Review | One True Loves – Taylor Jenkins Reid


“You can’t capture love in a bottle. You can’t hold on to it with both hands and force it to stay with you.”

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.

The synopsis sums up the entirety of the book.

“I am who I am because I loved you once.”

This was an emotional and thought-provoking story about a woman who has to figure out who she is and who/what she feels is right for her.

“True love doesn’t always last. It doesn’t always have to be for a lifetime.”

When her husband, Jesse, comes back she is torn between the love of life then and the love of her life now, Sam, her fiancee. Jesse doesn’t like the new Emma, he doesn’t like all the changes she’s done in the three years he’s been gone. She’s become a completely different person than she was when she was with Jesse.

“I had predicated my life on the idea that I wanted to see everywhere extraordinary, but I’d come to realize that extraordinary is everywhere.”

Who will Emma choose? Read this book, take the journey with Emma and have tissues ready. OTL is a must read.

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