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. Read more...
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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.
Praise for Emily Giffin
Emily Giffin ranks as a grand master. . . . She has traversed the slippery slopes of true love, lost love, marriage, motherhood, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption that have led her to be called a modern-day Jane Austen. " Chicago Sun-Times"
A dependably down-to-earth, girlfriendly storyteller. " The New York Times"
Giffin s talent lies in taking relatable situations and injecting enough wit and suspense to make them feel fresh. " People"
Emily Giffin is the creator of characters so real and so enthrallingly flawed that people sometimes forget they are fictional. " Atlanta Journal-Constitution"
When it comes to writing stories that resonate with real women, bestselling author Emily Giffin has hit her stride. " San Francisco Chronicle"
Giffin knows a thing or two about writing a page turner. "Southern Living"
Giffin s writing is true, smart, and heartfelt. "Entertainment Weekly""
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-05-30
- Reviewer: Staff
Fans of Giffin’s will find much to love in her chronicle of the rocky relationship between two disparate sisters 15 years after the death of their older brother, Daniel. Meredith is now a lawyer who’s always felt that she’s needed to make sacrifices in order to keep her fragile parents happy. She’s been married to Daniel’s childhood best friend, Nolan, for almost seven years, though she’s long doubted their love for each other. Josie is content as a first grade teacher but longs to be a mother herself, though at 37 she’s thinking about giving up on dating and having a kid on her own through a donor. Her decision is spurred by having in her class the daughter of a former flame, which also triggers memories of his role in the night that Daniel died. Meredith views Josie as self-centered and immature, while Josie sees her sister as tightly wound and judgmental. Chapters alternate from each sister’s point of view, convincing the reader to see things from both perspectives. In her lead-up to the book’s climax and big secret, Giffin manages to explore numerous themes about this sibling relationship: holding on to the past, expectations, and forgiveness. This is Giffin at her finest—a fantastic, memorable story. (July)