One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid sounded like the book version of Move Over, Darling which was cute, so I figured it would be a sappy rom-com book. I was wrong and I am glad I was. Emma lost her first husband, Jesse, in a tragic helicopter accident on their first anniversary. After moving back home and trying to heal she runs into an old family friend Sam. Sam helps Emma come back into her own and they fall in love. Cue the engagement, the celebration and the return of the long-lost husband.
First of all, the plot line about the husband lost at sea; there is no way that that is believable right? Wrong! It made so much sense in the scope of the story. I must applaud the author as to make such an outlandish scenario ring true take talent. Second, you will pick a team, it will just happen. There is Jesse the high school sweetheart who is presumed dead and there is Sam the sweet man who picked up the pieces of Emma’s grief. You will root for one and cheer when it seems as if the story is headed down your path. Then, if you picked the same team I did, you will be sad, then angry, then accepting but slightly disgruntled when your team loses.
Third, this was a really good read. I enjoyed the drama and the love that infused the book in equal measures. What seemed outlandish actually made the story more powerful and each moment fed very well into the others. Even though I was cranky as Emma picked the wrong man, I loved the path she took to get there.
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.