June 28, 2016

First Comes Love

"Almost everyone describes the immediate aftermath of death the same way—as a surreal blur, at least for those in the inner circle, in charge of the details." ~ 12%

Sisters Josie and Meredith are opposites. Josie is impulsive and outgoing; Meredith is thoughtful and reserved. So when a tragic accident happens, their reactions are drastically different thus pushing the sisters further apart. Fifteen years pass and the sisters are at a crossroads. Josie is single at 37 years old and wants to be a mother more than anything but can't find a decent man to marry. Meredith is married and raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter, yet has regrets. The hashtag happy life she portrays on Instagram isn't so. As the anniversary of their family tragedy nears, the sisters realize they need each other and that ultimately, first comes love.

I can spot an Emily Giffin novel anywhere with its signature font on a simple pastel book cover. But First Comes Love is a bit different than usual. I barely recognized it at first glance. Do I spy cursive font on a bland coral (plain white on hardcover edition) cover? Why, yes I do.

The book cover is not the only thing that was different. I usually bond with the "wrong" or "bad" character in Emily Giffin's novels. I empathize with cheaters, disloyal friends and side chicks. So reading the synopsis of First Comes Love led me to assume I would root for a certain sister. Hmmm, not so. I disliked the sisters equally. No fault of the author at all. In fact, Emily Giffin wrote such descriptive personalities of the main characters that I was constantly irked by their dialogue, actions and jabs at each other. Even though they were not likable, I was still engaged in how their fictional lives progressed and still cared about how their story ended. But fair warning, it does not have the lasting charm effect of Something Blue, Something Borrowed or Where We Belong.

Chick lit book clubs and fans, try reading First Comes Love for a summertime selection. Happy Pub Day, Emily Giffin!

Disclaimer: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are honestly my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: First Comes Love
Author: Emily Giffin
Published: June 2016
Pages: 304
Edition: Galley
Challenge: Popsugar—The First Book I See in a Bookstore
Rating: ♥♥♥


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