Finished First Comes Love by Emily Giffin. I received a copy for review from the publisher.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“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.
Emotionally honest and utterly enthralling, First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever that may lead.”
This is an incredibly fun novel, perfect for vacation. And yet, there’s also a lot of depth (it’s about a family, so OBVIOUSLY, right?). It’s told by the perspectives of Josie and Meredith, sisters who are very different. Meredith is married and has a daughter, but she’s not sure she should stay with her husband. Meanwhile, Josie loves her job but wonders if maybe she should have a baby—even though she’s not currently even dating someone.
And their brother Daniel’s death looms large over everything, and there’s more to that than meets the eye.
I always forget just how much I enjoy Emily Giffin’s books and this one is no exception.