Saturday, June 4, 2016

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 6 Cups of Coffee
From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a PeopleMagazine pick and a "Best Book of the Summer" by Glamour andUSA TODAY—comes a breathtaking new love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancĂ© who has finally brought her back to life.

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 fiancĂ©, 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.

Natasha’s Experience:
Another phenomenal read from TJR. I have found my favorite read from 2016 – it may seem too early to say this but I will shout it from the rooftops: this is my favorite read from 2016!

“Good things don’t wait until you’re ready. Sometimes they come right before, when you’re almost there. And I figured when that happens, you can let them pass by like a bus not meant for you. Or you can get ready. So I got ready."

Emma Blair is in the toughest position anyone in love can be in – she is in love with two amazing people. It isn’t as simple as it sounds; it is complex in ways that may seem incomprehensible. Growing up, Emma knew that she wanted to get away from her small-town life. She wasn’t going to be tied down to the roots her family had created; she was meant for greater things that Acton, Massachusetts couldn’t possibly give her.

“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.”

Emma meets the love of her life, Jesse, in high school and falls harder than she ever thought was possible. She is in love, and she is happy. She lives this life of travel, of adventure, of pure bliss with her soul mate standing beside her – until one day he isn’t anymore. Jesse goes missing and Emma is wrecked to the core. In order to pick up the pieces of her now shattered heart, she decides to move back home and figure out what it is she is supposed to do now that her person is gone. Taylor Jenkins Reid writes with such honest emotion that you can’t help but feel every bit of feeling that Emma is going through. I read and read and read until the words on the pages were no longer just words, until the feelings were no longer fiction -- they were reality.

“There is other love out there for me. But it’s different. It isn’t this. It isn’t this exact love. It’s better and it’s worse. But I guess that’s sort of the point of love between two people –you can’t recreate it. Every time you love, everyone you love, the love is different. You’re different in it.”

Emma grows into herself and becomes stronger with every passing day. She reunites with Sam, a friend from her past, and starts to think that maybe she can be in love again. Maybe she can believe in love again.

When Jesse turns up alive, Emma is forced to confront both her past and present love lives. I’m stopping this review here because I can’t say much without giving away anything that could potentially be spoiler-ish. Just know this: #TeamEmma is the only team that truly matters.

Here’s where I gush over this story and how I feel changed by it. Isn’t it incredible to be able to read a book and immediately know that you have found a gem of wisdom, a text full of truths that you didn’t know you needed to read until you’ve read it? The whole reason I read is to find stories like ONE TRUE LOVES – stories that shape the way I view the world, and the way I view love (in all forms).

“It is hard to be so honest, so vulnerable, so exposed. But I find that it always leads you someplace freer.”

It’s no surprise to anyone that I have loved every one of TJR’s stories. It’s rare for me to love every single one of a particular author’s books. I like to think that maybe I find pieces of understanding in every one of TJR’s books. This book gave me something that I can’t ever imagine having to live without. Having multiple loves of your life is entirely possible. To some, this might not be a belief we share. Some believe that soulmates are a reality (I won’t discredit this; it may very well be true) but what happens when you lose your soulmate? Do you go on alone? ONE TRUE LOVES will have you asking all kinds of rhetorical questions that beg to be answered. If this book doesn’t leave you in a deep, introspective mood, you should probably read it again…and again. 

Alex's Experience: 

Hello, I am going to put some thoughts of mine in this review as well because I loved this book so dang much. I'm so glad I was given the opportunity to read it (thanks, Natasha!), and I must say that while I loved the story, I got so much more out of the message behind Emma's thoughts and actions than the actions themselves. Emma spends the majority of the novel torn between two men, but to me it was more like she was torn between two versions of herself. In the end, I was neither #TeamJesse or #TeamSam, but #TeamEmma. #TeamLearningThatChangeIsGood. #TeamPeopleArentStagnant.

"People aren't stagnant. We evolve in reaction to our pleasures and our pains."

While this book is a love story, it's more than just a woman falling in love with a man (or in Emma's case, two men). It's about a woman learning to love the person she becomes after tragedy. It's about learning that love changes with time. It's about learning that it's okay to love and let go of your past. It's about knowing that your experiences don't define you, but rather how you react and change with each defining moment. I went into this book expecting another great read from TJR -- which it was -- but I wasn't expecting to find lessons that I didn't even know I needed to hear. I hope you find your own lessons in this book. There are so many. 

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About the Author

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She is the author of Forever, Interrupted, After I Do and Maybe In Another Life. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.

5 comments:

  1. Awesome review! Thank you!!

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  2. I cannot wait to read this book! :)

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  3. Love your review!! This book sounds SO amazing!!

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  4. Loved the reviews! Can't wait to read this book :D
    Also, is the giveaway International?

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