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?
I think Taylor Jenkins Reid is fastly becoming a favourite author of mine. Nothing will ever be Evelyn Hugo but this one is special in its own way.
The entire novel’s plot is very intriguing. Three years after her husbands disappearance he comes back. I knew who I wanted Emma to end up with and I am glad she did. I enjoyed her reasoning and how she thinks about it when she reminisces.
Both men in the novel are likeable in their own way and like everything in life you either grow and change with each other as you age or you don’t evolve with each other. Sometimes you outgrow people. Everyone is brought into our lives for a reason at that particular time in our timelines which helps us evolve into the people we are supposed to become and be with.
Emma has a very tough decision, she is not spoilt however I did think she moved on a bit quick in terms of changing her name and so forth a little too quickly. I mean, it was only a few months before she changed her name, for something that lasted over a decade she did move on in that way very quick.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and the thought process throughout it. Emma was left with a very difficult decision and by the end her reasoning was well justified.