One True Loves
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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.
In anticipation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s newest book, Malibu Rising, next month, I decided to take a dive into her back catalogue by reading one of her earlier books, One True Loves. After absolutely adoring both Daisy Jones and Evelyn Hugo much like most of the bookish community, I was really excited to get stuck into this one, although I have to admit it didn’t exactly hit the same mark as the former pair, but I did still enjoy it! Let’s delve into a bit more.
One True Loves has a great premise: Emma and Jesse were childhood sweethearts and after being together for almost 10 years, they get married. But on their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is in a horrible helicopter crash and is presumed dead. After grieving him, she finds Sam, who helps her to love again. But just as Sam and Emma are celebrating their engagement three years later, Jesse shows up alive.
I loved the idea of this book, and I knew that an author like Jenkins Reid would be able to conjure a believable, but complicated love triangle and actually pull it off. It was written really beautifully, and the prose was excellent. I found myself for the most part absolutely torn between Sam and Jesse and really felt for Emma, the main character. I couldn’t imagine the struggle of that actually happening to you, so I was really rooting for her to make the right decision the whole way through. It definitely kept me gripped from the very beginning, that’s for sure.
However I do sort of wish that I read this before I read Evelyn Hugo or Daisy Jones, because I think that I put such a massive expectation on this after such amazing books that it just didn’t live up to the hype. That’s no reflection on Jenkins Reid as an author, but it was more so a case of right book, wrong time. I did enjoy and definitely would recommend, but it just didn’t have the same star power as Evelyn or Daisy. But enough comparing! I’m still very excited for her newest book that publishes next month, and I do want to eventually get around to some more books in her back catalogue!