutely incredible. Their journeys were devastatingly emotional. I felt so torn, wanting happiness and love for all of them. Though I must admit - I was firmly #TeamSam. TJR - you sure know how to tug on a girl's heartstrings!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pearl Angeli

    4 Cried-My-Heart-Out Stars! “I don't think that true love means your only love. I think true love means loving truly. Loving purely. Loving wholly.” Is it wrong for me to rate this book 4 Stars instead of 5 just because Emma's decision in the end didn't work in my favor? Lol. Because if it is, then I am sorry. I loved the writing style of Taylor Jenkins Reid. It's beautiful, compelling, well thought-out. It was perfect! But the ending was not something that I want to happen and I refus 4 Cried-My-Heart-Out Stars! “I don't think that true love means your only love. I think true love means loving truly. Loving purely. Loving wholly.” Is it wrong for me to rate this book 4 Stars instead of 5 just because Emma's decision in the end didn't work in my favor? Lol. Because if it is, then I am sorry. I loved the writing style of Taylor Jenkins Reid. It's beautiful, compelling, well thought-out. It was perfect! But the ending was not something that I want to happen and I refuse to accept it until now. One True Loves took me on quite a ride. It's about Emma Blair and her journey with her two true loves Jesse Lerner and Sam Kemper. She fell in love with Jesse when she was in her 9th grade. In her twenties, the two of them got married and traveled around the world, far from their families in their hometown in Massachusetts. On the day before their anniversary, Jesse flew to Alaska but after a few days, Emma's life was shattered when she heard that the private plane that carried Jesse crashed and his body went missing. Her hopes of finding him alive vanished as the days went by, leading her to presume that he's dead and to return to her hometown and start a new life. Two years later, she unexpectedly reunited with her childhood friend Sam who later on gave her hope of finding true love again. Now that they're already engaged and they're both happy, Emma suddenly received a call from Jesse. He is, after all, alive. “True love doesn't always last. It doesn't always have to be for a lifetime.” I believe this is one of the most beautiful books I've read in my entire life. And most thought-provoking. I loved how the whole story was portrayed, how the romance touched me so deeply, and how the turn of events played my mind. Right off the bat, I knew exactly who to root for and I was really hoping against hope that he will be the "one true love" that Emma will choose. This my first Taylor Jenkins Reid read and I'm already a fan. This author has a way of taking something so emotional and turning it into a beautiful novel. I am so glad I picked this book because even if it broke my heart in the end, the overall journey was worth it. Now if I would be given a chance to change an ending of a book, I would really change the conclusion of One True Loves without hesitating. Ugh. Can you feel my frustration? “Just because something isn't meant to last a lifetime doesn't mean it wasn't meant to be. We were meant to have been.”

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

    4.5 STARS [image error] This is not the most original of storylines and is actually very similar to many movies and other books out there yet somewhere in the delivery and that ending (which I cried at) the author once again gifted me with another very good read. The heroine falls for and marries her high school dream guy and they are perfect for one another. She lives years in a life of adventure and wonder that she had always dreamt of till a horrific accident occurs and he is presumed dead. Th 4.5 STARS [image error] This is not the most original of storylines and is actually very similar to many movies and other books out there yet somewhere in the delivery and that ending (which I cried at) the author once again gifted me with another very good read. The heroine falls for and marries her high school dream guy and they are perfect for one another. She lives years in a life of adventure and wonder that she had always dreamt of till a horrific accident occurs and he is presumed dead. Thereafter, grieving and finally being able to let go and move on she grows into the woman her younger self never wanted to be and falls for the other boy from high school she hadn’t chosen back then. When her husband returns years later who will she chose? ”I don’t think you’re trying to figure out if you love Sam more or Jesse more. I think you’re trying to figure out if you want to be the person you are with Jesse or you want to be the person you are with Sam.” As with all stories this author has written that I have read this too will leave you thinking about the characters yet going the step further and getting the big picture, and the lesson learned. I did find that the story lacked at several parts but still managed to make it well worth the read and it did honestly in the end touch me to the core. ”I am who I am because I loved you once.”

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I hate this feeling—the nagging, incessant, soul-crushing thought that I should have loved this one more. Ugh . . . why oh why didn’t this work for me? This was supposed to be an epic read or so I thought. There is no doubt that Taylor Jenkins Reid can spin highly emotional stories and always with a unique take on a relationship. She has the ability to make you sit back and think—to struggle with your own emotions and conflicted heart—in a way that sets her work apart, but it didn't totally work I hate this feeling—the nagging, incessant, soul-crushing thought that I should have loved this one more. Ugh . . . why oh why didn’t this work for me? This was supposed to be an epic read or so I thought. There is no doubt that Taylor Jenkins Reid can spin highly emotional stories and always with a unique take on a relationship. She has the ability to make you sit back and think—to struggle with your own emotions and conflicted heart—in a way that sets her work apart, but it didn't totally work for me this time. The first line certainly made me pause—can you blame me though?—it's a doozy. “I am finishing up dinner with my family and my fiancé when my husband calls.” I like to think I’m a person that can handle a love triangle, but this definitely tipped the infuriating scale for me. Not because both guys were great or I was worried about one of them ending up unhappy, but because of the way that Emma handled the whole situation. She flip-flopped way too easily between between Jesse and Sam. Not to mention, things were resolved a little too neatly and quickly. In my mind, I think it would take more than a 3-day weekend to come to the realization that Emma did. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great message, one that made total sense, but I think things could have been developed a little bit more. When you love someone, it seeps out of everything you do, it bleeds into everything you say, it becomes so ever-present and ubiquitous, that eventually it becomes ordinary to hear, no matter how extraordinary it is to feel. If I’m being totally honestly, I struggled with the ending, too. I’m not unhappy about the way things turned out—I actually love the choice Emma made—I just think she need to do some major groveling. It felt like a missed opportunity. *Thanks to Atria Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bibi

    Clearly I've been living under a rock because until last week I'd never opened a TJR book, yet here I am, binge-reading. One True Loves resonates with me on a personal level and brought back memories long buried, but more than that, it was an exceptional emotionally wringing story that was sadness and happiness intertwined. Breathtaking, really. Clearly I've been living under a rock because until last week I'd never opened a TJR book, yet here I am, binge-reading. One True Loves resonates with me on a personal level and brought back memories long buried, but more than that, it was an exceptional emotionally wringing story that was sadness and happiness intertwined. Breathtaking, really.

  20. 5 out of 5

    TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover

    I KNOW I KNOW the minority once again. I'm conflicted with this story. I loved the first half of this, but after about 70% or so, there were things I didn't understand and some things I just didn't enjoy. As you may have read from the blurb, Emma and Jesse meet as teenagers, fall in love, and marry. But after a helicopter crash, Jesse goes missing and is assumed to be dead. Fast forward 3 years, Emma moves back home and is reacquainted with a childhood friend, Sam. They start to date, fall in I KNOW I KNOW the minority once again. I'm conflicted with this story. I loved the first half of this, but after about 70% or so, there were things I didn't understand and some things I just didn't enjoy. As you may have read from the blurb, Emma and Jesse meet as teenagers, fall in love, and marry. But after a helicopter crash, Jesse goes missing and is assumed to be dead. Fast forward 3 years, Emma moves back home and is reacquainted with a childhood friend, Sam. They start to date, fall in love, and eventually become engaged. But a few months after their engagement, Jesse is found and returns home. In the beginning, when the characters are in their teenage years, I loved how the author unfolded how they all met and the years that followed. I found the dry witty humor refreshing and I just immediately connected with the story. I really liked Emma’s personality and I loved how insightful it was. Now what didn't work for me is going to be a little harder to explain without spoiling anything. But the last 70% or so was just so ….convenient, and was wrapped up way too neatly in a nice little bow. The way things ended and so easily came together didn't seem realistic to me. At all. I also didn't understand Emma's decisions toward the end. In fact, they angered me quite a bit. Again, I can't say much more without spoiling some parts, so I'll leave a spoiler tag with details for those who want to know below. (view spoiler)[ One of the main things I did not like about this was how Jesse accepts him and Emma aren’t going to be together after 1 conversation. This wasn’t believable to me. They have spent their LIVES loving one another. He comes back fully expecting them to be together. And for him to let her go after one simple conversation didn’t seem realistic. Also, Jesse spent 3 years on a secluded island fighting for his life. For him to come back seemingly fine and with no alteration to his personality, PTSD, anything, was also unrealistic to me. Sure, he admits later on he doesn’t feel “right” and this may have been discussed “off screen”. But someone who goes through that ordeal must have some resonating symptoms. I am sure there are exceptions to this, but I didn’t believe it. And lastly, and the biggest issue for me here: After Emma decides to leave Jesse, and she is 100% sure she wants to be with Sam, she sleeps with Jesse. Again. WHY?! I didn’t understand the need for that and it angered me. Her claim that it was a “goodbye” was ridiculous. And pretty disgusting. And how Sam reacts to basically knowing Emma slept with her once-dead husband? COME. ON. No anger, no resentment. Nothing? Just an “It’s ok, it happened.” That wasn’t believable at ALL. I don’t care how understanding you are. I don’t care if you’re a saint or the Dalai Lama himself. Knowing your fiancé has slept with someone else (multiple times) has got to evoke some emotions and anger. (hide spoiler)] All in all, this was an enjoyable read at first, though I didn’t agree with how a lot of things were handled later on. I do think books like this that involve a sort of love triangle / cheating are a tricky thing to write. Naturally, people are going to pick sides and find the person in the middle selfish and not always understand their decisions. Which is what the main issue was for me. While I can’t deny that the author is a talented writer I enjoyed the first half so much more than the last. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review Find Me On: Instagram ❤ FB Page ❤ FB Blog ❤ Blog

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

    5 BEAUTIFUL STARS "Everything that happened before today feels different now, and I have no idea what happens after this." The first time I read this author, I was impressed by her writing! But, this time, I'm simply amazed! I loved this story so much! It was heartbreaking, emotional, intense and so very beautiful. There were moments I was happy, upset and others where I was crying...and now I'm an emotional wreck.. Her books are like nothing I have read before. I loved her words because they are 5 BEAUTIFUL STARS "Everything that happened before today feels different now, and I have no idea what happens after this." The first time I read this author, I was impressed by her writing! But, this time, I'm simply amazed! I loved this story so much! It was heartbreaking, emotional, intense and so very beautiful. There were moments I was happy, upset and others where I was crying...and now I'm an emotional wreck.. Her books are like nothing I have read before. I loved her words because they are simply beautiful. I have underline so many quotes that I want to read again and again!!I don't think there is anyone who will read this story and not love it! You know that it is something you must learn to live with, something you manage. You start to understand that grief is chronic. That it’s more about remission and relapse than it is about a cure. The story and the characters felt so real. I don't know what will do if I was Emma. The love she shares with two men is like nothing else. It’s beautiful, realistic and unique. I have to admit that I was feeling sad and upset knowing that whoever she choose the other one will be sad. But, the ending was perfect and I loved how Taylor Jenkins Reid manages to make them everything feel perfect. The messages I got from this story are many and made me think. I don't know what else to say to make you read it, but please give it a try, you will not be disappointed! ARC provided by Atria Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    That is one hell of a beautiful story! Got me embracing all the feels, the tears and the occasional nose blowing 🤧 But it's so damn beautiful!!!! This is the kind of book I want my romances to be. This is the kind of book I want to get lost in forever. (True I say this for almost all of my perfect 5 star reads. But the feelings attached to each of them are unique and different though I cherish them all the same.) The writing is so beautiful. (Okay, what other word can I use for 'beautiful' so that I That is one hell of a beautiful story! Got me embracing all the feels, the tears and the occasional nose blowing 🤧 But it's so damn beautiful!!!! This is the kind of book I want my romances to be. This is the kind of book I want to get lost in forever. (True I say this for almost all of my perfect 5 star reads. But the feelings attached to each of them are unique and different though I cherish them all the same.) The writing is so beautiful. (Okay, what other word can I use for 'beautiful' so that I can describe this book as something beautiful without meaning it to be something else?) I got attached to the characters....way too much I guess. Yes, Taylor Jenkins Reid's characters are my family forever once I get to know them. Yes, and I am asking for more. Let's grow old together, my fictional family. My most favourite character has to be, of course, Sam. Because... Duh. Call me a romantic. That kind of devotion is my whole soul burning in calm blue fire. Well, if it happens to me in real life, I might kick his butt for being so romantic. But well, this guy poked my heart. Jesse. I liked him too. But I got really uncomfortable with him around. Yes, I was standing in the middle of the room when the story was happening, so yes, I didn't blink once when he was around. But hell yes, I loved both the romances and yes, like Emma, this reader was almost going to lose her sanity trying to decide who to root for. Well done, Taylor. You got me more heartbroken than the main character. You got me the most happiest when things worked out so well in the end. I wish there were more parts of Marie, Emma's sister, and their parents; as well as Olive's the bestie of Emma. I wish there were more of Sam and Emma than Jessie and Emma. But yes, believe me when I say the book is a perfect package. I have so many favourite lines that I don't know what to do with them except go through them and keep learning. Yes, I love this book so much!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Warda

    My addiction to this story took over and I read it within a few hours. This is what Taylor Jenkins Reid does to you. Review to possibly come once these tears have dried up.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    NOW LIVE!!!!!!!!!! 4.5 stars! "Good things don't wait until you're ready. Sometimes they come right before, when you're almost there." Emma and Jesse were high school sweethearts who lived an adventurous and happy life. In their twenties they married and fully expected to be together forever. But fate intervenes when a year into their marriage Jesse is lost at sea from a helicopter crash and presumed dead by everyone. Three years later and Emma has moved on, her life is completely different NOW LIVE!!!!!!!!!! 4.5 stars! "Good things don't wait until you're ready. Sometimes they come right before, when you're almost there." Emma and Jesse were high school sweethearts who lived an adventurous and happy life. In their twenties they married and fully expected to be together forever. But fate intervenes when a year into their marriage Jesse is lost at sea from a helicopter crash and presumed dead by everyone. Three years later and Emma has moved on, her life is completely different. She lives on the east coast instead of LA, a career as a travel writer has changed into one of a bookstore owner. And Emma is engaged to Sam, an old family friend and is blissfully happy in a way she never expected to be ever again. Then Emma gets a call and finds out Jesse survived. Thus brings on the question, do we only have one true love? "You can't be loyal to two people. You can't yearn for two dreams." Taylor Jenkins Reid never pulls back her punches. I always approach her books with trepidation because so far every single one I have read by her has made me cry. This book was no exception. About 25% in I already had tears in my eyes. Despite being essentially a love triangle I really enjoyed this book. The characters are relatable and tangible. It really makes you wonder how you yourself would react if you were in a similar situation as Emma, or one of her guys. This book was more about Emma's own journey and her self discovery of the person she wanted to be, more than just a simple love triangle in a romance book. The one thing I would have hoped for more from this book was a balance between the two men. By this we got to read more about one man and his effect on Emma and the other a little bit less. I would have liked to see more of Emma's story with the other guy, as I feel it would have provided more insight into their relationship. Thought provoking and charming, One True Loves is memorable experience and a delight to sink one's teeth into. A poignant book about the meaning of a soulmate and whether we are destined in life to have more than one true love. "When you love someone, it seeps out of everything you do, it bleeds into everything you say, it becomes so ever present and ubiquitous, that eventually it becomes ordinary to hear, no matter how extraordinary it is to feel." ARC provided by publisher via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dilek VT

    4,5 stars... That was a book hard to read and hard to process because of the painful situation the characters were dealing with. This is the opening sentence of the novel: "I am finishing up dinner with my family and my fiancé when my husband calls.” Think how painful it would be to lose the love of your life, your husband, your soulmate before you grow old, before even your first anniversary. Imagine the pain and torture that one can suffer in a situation like this. And then, after years of str 4,5 stars... That was a book hard to read and hard to process because of the painful situation the characters were dealing with. This is the opening sentence of the novel: "I am finishing up dinner with my family and my fiancé when my husband calls.” Think how painful it would be to lose the love of your life, your husband, your soulmate before you grow old, before even your first anniversary. Imagine the pain and torture that one can suffer in a situation like this. And then, after years of struggle, trying to heal your wounds, you find love again, another true love, just as real, just as good and you feel happy again and just as you are moving on, your husband comes from the dead and says he is alive. Imagine how much more painful it is then... for the three of them... Their feelings were complicated. For Emma, it was shock, guilt, pain, confusion and happiness... For her husband Jesse, who survived the helicopter crash and found his way back home after 3 and a half years, it was happiness, anger and resentment. For her fiancé Sam, it was a major heartbreak, being on the verge of losing the love of his life to the same person a second time... Yes, Sam lost Emma to Jesse when they were teenagers. This was the worst kind of love triangle in which no one is guilty but everyone is innocent, everyone is right yet, eventually everyone will be hurt in one way or other. All three of them cannot have their happy end. We are given glimpses of the past when Emma and Jesse were happy and together. We learn how much they loved each other and how much she suffered when he was gone. We learn how difficult it was for her to let go. Then, in time, she found her way back to life and started to struggle to find love and happiness again. And she did find another love of her life. We see how happy she is with Sam, how perfect they are together. So, when Jesse comes back, you cannot choose between Sam or Jesse because they are both great guys, which makes the story even more hurtful. I struggled as a reader myself and Emma, as the person experiencing this awkwardly painful situation struggled harder naturally. She felt a lot of things all at the same time. She was confused because she loved both of them. She didn’t know who to choose. While struggling, I wasn’t always happy with the way Emma handled the whole situation. She changed her mind way too quickly and (view spoiler)[she kissed both men, she slept with both men while trying to decide, (hide spoiler)] which pissed me off but I tried to understand how extraordinary her situation was. Who knows what we would do if we were in her shoes, God forbid! So, things develop quite realistically and while Emma learns a life lesson, we also learn a lot about love and loss as well as about second chances in life. I pretty much felt as if I was reading a self-improvement book, highlighting all the beautiful insights... That was a painful and sometimes aggravating read, but I am happy that I have read it, it was a good book, nonetheless. Here are a few quotations from the book for you to see how painful it is for all three of them... “You are my one true love, Jesse. I don’t even think I’m capable of loving anyone else.” *** "It doesn’t mean that I want to let go of the memories of you or the love I have for you. But it does mean that I want to let go of the sadness. I won’t ever forget you, Jesse. I don’t want to and I don’t think I’m capable of it. But I do think I can put the pain down. I think I can leave it on the ground and walk away, only coming back to visit every once in a while, no longer carrying it with me. Not only do I think I can do that, but I think I need to. I will carry you in my heart always, but I cannot carry your loss on my back anymore. If I do, I’ll never find any new joy for myself. I will crumble under the weight of your memory." *** "I was flirting. Me. Flirting. It feels so good to flirt. No one ever talks about that. But in that moment, I felt like flirting was the very thing that made the world go around. The excitement of wondering what the other person will say next. The thrill of knowing someone is looking at you, liking what they see. The rush of looking at someone and liking what you see in them. Flirting is probably just as much about falling in love with yourself as it is with someone else. It’s about seeing yourself through someone’s eyes and realizing there is plenty to like about yourself, plenty of reasons someone might hang on your every word." *** “I don’t know what I did to deserve you.” “Think of all the people in the world,”Sam said, tucking my longest hair behind my ear. “And I was lucky enough to find you twice.” Then I said, “I don’t know how I got so lucky.” I kept it at that. I didn’t say the rest of the sentence that popped into my head. I don’t know how I got so lucky to have both of you. My two true loves. *** "I was joyful that night. I felt as if I was moving forward. I thought that if Jesse could see me from wherever he was, he’d be smiling. What I was not thinking was, Jesse is alive. He’ll be home in two months. Look what I’ve done." "I could have spent my days waiting for him to return from a place I thought he could never come back from. I could have dreamt of the impossible. And my dream would be coming true right now. But I gave up on that dream and went out and found a new one. And in doing so, I’m ruining all of us. You can’t be loyal to two people. You can’t yearn for two dreams." *** “It’s like I’m eighteen all over again,” Sam says. “I love you and I have you and now I’m terrified I’m going to lose you to Jesse for the second time... I feel like my entire body is an open wound and I’m standing next to someone that may or may not pour salt all over me.” *** I’d glue myself to him if I could. For the past three nights, I’ve had dreams of wrapping the two of us together in one rope. I’ve dreamed of tying it tight so neither of us can escape. I’ve dreamed of knots so taut they can’t be undone. Rope so thick it can’t be cut. Sam puts his arms forward onto the shower wall to steady himself. And then he says, “Just . . . just do me a favor.” “Anything.” “Don’t stay with me if you want to be with him,” he says. “Don’t do that to me.” My dreams, the rope and the knots, I know exactly what they mean. You don’t tie yourself to something unless you’re scared you might float away. “I’m saying that I have spent the last three and a half years of my life hoping with everything I have in me to see you again. And if you think that you being engaged to someone else is going to stop me from putting our life back together, you’ve lost your goddamn mind.” *** "I lost you once and I did everything I could to get back to you. Now I’m here, I’m back, and I’m in danger of losing you all over again? This is supposed to be the happy part. Now that we’re here together. This is all supposed to be the easy stuff.” “I don’t think you’re trying to figure out if you love Sam more or Jesse more. I think you’re trying to figure out if you want to be the person you are with Jesse or you want to be the person you are with Sam.” It’s like someone cracked me in half and found the rotten cancer in the deepest, most hidden part of my body. *** “There is nothing more romantic than this. Holding the very person that you thought you lost, and knowing you’ll never lose them again.”

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brandice

    In One True Loves Emma marries Jesse, her high school sweetheart, and they moved to Los Angeles, far away from Massachusetts and the life they grew up with. They travel constantly and enjoy a “live for the moment” lifestyle. One day when Jesse takes an assignment, he doesn’t return home. Wreckage from a plane crash confirms there was an accident and Jesse is presumed to be dead. Emma moves back home to MA to address her grief and works hard to rebuild her life. Now in her early 30s, she reconnec In One True Loves Emma marries Jesse, her high school sweetheart, and they moved to Los Angeles, far away from Massachusetts and the life they grew up with. They travel constantly and enjoy a “live for the moment” lifestyle. One day when Jesse takes an assignment, he doesn’t return home. Wreckage from a plane crash confirms there was an accident and Jesse is presumed to be dead. Emma moves back home to MA to address her grief and works hard to rebuild her life. Now in her early 30s, she reconnects with Sam, another familiar face from high school. Sam is kind, caring, and has a stable life. Eventually they form a relationship then get engaged. Shortly into their engagement, Emma receives a call she never expected - Jesse, letting her know he’s returning home. She’s naturally overcome with shock and disbelief and must decide how to proceed with these relationships and determine who is her one true love. This book raises interesting questions like, how much does a person change? Do people have one true love? What does true love actually mean? While the definition and concept of true love is often subjective and personal, I think it’s only natural to grow as an individual from your early 20s to early 30s. It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of TJR. I’ve liked all of her books that I’ve read, though I don’t think this story is as strong as her others. At parts, it bordered too much into “romance” for my preference. Overall, I enjoyed it and was curious to see what decision Emma would make. Though most people don’t find their significant other missing for 2 years, the emotions and thought process Emma experienced felt realistic. A quick, engrossing read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie B

    If I came up with a list of my favorite current day authors, Taylor Jenkins Reid is on it for sure. Having read her recent books, I'm now working my way back in her catalog. While One True Loves has many of the elements I love about her writing, I do think her writing talent has grown from the time this book was first published. It was a good book and I enjoyed it, but I wouldn't put it in the awesome read category. The story kicks off with a terrific opening line. I didn't bother reading the pub If I came up with a list of my favorite current day authors, Taylor Jenkins Reid is on it for sure. Having read her recent books, I'm now working my way back in her catalog. While One True Loves has many of the elements I love about her writing, I do think her writing talent has grown from the time this book was first published. It was a good book and I enjoyed it, but I wouldn't put it in the awesome read category. The story kicks off with a terrific opening line. I didn't bother reading the publisher synopsis for this one ahead of time so I didn't have a heads up to the basic plot. Let's just say after reading the first sentence, my jaw dropped and then I smiled because I knew I was in for an interesting read. If you have enjoyed other books by this author, take a chance and go in blind. This book is probably best classified as a romance. Now here's the part of my review where you might think I'm crazy but by the time I finished the book I thought it had a similar type vibe to the television show, Grey's Anatomy. Now granted I have not watched that show in years, but I think both the book and show have moments that really touch your heart. But there's also some cheesy dialogue thrown in which you might cringe at but also kinda love at the same time. I think both serve their purpose well in giving you what you want. So yes, this book isn't a perfect read, but it didn't have to be in order for me to enjoy it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lucia

    WARNING: I rarely use spoilers in my reviews but I couldn’t do without them this time. But don’t worry, they are all tagged and they are storyline spoilers only. There are no names of guys mentioned in spoilers so you won’t find out that happened to Jesse or Sam even if you read spoilers. RANTY REVIEW: One True Loves started with great intro and I truly liked scenes from Emma’s past. But once story caught up with present, it went downhill pretty fast. All I got was unhealthy relationships and lov WARNING: I rarely use spoilers in my reviews but I couldn’t do without them this time. But don’t worry, they are all tagged and they are storyline spoilers only. There are no names of guys mentioned in spoilers so you won’t find out that happened to Jesse or Sam even if you read spoilers. RANTY REVIEW: One True Loves started with great intro and I truly liked scenes from Emma’s past. But once story caught up with present, it went downhill pretty fast. All I got was unhealthy relationships and love triangle that made me feel disgusted with heroine instead of feeling sorry for her. I read this book because blurb promised emotional story. And “emotional” it was, just not in the way that I had expected… Just to make things clear before I explain why I hated this story, there is one thing you should know about me – indecisive and selfish heroine is one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to books. And Emma was exactly that. I get it, heroine of this novel was in special and very peculiar situation. I can’t even imagine how I would feel if I widowed, mourned my husband and fell in love again only to find out that my husband wasn’t dead after all. It’s crazy situation so I understand that Emma was confused. But instead of facing situation like an adult and making mature decision, she did stupid thing after stupid thing that hurt everyone involved. The way Emma dealt with the situation and played with other people’s feelings and prides angered me tremendously on personal level. I mean, if she wasn’t sure who of the two guys was her “true love” or with whom she wanted to spend rest of her life, she should have taken some time to think it through or something instead of (view spoiler)[hopping from one guy to another. She definitely shouldn’t have kissed both guys passionately in one day. And she definitely shouldn’t have had sex with one guy, than fuck couple of times with other guy and then come back for more to the first guy. And all of that in matter of couple days! (hide spoiler)] I just couldn’t condone or understand such behavior. And I can’t call such story romantic or emotional. The only emotion I felt was disgust and I’m sure that author aimed to achieve different emotion. Heroine didn’t have backbone (view spoiler)[(Emma reminded me of Kiera from Thoughtless, selfishly wanted both guys and acting on it, she even played make-believe for a while and had sex with one guy who ended up not being her chosen one AFTER she decided she wanted to spend her life with the other guy. Who does something like that? It was disgusting) (hide spoiler)] , one of her “loved ones” was a pushover and the other guy too pushy. Simply said, none of main characters won me over. I don’t deny that writing was high-level and story had nice flow to it, but storyline and characters evoked only negative emotions in me. And since I contemplated to DNF this novel couple of times (and probably would if it wasn’t review copy), I can’t bring myself to rate it any higher than 2 stars. I admit that Taylor Jenkins Reid is talented writer but personally, this story isn’t my cuppa. If you don’t mind love triangles, cheating and indecisive heroine, go for this book. Otherwise stay very very far away from it. *ARC provided by publisher as an exchange for honest review* MORE REVIEWS ON MY BLOG Reading Is My Breathing

  29. 5 out of 5

    ♛ may

    so maybe love triangles aren't the worst thing in the world?? 🤔 ....or maybe that's just TJR's writing magic "“Just because something isn’t meant to last a lifetime doesn’t mean it wasn’t meant to be.” reading this book made me want to jump out of a plane because: 1. the main character found her soul mate (which is already setting unrealistic expectations) 2. ONLY FOR HIM TO DIE (dont worry this isn't spoilers, this is just the beginning of it all) 3. then after grieving him, she finds another so so maybe love triangles aren't the worst thing in the world?? 🤔 ....or maybe that's just TJR's writing magic "“Just because something isn’t meant to last a lifetime doesn’t mean it wasn’t meant to be.” reading this book made me want to jump out of a plane because: 1. the main character found her soul mate (which is already setting unrealistic expectations) 2. ONLY FOR HIM TO DIE (dont worry this isn't spoilers, this is just the beginning of it all) 3. then after grieving him, she finds another soul mate who she becomes engaged to (keeping it totally realistic here, tjr) 4. ONLY FOR HER DEAD HUSBAND TO NOT ACTUALLY BE DEAD and thus her life is set into choices and turmoil!! 😃👍 honestly this might be one of the greatest written love triangles BECAUSE both love interests have a fair chance at winning her heart over usually (in my limited experience) all the love triangles have one VERY OBVIOUS choice and one cheese string as a placeholder for the other guy but tjr said, "stand back, peasants" and wrote two amazing guys who are considerate and kind and !!!!!!! such beautiful souls oh my god !!!!!!! HOW DO YOU MAKE THAT KIND OF DECISION i cried my heart out and THEY AREN'T EVEN REAL anyways, the conclusion was very fitting and i'm glad it went that way, but all i'm saying is that, if that was me, i would have preferred to swim through lava than have to choose between two people who i loved and loved me back ???? “I want to be with someone who lives for me. I want to be with someone who considers me the love of her life. I deserve that.” 4 stars!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Years ago, when I was just a schoolgirl I always told my playmates that when I married, my first dance would be to Bryan Adams "Everything I do, I do it for you." Remember it was on the Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves soundtrack? Imagine my shock years later as a teenager when Adams was interviewed about some of his songs and laughingly mentioned how he cringed when people said they played it at their wedding. His reasoning " no real man would ever say those words to a real woman." Luckily, Taylo Years ago, when I was just a schoolgirl I always told my playmates that when I married, my first dance would be to Bryan Adams "Everything I do, I do it for you." Remember it was on the Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves soundtrack? Imagine my shock years later as a teenager when Adams was interviewed about some of his songs and laughingly mentioned how he cringed when people said they played it at their wedding. His reasoning " no real man would ever say those words to a real woman." Luckily, Taylor Jenkins Reid knows how to write about real people and put them in situations that just leaves this real woman in gut wrenching pain. Admittedly, I was a 3 star rating during Emma's teen years, but soon I was once again sitting in tepid bathtub water(see my review of Maybe in Another Life) as I kept turning the pages. Now while I have never been a Jesse fan(sorry Rory Gilmore), I was deeply in love with Sam. Unlike the author, I am allowed to have a preference for one man over the other, right? Now I just have to find a pair of pj's that advertises us all Read a Mother Fking book. In the event that you read this one- I'll pass you the tissues. I 'll just lay here and listen to Bryan Adams. Goodreads Review published 17/06/19

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