In her 20s 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. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest.
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 30s, 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.
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Heart breakingly beautiful.
Taylor Jenkins Reid is a master at weaving a story. She makes you fall in love with all the characters.
There are too many scenes that were great to pick a favorite. When Emma fell in love with Jesse and then with Sam, I felt for them also.
There was point when it did make me cry. No spoilers!
The whole story was pulled together nicely and perfectly. Just a great read.
Simply stated, this was a poignantly written story about true love...
I am not one to write a review that gives a play by play of the plot, but I want to convey that this is an utterly amazing novel that connects you to the heart and soul of the extremely well-developed characters. The pace of this deeply moving story was perfect...Taylor Jenkins Reid is an exceptionally gifted author with the ability to captivate, entertain and emotionally engage the reader through her powerful writing. And Julia Whelan's narration captured the emotions of the character beautifully!
Great tale that made me question what I would do in that situation. Life hands us tough stuff and I loved the letter Emma wrote to Jesse and how she gave herself permission to put down the shell. You will get that statement when you listen.
This is a story that inspires perseverance, passion, forgiveness and appreciation. Great listen!
Heartfelt, suspenseful, a little too short (I know, that's not one word)
Sam. I felt for him when Emma didn't go for him in high school, and I so wanted her with him later on. I loved his kindness, levelheadedness, and his great sense of humor.
Sam and Emma's first date.
I love Julia Whelan's voice, and have listened to her many many times. I do so wish she could do male voices better, though. All the men always sound the same.
I loved how the story and the characters developed. the narration was amazing as always
my only criticism would he tht I wish tht there was more of an epilogue. But, an amazing book none the less
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
As I sit looking at the blinking cursor contemplating my Review..... words simply fail me as I try to summarize my thoughts.... because this is just so achingly tragic, so achingly beautiful and so achingly heartbreaking. What Emma, Jesse and Sam had to face was emotionally draining and the decision that Emma had to make was intense, raw and rips your heart out and your tears fill the void. It's not a love triangle... it's about old love and new love and the terrible dilemma when they collide.
This Author has written a spectacular love story... twice - and I know I'm going to have such a book hangover after this because of the histories shared, the words spoken, the sentiments given and the deep emotions that this story provoked will stay with me for a long time. Told from Emma's POV and the only complaint I have was that there was far far too many "he said - she said" and the variety of words that replace the 'saids'. The female narrator does a great male voice and you could easily tell who was talking so they were unnecessary and it would've flowed better if they just weren't SAID.
Worth a credit? Yes.... it's a 10 star romantic tragedy with a HEA ending that you really shouldn't miss.
Though I'm not big on romantic novels I bought this one on a daily deal based in the reviews. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the relationship challenges between all the characters. Worth the time and money.
The story had potential but quickly became predictable and sophomoric. I would not classify this novel as real literature but rather chic-lit.
I don't usually write full reviews, but I just HAD to say how very much I loved this book. It completely owned me, heart and soul, as I read it. I don't know if I've ever been so moved by a book before. And I read/listen to a book every 1-2 days! So, yeah...this one has become a new top favorite of mine. I highly recommend it!
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