Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Summer Reading Challenge: First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

This summer, members of the Vise Library are participating in a Summer Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!  This week's book is First Comes Love by Emily Giffin!

About the book:

A pair of sisters find themselves at a crossroads in this dazzling new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Where We Belong, and The One & Only.First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever that may lead.

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 delicate bond splinters.

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 is assigned to 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 that they need each other more than they knew—and that in the search for true happiness, love always comes first.
The night that Josie and Meredith's brother, Daniel, passed away changed their lives forever.  Neither sister has really dealt with his death in the fifteen years that have passed since Daniel's tragic accident.  Josie is a teacher that is having to deal with the fact that her ex-boyfriend's daughter is now in her class.  It is making her question a lot of things and one of them is motherhood.  She also has a sinking feeling that she may have played a role in her brother's accident (but did she??).  Meredith is struggling with her marriage.  She feels like there is something missing and wonders if they got together because of death of her brother.  Meredith and Josie have a tumultuous relationship at best.  They do not see eye to eye a lot of times and Meredith struggles with the fact that Josie never talks about Daniel.  Each sister has a decision to make and it will not be an easy journey. 

This is a book about relationships, family and if there is a "right" way to go about things.  This book shows that everybody grieves in different ways and that just because someone does not grieve they way that we do does not make it wrong.  I loved that Josie was such a "glass half full" type of person but wasn't obnoxious about it.  Meredith was always looking for something more and eventually learns try to find happiness instead of it just being there.  If you are a fan of Giffin's writing then you will enjoy seeing past character's incorporated into this story.  Ultimately this was a very heartfelt book and shows how the power of forgiveness (including forgiving ourselves) and love can make such an impact on our lives.  I am sure that this book will be enjoyed by a lot of people and become Giffin's next bestseller.  Our copy is available for checkout in our Popular Collection

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About the author:

Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of seven New York Times bestselling novels, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love The One You're With, Heart of the Matter, Where We Belong, and The One & Only, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and three young children.

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