Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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WARNING: This review contains mild spoilers. Read at your own risk!

I am such a huge Taylor Jenkins Reid fan so naturally I voted for One True Loves for the September book with my book club!

When you lose someone you love, it’s hard to imagine that you’ll ever feel better. That, one day, you’ll manage to be in a good mood simply because the weather is nice or the barista at the coffee shop remembered your order.

But it does happen.

The Synopsis:

“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.”

Read This If You Love…

  • Intense romances
  • Love triangles
  • Growth of characters

And what has confused me ever since I found out he was alive is now crystal clear: We are two people who are madly in love with our old selves. And that is not the same as being in love.

My Review

This is the fourth TJR novel and so different from Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones, and Evelyn Hugo! So. Different.

Despite being different, I still loved this original and intriguing story. It really made me wonder… What would I do if my husband went missing and then turned up years later? The honest truth is that I don’t actually know. Mostly because I just try to not think about something like that. 

One True Loves has a lot of intense emotions and a couple of WTF moments. It’s definitely not the usual romcom I review! I do often wonder what goes on in Taylor Jenkins Reid’s mind – I’ve wondered that since I read Malibu Rising. This book in particular just has the most original plot from any other romance I’ve read and the two men Emma finds herself choosing between are total opposites. She has a special connection with each of them.

Ultimately, it was obvious to me that Emma wasn’t just choosing between two men; she was choosing between two versions of herself, too.

This book did NOT end the way I expected it to, either.

Overall, One True Loves was an odd combination of a bittersweet but heartwarming love story. I gets four out of five paws from me!

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