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Book Review: First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

 
First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
Title: First Comes Love
Author: Emily Giffin
Paperback: 380 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books(June 28th 2016)
Genre: Womens Fiction, Chick Lit
Read: eBook
Stars: ★★★☆☆
Buy On: Amazon India | Amazon US

 

Summary:

(Goodreads)

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. 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. 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.

 

My Review:

Note: Thanks to Penguin First to Read Program for offering me the book to read and review :)

Cover: Simple and clean.

Paper and font: Easy on the eyes.

Readability, language: Easy on the mind.

Blood is thicker than water isn’t just a proverb I learned in school but also, a life lesson. Life taught me that family comes first, they don’t judge but love you for who you are, they stick with you when others shirk you off. And that siblings share a bond, a very special bond.

So, when I first heard of Emily Giffin’s book on the All the Books podcast it caught my attention and I picked it up when Penguin offered it though their First to Read program.

First Comes Love is the story of two sisters and their bond. 15 years ago, when they were in their twenties they lost their elder brother Daniel in an accident. The loss of a sibling changes their life as they struggle to cope with their grief and loss. Over 15 years it’s impacted their relationship too. Will they be able to save it?

I loved the cover, it’s simple and clean. The title’s appropriate and the blurb sets the stage quite well.

I’ve read stories of siblings reuniting before so the plot isn’t all new but it still was different. All the layers and twists involved in Daniel’s accident created a world that was easy for me to associate with. All that was happening felt real.

The sisters, Josie and Meredith feel real and believable; I found myself liking them and disliking them based on the situation. Pain of the loss of a loved one is easier to deal-with with family, but loss can also easily make a wedge between them. I’ve experienced this, so I found myself sympathising with Josie and Meredith as they dealth with their individual loss, and found strength in each other again.

The language of the book is simple and easy but the pace was a little slow for me and that spoilt the climax for me. That said, I enjoyed reading Love Comes First right to the end.

A good read if you are into family drama. A story anyone with siblings can associate with. Go ahead read it, it does stand up to the hype.

Buy On: Amazon India | Amazon US

About the Author:

Emily Giffin
 
Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. She now lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children. First comes Love is her eighth novel.
 
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