Book Talk: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Women’s Fiction
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Publication on 7-June-2016 by Dreamscape Media
I love Julia Whelan’s narration, so when I finished with an audiobook that was narrated by her, I went looking for another one by her, and that’s how I stumbled upon One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I had never heard of this author before so the only credibility this novel had was that it was narrated by one of my favorite audiobook narrators.
To simply put, this is a love triangle. But wait a minute, don’t let that put you off. It’s nothing like a love triangle that you might have read before.
I’m finishing up with dinner with my family and my fiancé when my husband calls.
Talk about drawing the reader in with the first line.
This story broke my heart in more than one way.
The loss of a loved one is a difficult topic to talk about and especially of your husband. The author had me wrapped up in the story where I could picture myself in the shoes of the protagonist, Emma. It evoked feelings and heartbreaks that are caused by the decisions that were made.
What does it mean to love truly?
The title of the story One True Loves might help suggest what it means. How you can love more than one person as you keep evolving and changing. How the death of Emma’s husband changed her as a person that she could no longer be with a person like her husband anymore. (Does that make sense.)
Just because you don’t love someone the same way anymore doesn’t mean your love for that person was any less at the time.
As much as it broke my heart, the story stayed with me and probably that’s why it’s taken me so long to talk about it.
It was very engaging, and you don’t know which way it’s going to go. You feel just as conflicted yourself because the author has done a pretty good job of making the reader fall in love with both the love interests.
My rating is 5 stars.
Other books by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
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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 in 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.