First Comes Love by: Emily Giffin

First Comes Love

I received an ARC of this book from the publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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.

My Review:

Although I have heard of Emily Giffin and the books that she has written, I had never read anything by her.  I know that her book Something Borrowed, is a huge hit and it seems like the type of genre I would enjoy.  I was thrilled to be accepted to read and review her newest book.

This is a story of two sisters and their love/hate relationship; but it is so much more than that.  When tragedy strikes and realization of the truth hits, will forgiveness overcome the pain?  When one sister is known for her less than acceptable behavior and the other is prim and proper their family has to figure out how to react when they reverse roles.

I really enjoyed this story.  It flowed nicely and kept me interested.  I have seen some negative reviews for this book but if you do not take it so seriously, this book is good.  It is a fictional story but it does take a look at the implications of a tragic death and the aftermath.

I gave this 4 crowns.

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