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 family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond. 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 ends up in 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 they need each other more than they knew . . . and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first.
Emily Giffin is always good for some complicated female friendship and relationship drama. First Comes Love is no exception to that rule. Two sisters face off in their constant sibling rivalry that only worsened after tragedy struck their family. Now that they are older, they are unable to lean on each other when they really need to the most.
While I can’t find much fault with Giffin’s writing per se, I just find her books fairly predictable. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing–sometimes it is nice to sit down to a patterned genre. But it also means that I knew what was going to happen from the very beginning.
I’m having a little bit of a hard time finding words to review this, because I wasn’t excited about it. I feel–mediocre. I know a lot of people will enjoy it–it probably falls in that “beach read” category. I just didn’t find it stimulating.
NetGalley and Ballantine Books provided this ARC for an unbiased review. Releases June 28.