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One True Loves, by Taylor Jenkins Reid (audiobook read by Julia Whelan)

Emma marries her childhood sweetheart Jesse and they embark on their life together, following their dreams and encouraging each other. Jesse heads off on an expedition by helicopter but doesn’t come home after a fatal crash. Emma re-evaluates her life and slowly learns to live again. She is even brave enough to fall in love again, but, as her wedding day to Sam approaches, Jesse calls to say he has survived and wants to come home to her…
One True Loves is a hugely emotional novel with a massive dilemma which is brilliant for making the reader think ‘what if’ and how they would deal with the situation.
The book starts with Emma and Sam happily planning their wedding whilst surrounded by family. Next Emma gets a phone call which splits her heart in two. Jesse is alive and has returned home after being marooned on an island for two years. Now he wants his wife and his life back but she has moved on whilst never stopping loving Jesse.
I really felt torn in two for Emma as she rebuilds her life and opens her heart again, only for everything to crash back down again. The plot developments are brilliant and I had no idea how things would pan out or even how I wanted the situation to resolve. I loved the characters and felt so happy when Sam and Emma got together after all those years then devastated when their happiness is at risk.
One True Loves is a wonderful novel about true love striking twice.
One True Loves book cover
Book blurb:
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 fiance, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants while trying to protect the ones she loves. But who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

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