What a wonderfully lovely book from Emily Giffin. I have been an on again/off again fan of hers since I read Something Borrowed quite a few years ago. In this new novel First Comes Love I feel like we get another peek at the amazing author that Giffin can be. She takes something so common, like love, and mixes it up to show how different love can be. There are ways that we can love people that we don’t even realize, and there are ways that we can show our love that may seem strange, but in this book we can see all different types and find out what it means to really love others.
Josie is a first grade teacher who sort of let her first and only love slip away, now his 6 year old daughter is in her class. Awkward. Coming to grips with the fact that she may be late on the boat of getting married and having kids, Josie decides it might possibly be time to think about having a child on her own. She just has to figure out who the dad is going to be. Right by her side the entire time is her best friend, who has been there for her through thick and thin-including her brothers death 15 years ago.
Meredith is Josie’s sister (though I had a hard time figuring out if she was younger than Josie or not), who is married, has a beautiful 4 year old daughter, and is a lawyer on the top of her game.Though she has it all, she’s unhappy. Meredith struggles with deciding if she married her husband for the fact that he was her brothers best friend, or if she really married him for love.
Between narratives, you get to really see what both of these women are going through. How they have to deal with the curveballs that life throws at them, and also how they deal with each other (because lets face it, they don’t always get along). Plus, we see how the tragic loss of their brother 15 years ago could tear them apart still to this day.
Through the twists and turns of this families story, we see the ups and downs of life, love and losing someone that is close to everyone. I really thought this book was well thought out, very well written, and something that will stick with me for quite some time. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, and I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.