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Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

In her 20s, 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 30s, 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. But who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

©2016 Taylor Jenkins Reid (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Critic reviews

"No one does life and love better." (InStyle)

 "Earth-shaking...you will flip for this epic love story." (Cosmopolitan)

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Adorable moments and heartbreak

Loved this book the author has fast become my new fav. I love how she brings the characters to life to the point where you don’t want to let go of them. Looking forward to a new read. My fav is still the 7 husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Malibu rising a close second.

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Great concept but badly executed

I read the synopsis of this book and was really interested. However the book itself is really quite lack lustre - there’s no real development of character for the two guys, or any of the characters really. It’s just a long monologue about how much the main character loves each of them. I found the narration poor too, the narrator cannot do a male voice at all, it got really annoying.

The best thing about this book is that the author went on to write The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo which is fantastic and I recommend wholeheartedly. It’s quite shocking they’re written by the same author!

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Made me cry

This is definitely not the height of literature… nor is it as compelling and arresting as Seven Husbands. There are however beautiful moments, intimacy, heart break and a taste of what it’s like to feel in love through the pages of a book and the eyes of characters. As the title of the review says, it made me cry, and even though I know it’s not perfect, it made me feel and I enjoyed it!

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  • 22-05-22

A touching story that gets you thinking

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved how it showed me a different perspective on one’s true love