One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Washington Square Press on June 7th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
“Just because something isn’t meant to last a lifetime doesn’t mean it wasn’t meant to be.”
Is 2019 the year where I become obsessed with the contemporary romance genre?! Spoiler alert: If they’re all as good as Jenkins Reid’s books, well, yeah. I’m going to become obsessed.
One True Loves is about Emma Blair who is unexpectedly forced to make a choice between her long thought dead husband and the fiancé who gave her a second chance at happiness.
Jenkins Reid never fails to impress me with her writing. She always creates beautiful love stories that have characters who continue to evolve throughout the story. She doesn’t just do this with the main characters — she does this with even the peripheral ones too.
We didn’t just get to see Emma grow as a person in her relationships and outside of them. But we got a sense of what it was like for Marie to get married and become a mom of twin girls. Emma’s parents were supportive of Emma, but we also witnessed their relationship develop through the years.
I loved the way Jenkins Reid split the book into three sections. I could see how an author would be tempted to have each chapter going back and forth in the timeline. I’ve seen it done before, and more often than not, it becomes messy and hard to follow.
I always take away something special after reading her books. She can breathe new life to a cliché sentiment or a tired trope. I walk away being inspired to embrace who I am. I don’t know if she ever intended to do that, but it’s wonderful.
It’s a beautiful, compelling, and well thought out book. Even though you might be rooting for one man over the other to be Emma’s “one true love,” it’s so hard to choose!
I found myself going back and forth, but I was very satisfied by the ending. It was a heartbreaking journey to go on though. She really takes you on an emotional rollercoaster that seems to go on and on until the end.
If you’re looking for a quick read in the romance genre, I’d highly recommend this. It’s not cheesy at all. And there are so many lines you’ll want to highlight so you can reread them.