First Comes Love - Book Review
A pair of sisters find themselves at a crossroads in this dazzling new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Where We Belong, and The One & Only. First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever that may lead.
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.
First Comes Love is one of those books that I felt incredibly connected to for personal reasons - which always leaves me wondering if others would get the same out of the book as I did. I'll explain...
This book centers around two sisters, Meredith and Josie and their relationship years after their brother dies in a car accident. For those who have dealt with death, you know that it's like the butterfly effect - one moment defines the rest of the moments. However, this story felt personal to me. My father suffered losing a sibling to a car accident when he was growing up. He always has said that that one moment defined his family forever. Everything always linked (and still does) back to the car accident. I've read some reviews of this book where people felt they couldn't relate to Meredith or Josie but I absolutely could because I know people who lived through that same hell. I think that everyone deals with loss in their own way but it's how you ultimately come together again that matters.
A point that struck a cord with me:
In the story, Meredith is struggling in her marriage and is talking about it with her best friend, Ellen. They start talking about ex-boyfriends and if they miss them. Meredith then says something about how she doesn't miss her ex but she misses the way she felt with him. I think we have all felt that way at one point or another. You look back at life and remember how happy (or fulfilled or spontaneous) you felt and you tie that feeling towards a person - when it fact the feeling is much more likely to be tied to a myriad of circumstances. It's coming to that conclusion that is closure.
Overall - I highly recommend this read. It's about family and relationships and how you get through horrible moments. It was realistic, not sugar coated and I thought it was great.
It will be released on June 28th 2016!