A woman has to decide on her future after the husband she thought had died in an accident is found alive.
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I loved all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s three latest novels, so I thought I’d dive into her backlist. This is a love story with a compelling premise: what if, years after their presumed death, the one you loved and lost turns out to be alive?
That’s what Emma faces after losing her beloved husband, Jesse, in a helicopter accident. She grieves deeply, moves back with her family, and falls in love again. But then Jesse is found, after surviving and fighting his way back to her. Now Emma has to decide whether Jesse is part of her future.
This felt more like a Katherine Center novel than the bold, big stories from Jenkins Reid’s latest novels–not a bad thing, as I enjoy Center’s work as well, but different. Not a standout, but wonderful writing and a sweet love story.
In her twenties, 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 in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.
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 thirties, 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. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.
Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?
Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.