Summary (from Goodreads):
“From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a People Magazine pick and a “Best Book of the Summer” by Glamour and USA TODAY—comes a breathtaking new love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancé who has finally brought her back to life.
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.”
This is my first book of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s and it won’t be my last. I’ve heard so many people raving about her books, and I can absolutely understand the hype.
I know that love triangles are really played out, but this is a unique take on one. Emma has to choose between her husband—who she thought was dead—and her fiance. While most of the time, there’s a clear winner in who the heroine is supposed to pick, it’s not so simple in this case. Both of the guys are genuinely great and both complement different aspects of Emma’s personality. (It’s pretty telling that there’s really not a wrong choice to make.)
I also love how Taylor Jenkins Reid was able to show exactly why Emma loved Jesse and Sam. The two are incredibly different, but both are great. They both also really obviously love Emma, and—like I said—she would’ve been able to have a great life with either of them.
I hope this ends up becoming a movie. I think it’d be a great one. (This is also probably because I am not ready to say goodbye to Emma and the loves of her life.)