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 singleand this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mothera feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriends daughter ends up in her class. Determined to have the future shes 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, shes married to a wonderful man, and together theyre 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 heartwherever that may lead. Praise for Emily Giffin Emily Giffin ranks as a grand master. . . . She has traversed the slippery slopes of true love, lost love, marriage, motherhood, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption that have led her to be called a modern-day Jane Austen. Chicago Sun-Times A dependably down-to-earth, girlfriendly storyteller. The New York Times Giffins talent lies in taking relatable situations and injecting enough wit and suspense to make them feel fresh. People Emily Giffin is the creator of characters so real and so enthrallingly flawed that people sometimes forget they are fictional. Atlanta Journal-Constitution When it comes to writing stories that resonate with real women, bestselling author Emily Giffin has hit her stride. San Francisco Chronicle Giffin knows a thing or two about writing a page turner.Southern Living Giffins writing is true, smart, and heartfelt.Entertainment Weekly...
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First Comes Love Reviews
Short version: everyone in this book needs therapy.
*Spoilers ahead. Because this book was so meh, I just don't care.*
I'm not really sure when Emily Giffin's characters crossed the line from being complex and realistic to whiny and unlikable, but the latter is absolutely on full display in First Comes Love.
Giffin introduces us to Meredith and Josie, two sisters who have let their entire lives be defined by the early, stereotypical prologue death of their older brother. Since that ...more
The four stars is for the moral lesson, otherwise it is a well written story about siblings, a nice one and a judgmental bitchy one who we were supposed to also root for because the story was told from both of their point of views, but if there’s one thing that’s worse than a judgmental person, is a judgmental person with a shitty life.
First Comes Love is a standalone book. The genre is adult contemporary/Chick Lit.
The book alternates narrators (first person) between two sisters: Josie and Meredith.
When the book begins the girls are 20 and 22. But the majority of the book takes place 15 years later (when the sisters are 35 and 37).
This story is about sisters, their lives, how they relate to each other, and how they cope with a tragedy that occurs in their family.
The book starts with a prologue (when the women were younger). We ...more
Josie and Meredith are sisters the couldn't be more opposite of each other. Josie is the elder, but makes rash decisions, likes to party, and wonders whether she should look for a sperm donor as she's entering her late thirties. Meredith, more settled with a husband and an adorable daughter Harper finds herself wanting more from her lackluster life. Tragedy strikes and their family is never the same again. Secrets are kept and resentment builds until the end of the book when everything all falls ...more
Grief is a mystery to be lived through, not a problem to be solved.
This novel centers around two sisters, Meredith and Josie Garland. The prologue opens the story with a family tragedy, but you learn a fair bit about the family in it. Josie is impulsive, a bit of a party girl. Meredith is more reserved, an introvert. They don't have the best relationship. Then the tragedy strikes.
Fast forward in time fifteen years later. Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties and their lives have ...more
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
That's how I feel after reading First Comes Love. After being a big Emily Giffin fan for her first six novels, I was so disappointed in The One and Only. I was still hopeful for FCL though and bought my copy the day it was released. For the second time in a row though, I find myself disappointed.
Where to start? First off, Meredith is the least likeable character in a book I have read, ever. Maybe I'm exaggerating, but wow, what a negative, ...more
I would say it was a good read. Each chapter represents a sisters thoughts and opinions about what is currently going on in their lives.
I've been a fan of Emily Giffin's ever since I read Something Borrowed - which I know is a controversial novel - so I was very excited to read her most recent novel, since I must say that I haven't read that many books from her. I might not be part of the targeted audience for this particular novel (and I wasn't either for Something Borrowed, especially since I read it when I was about 14), but it still interested me, so when I finally got my hands on it, I couldn't resist picking it up. I wasn' ...more