I read First Comes Love by Emily Giffin a while back and completely forgot to write and share a review. Today I’m sharing my thoughts on the novel.
First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
The story begins with a wonderful man having an untimely death. He was someone that truly understood the important things in life, that love and family comes before everything. He was going to be a doctor and save lives. After he dies, the people he leaves behind keep wondering all the what ifs, but you can’t go back in time and change the course of your life. Life happens, whether we want it to or not.
The story goes back and forth between Josie and Meredith, Daniel’s two sisters. The story is based around one ugly part of their past, and it has wrapped itself around almost every aspect of their lives. There are so many interconnected parts to the overall story of their lives. Life isn’t always perfect, and neither is love. Yet love is this wonderful constant in so many aspects and areas of our lives. It is so precious and wonderful, and is the most important thing in life.
Above all, the most important thing in life is love. Love for your friends, your spouse, your children, your family. Loving one another, supporting one another, and being there for one another through good times and bad is vitally important. Learning to overcome the bad stuff in forgiveness and find love is not always easy, but it’s worth it.
This was a great story and is one that I would recommend to anyone that enjoys women’s fiction.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
I received a complimentary review copy via NetGalley. All reviews 100% reflect my honest opinion.
About the Book
Author: Emily Giffin
Published: June 2016
Book Blurb: In this dazzling new novel, Emily Giffin, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Where We Belong, and The One & Only introduces a pair of sisters who find themselves at a crossroads.
Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond.
Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter ends up in her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.
On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately, Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired.
As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover they need each other more than they knew . . . and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first.
Emotionally honest and utterly enthralling, First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever that may lead.
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