[685]: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

27189194 One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Stand Alone | Adult Contemporary Romance
Washington Square Press | Paperback, 327 pp.
Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
Source: Bought
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


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.


With incredible trepidation, I finally succumbed to the peer pressure and took this book off my TBR shelf. I was a little wary of the story, to be honest. Going in, I knew that a love triangle was in the offing. Most of you who has recommended this book probably tried to placate us in some way. That the irritation we will feel for that unfortunate relationship dynamic will be temporary, albeit heightened. Well, I’m glad y’all talked me into reading this. If you’ve ever seen someone in tears while vacuuming, then you can imagine the state I was in while listening to the audio book. I cried when one of her loves disappeared. I cried when her other love gave her the freedom to choose. It was very emotional, with a love triangle that I didn’t think I could stomach let alone appreciate.

I get it now. Taylor Jenkins Reid writes with incredible introspective into relationships. And this after only reading one book. It wasn’t just about the delicate relationships between three people who found themselves in a precarious situation. One that could spell heartbreak for a lot of people involved. She also wrote about a family with realistic dynamics. Readers will see the ever changing kinship between sisters; one that started out as fragile as sibling relationships go but would eventually strengthened with the passing of time. In this book, family is everything. Emma’s family was there to help her pick up the pieces when her husband disappeared; and they were there when her fiance decided to give her time and space.

As for the dreaded love triangle, I say hike up your skirts and just dive into it. It will hurt for a bit but the ending will be nothing short of a joyous reward.

  • See, I don’t mind love triangles… I just hope that they work out ok. Glad you took the plunge!

  • I was hesitant to pick up this
    book for the same reasons as you. I’ve seen some mixed reviews along with very positive
    ones. But you managed to write about this book so beautifully that I want to
    read it . Incredible review, Joy.

  • I heard the audio and read it (read it first, then audio). TJR has a way of just getting raw emotions so well. You need to try all her other books. ESPECIALLY After I Do! Agghhhhhh, I love it!

    Nereyda│ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

  • I usually despise love triangles, but dammit Taylor Jenkins Reid knows what she’s doing. I have read all of her books except one and she never fails to amaze me with her talent. I am so glad you gave it a chance and that you loved it. Great review.

  • I’m glad you finally gave in to the peer pressure and read this one, Joy. It really was an emotional book for me too. I had no idea what the heck to do with all my emotions. And that damn triangle! It was too much for my poor heart! No other author can make me love a book about a love triangle.
    P.S I’m laughing a little at your image of crying while vacuuming. I know I know, but it’s just a bit funny! <3 🙂

  • I’ve got Maybe In Another Life on my TBR and it definitely sounds like this one was another winner that really moved you Joy! Lol I gotta admit, I haven’t seen anyone in tears while vacuuming, but that’s just me 😉

    • Maybe in Another Life was AMAZING!!! It is still my favorite book by this author. You must read it!!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I’m glad you gave this a shot and really loved it. I need to read it soon! It should be the next book for my auctions too – if you want to try and “win” an annotated copy!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • Wonderful review – I’m so glad you gave this one a chance. This book made me sob. Like ugly sob. It’s so incredibly. All of her books are this way – I recommend reading more of them when you can!

  • Interesting. Love triangles can be awful, but there are times that they serve a purpose. I would be interested in reading this story myself. You have totally peaked my curiosity.

  • RO

    Never having been in a situation like this, I have to admit it seems like an impossible nightmare, and it would be tough to be pick up. But it sounds as if the author has done this much justice, and pulled you in, so I may have to give it a try. Hugs…RO

  • I really don’t think I could stomach a love triangle, much less one like this. Maybe I need to try it, though. Great review!

  • I actually had never read the synopsis of this book until now and it sounds so, so trying. I can’t even imagine what a scenario like this must be… when you’ve written someone off as dead and it turns out they’re alive as ever. On my TBR.

  • I am not an avid romance reader, but everytime I read your reviews, I will add one or two to my TBR list–my February will definitely be filled with romance lol….

  • Ekkk love triangle! I am glad it worked out

  • Glad to out an engaging Contemporary Romance on my TBR!! I also am put off by love triangles in books, so glad it was good despite that. Awesome Review! Tori @ In Tori Lex

  • Now the reason I would hesitate in picking this one up isn’t because of the triangle, but the drama. However, I think this is one that once I dove in, I would end up loving it. Will have to mark it at my library.

  • It’s great to have an author who writes like that. I didn’t know about this one but it looks well done

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I’m glad you enjoyed this!! I liked it a lot but I couldn’t get past so many issues that I always have with love triangles. I really loved one of her previous books, Maybe in Another Life. It starts out a bit slow but it completely sold me on her hype. Great review, Joy!