Title: First Comes Love
Author: Emily Giffin
Published: June 28th, 2016
After graduating from Law School at the University of Virginia, Emily Giffin moved to New York to start her career as a litigation lawyer. During her free time (which wasn’t often), Giffin would write in the hopes of one day becoming an author. Although her first novel was rejected, Giffin made the brave decision to pack up and move to London, England where she began writing Something Borrowed. One year later, Emily had finished her novel and was offered a two-book contract with St. Martin’s Press. It was at that point that Emily decided to dive head first into writing, and vowed to never practice law again. It has been eleven years since Something Borrowed was published and Emily Giffin has just released her latest novel Love Comes First.
“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.” -Goodreads Synopsis
Who was my favourite character and why?
Josie was hands down my favourite character. At the beginning of the novel we see that she isn’t happy with the way her life is headed, but as the novel progresses Josie is able to determine the important things in life and fight for what she wants. This novel is a coming of age novel of sorts for Josie, as she had to grow up faster than most when tragedy struck her family fifteen years earlier.
Did the story keep you on the edge of your seat?
I enjoyed the interaction between the characters, the emotional backstory, as well as the insightful way that Emily dealt with each character’s grief in a different manner. There were definitely a few twists and turns in this novel that I could not have expected, and I enjoyed that it wasn’t predictable.
Something I would change about the novel?
This novel was a good read and I speed through it pretty quickly, however, the ending left me wanting to know what would happen next with the main characters. Also, I’m not sure how I feel about Meredith’s character as a whole. She has the ‘perfect’ life, yet all she focuses on are the negatives.I suppose that is a demonstration of Emily’s writing abilities to make the reader feel powerful emotion (whether positive or negative) towards her characters.
Overall, I would give this novel 3 out of 5 tea mugs; great character development and realistic dialogue!
Which of Emily Giffin’s novels is your favourite?
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