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.
One true loves is a story about past love, current love and how to deal with lost love once it comes back. Emma and Jesse meet in high school and fall madly in love with each other. They get married and share a short but beautiful life together. Then tragedy strikes and Jesse goes missing and is presumed dead. This sends Emma into an tailspin of depression and emotion and sort of sets the tone for her mind set going forward.
Emma goes through so much heartache, I'm talking like Twilight heartache, when Bella was aching after Edward left. Her pain was palpable and you could feel every ounce of it pour out through the pages. Poor girl, I felt so bad for her. Her parents and her friend Olivia stand by her and she even mends her relationship with with her sister Marie, and finds forgiveness in her most desperate moments.
Emma decides to move back home, and away from her home that she shared with Jesse. And this is when she runs into Sam, who she's also known since high school. She had a nice friendship with Sam but Jesse was always number one, so her relationship with Sam never went beyond that. This is the part of the book that gained some speed for me. I absolutely love what the Author did with the character development in regards to Emma, and I absolutely fell in love Sam and how she incorporates him into Emma's new life. Sam is seriously like dream man material.
Just when Emma and Sam seem perfectly happy and settled into their new life, Emma gets a phone call that Jesse is alive. And there's no spoilers here I promise, it states this in the blurb. But this is when my heart dropped, because at this point I was so invested in Sam, and I just knew there was a chance that she would go back to Jesse. I can't imagine what it must feel like to love two people at once, let alone have them desperately love you back. And then you have to CHOOSE, oh my, no thanks.
Emma seems to be in an impossible situation, and this is probably the ONLY part that I didn't really enjoy. I won't say what happened but I just felt Emma was being slightly selfish with the emotions of both men. Granted, if I were in her shoes there's no telling what I would do, so I will hold my judgement. I wasn't pissed or anything, I just felt somewhat unsettled.
With that being said, the writing was truly fantastic, slow at times, but very well thought out and extremely meaningful, and the Author's analogies about love and the effects of that love were amazing and some of the best I've ever read. I want to add them to my review so badly, but I'm almost positive they would be too spoilery.
I really love the message behind the story, it really is a beautiful thing to discover yourself and realize that true love doesn't have to be defined by one person or one moment in time, true love is defined by how you take charge of your own life and those choices that you make throughout that help you grow up and evolve. And I want to thank the Author for conveying that message because I really felt it deeply, and I didn't necessarily get it during the reading of this book, but I definitely got it by the end. So just like the characters in the story, I too evolved while reading it, and that's pretty amazing.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
“You don’t tie yourself to something unless you’re scared you might float away.”
Emma Blair meets her first love in high school. The connection is instant. It is felt deep within the pages of their story. They fall easily. As if they were meant to be. Soul mates. It’s no surprise that they marry and embark on a life that only a young couple in love could do. They inspire each other. Their love is simply timeless. When tragedy strikes and Jesse goes missing, Emma is left devastated. Lost. Her heart simply feels dead. She is numb. Overcome with grief, she picks herself up and moves back home. A place she told Jesse she never felt like she belonged. Little did she know that fate had something else in mind.
“When you love someone, it seeps out of everything you do, it bleeds into everything you say…”
When Sam re-enters Emma’s life she is still mourning the loss of Jesse. But Sam? He makes things a little lighter. He numbs the pain. Makes it easier to breathe. Soon enough she falls for Sam and his beautiful soul. If there was anyone that could be the definition of a selfless love, it would be Sam. One day, years after Jesse’s death, Emma gets news that he was found. Alive. And Jesse is ready to come home to the only love he’s ever known. How does Emma choose? Is that even possible? What do you do when loving two people means breaking hearts?
“I’ll never ask you to tell me I’m your one true love. I know for someone like you, that isn’t fair. And I’ll never ask it.”
This is my first book by this author, but definitely not my last. I did have some issues with the pacing and I wanted to feel the tug of hearts between these three a little deeper. I thought it was just at the surface and I yearned for a bit more. Nevertheless, the story was thought provoking, well written and a testament to whether we can ever have one true love. The declarations of love within this book are beautiful, heartbreaking, and overwhelming. Profound even. I was moved by these characters and their strength. Without giving anything away, you will fall in love with Jesse and Sam. They both love Emma deeply and unconditionally. And the author allows you to feel that love. I recommend reading this beautifully honest and genuine love story.
“Think of all the people in the world. And I was lucky enough to find you twice.”
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