REVIEW: First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
First Comes Love is a book about family and the complicated relationship between two sisters. A family that has never gotten over the loss of a son and brother and what that death did to the family. His family is still reeling, regretting, and full of what ifs. As the 15th anniversary of their brother’s death approaches, the two sisters, who have never properly grieved their brother’s death, try to come to terms with their life choices. Painful secrets from the past begin to surface and they need to confront the issues that divide them. They work toward understanding and forgiveness leading them to discover that they need each other more than they knew. The book is written in alternating sister roles. Emily Griffin has written strong, realistic, flawed characters in this story. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and look forward to reading more of her work. A good read.
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 delicate bond splinters.
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 is assigned to 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 that they need each other more than they knew—and that in the search for true happiness, love always comes first.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of seven New York Times bestselling novels, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love The One You’re With, Heart of the Matter, Where We Belong, and The One & Only, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and three young children. Visit http://www.emilygiffin.com/