Taylor Jenkins Reid is without a doubt one of the most commercially popular writers in the current moment, who earned acclaim with her novels Malibu Rising, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones and The Six. One of her earlier novels, One True Loves is getting renewed recognition thanks to TikTok. Here, we review the novel and give our thoughts on this backlist romance. Pick up a copy of the book here.
Even though The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones and the Six have earned widespread acclaim and viral success, one of her earlier backlist titles is well worthy of recognition. One True Loves is a startlingly powerful novel about loss, heartache and the true meaning of love. The novel centres around Emma Blair who marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, leaving their hometown in Massachusetts and pursuing a life of adventure and travel. On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Emma is heartbroken, quitting her job and moving 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.. until Jesse is found – alive. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect both men who she loves deeply.
One True Loves is a novel of immense power, unpicking the depths of heartache and the true meaning of love, including what it really means to let someone go. It’s beautifully and propulsively written, as ever, by Taylor Jenkins Reid who is a master of these kinds of works.