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Review and Blog Tour: One True Loves

onetrueloves Happy June, everyone!  I’m so thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for One True Loves, the latest book from Taylor Jenkins Reid. Last year I read (and adored!) Maybe in Another Life, and I reviewed that here.  So thank you, Atria, for giving me the chance to read One True Loves!

Stick around after my review: there’s a link to a giveaway at the end of this post!

Emma Blair lives a cozy life in Massachusetts. She works at her family’s bookstore and she has a wonderful fiance named Sam. One night when she is sitting down to dinner with Sam and her parents she gets a phone call she could not have expected to get in a million years. On the other end of the line, she hears the voice of her first love and her husband, Jesse Lerner. He tells her he is coming home.

Three years prior, on the eve of their first wedding anniversary, Emma said goodbye to Jesse before he boarded a helicopter on an assignment. The helicopter went down, leaving no survivors, as the authorities and family were lead to believe.

But somehow, Jesse survived all of this time. Jesse, who Emma grieved for, is coming back home, and he wants to pick up their marriage where they left off.

Emma, who mourned and suffered and drastically altered the circumstances of her life, is a new person, promised to another man.

“Do you ever get over loss? Or do you just find a box within yourself, big enough to hold it? Do you just stuff it in there, push it down, and snap the lid on it? Do you just work, every day, to keep the box shut?”

What follows is a intricate story about relationships, choices, and personal identity. Emma is not only caught between two men; she’s caught between the life she had built for herself before Jesse’s accident, and the life she is building for herself now.

When Emma was married to Jesse, the two lived in California and traveled the world extensively – together as well as separately – and they were always up for a new experience.

Emma’s life with Sam is rooted in their Massachusetts hometown. It is a calm and cozy life, full of domesticity, and owning cats, and having dinners at home. Both of Emma’s lives are appealing for their own reasons.

The supporting cast of characters – Emma’s parents and sister, Marie – are complicated in their own way, but fiercely dedicated to the rest of the family. Scenes between Emma and her sister are especially poignant.

Taylor Jenkins Reid is a master of tugging on the heartstrings. If you’re looking for a book to make you swoon and/or cry this summer, I highly recommend picking up One True Loves.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She is the author of Forever, Interrupted, After I Do and Maybe In Another Life. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.

ONE TRUE LOVES by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Atria/Washington Square Press Paperback | ISBN: 9781476776903 | On sale: June 7, 2016 | 352 pages | $16.00

eBook: Atria/Washington Square Press | ISBN: 9781476776910 | On sale: June 7, 2016 | 352 pages | $11.99

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Thanks to Atria Books for supplying me with an advanced e-copy for review purposes!

Danielle Villano is the editor of BiblioSmiles, and she is really glad you’re here. Learn more on the About page.  Tweet @daniellevillano.

Review: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

maybeinanotherlifeAs fate would have it (hardy har), I was selected to read and review an advanced copy of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Maybe in Another Life back in April. The book released but a few days ago, on July 7th, and I’ve been thinking about it for months. Taylor Jenkins Reid is the author of the acclaimed Forever, Interrupted, which is set to be adapted into a movie starring Dakota Johnson.  I was so excited to read Maybe in Another Life after participating in the cover reveal months ago. The premise really stood out to me as unique and exciting:

At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college, but on the heels of a disastrous breakup, she has finally returned to her hometown of Los Angeles. To celebrate her first night back, her best friend, Gabby, takes Hannah out to a bar—where she meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.

It’s just past midnight when Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. Ethan quickly offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay.
Hannah hesitates.
What happens if she leaves with Gabby?
What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into surprisingly different stories with far-reaching consequences for Hannah and the people around her, raising questions like: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?
Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.

This is my first time reading anything by this author, and now I’d like to make up for lost time! Reid’s writing style is breezy, almost effortless.  The voice she chose for Hannah was chatty and very fun, but don’t let that make you think the storyline is all syrupy, cinnamon bun-sweetness. Hannah – in both storylines – deals with major life changes, heartbreak, and turmoil. Through everything, she must learn to love and appreciate herself.

Hannah Martin is a likable main character. Certainly she has downfalls; she’s always searched for “perfection,” and because of this she hasn’t accomplished much.  She can never settle on anything.  Though she may be searching for perfection, she’s certainly not perfect herself. It was great to see a narrator in women’s fiction who is not gorgeous in an otherworldly way or particularly poised. Sometimes she is clumsy. Sometimes she just wants to throw her hair up in a bun and wear sweatpants.  And that’s okay! I found myself rooting for Hannah Martin from the get-go in both of her storylines.

There are two storylines at play here.  When Hannah returns home to Los Angeles, she goes out for the night with her best friend, Gabby.  When she’s at the bar, she runs into her old flame (and potential love of her life), Ethan.  In one storyline, Hannah chooses to stay out with Ethan. In another storyline, Hannah calls it a night and heads home with Gabby and her husband, Mark.

And that’s where the alternating chapters begin.

There’s no chapter headings or anything, so if you’re like me and you read bits and pieces on-the-go, you may have to backtrack every once in a while to remember which storyline you’re reading. Most of the story elements repeat in one way or another between the storylines, and it was incredible to see how Reid weaved the same events, and even some of the same lines, into two totally different plots with different outcomes.

The major characters are the same throughout the storylines, but their roles, and what they mean to Hannah and her growth as a character, changes. Gabby, her best friend, is a consistent presence in both storylines, and I’m so happy about that.  Gabby is a strong and funny friend who cares for Hannah an incredible amount. To see how the two friends help each other and how they lean on each other under very different circumstances made me realize the importance of true friends. Gabby’s character made me appreciate the own strong presences in my life, and I’m thankful for the reminder.

Is there a storyline I preferred more?  I had a soft spot for a certain night nurse named Henry, who wore navy blue scrubs…

But I’ll leave it at that. I wouldn’t want to ruin anything. Go out and pick up a copy of Maybe in Another Life. It’s just the sort of book you’ll want to read sprawled out on the grass in the sun, or lounging by the pool.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She is the author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.

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MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Atria Books/Washington Square Press Paperback | 352 pages | ISBN: 9781476776880 | July 7, 2015 | $16.00

eBook: Atria Books/Washington Square Press | 352 pages | ISBN: 9781476776897 | July 7, 2015 | $11.99

And hey: let me know which storyline you liked better!

Danielle Villano is the editor of BiblioSmiles, and she is really glad you’re here. Learn more on the About page.  Tweet @daniellevillano.

Cover Reveal: Maybe in Another Life

inanotherlifeWe’re dreaming of summer—feet in the sand, soaking up the sun, taking a dip in the pool—but what we’re most excited about this summer is the release of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s third novel, MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE (on sale July 7, 2015). While we (impatiently!) wait for the book, today we’re giving you a first look at the gorgeous cover! Plenty more information below…

Maybe in Another Life:

At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college, but on the heels of a disastrous breakup, she has finally returned to her hometown of Los Angeles. To celebrate her first night back, her best friend, Gabby, takes Hannah out to a bar—where she meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.

It’s just past midnight when Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. Ethan quickly offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay.

Hannah hesitates.

What happens if she leaves with Gabby?

What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into surprisingly different stories with far-reaching consequences for Hannah and the people around her, raising questions like: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?

Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She is the author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.

MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

Atria Books/Washington Square Press Paperback | 352 pages | ISBN:  9781476776880 | July 7, 2015 | $16.00 

eBook: Atria Books/Washington Square Press | 352 pages | ISBN: 9781476776897 | July 7, 2015 | $11.99

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