First Comes Love

First Comes Love

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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"In this dazzling new novel, Emily Giffin, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Where We Belong, and The One & Only introduces a pair of sisters who find themselves at a crossroads. 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. Emotionally honest and utterly enthralling, First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart--wherever that may lead. Praise for Emily Giffin "Emily Giffin ranks as a grand master. She has traversed the slippery slopes of true love, lost love, marriage, motherhood, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption that have led her to be called 'a modern-day Jane Austen.' "--Chicago Sun-Times "A dependably down-to-earth, girlfriendly storyteller."--The New York Times "Giffin's talent lies in taking relatable situations and injecting enough wit and suspense to make them feel fresh."--People "Emily Giffin is the creator of characters so real and so enthrallingly flawed that people sometimes forget they are fictional."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution "When it comes to writing stories that resonate with real women, bestselling author Emily Giffin has hit her stride."--San Francisco Chronicle "Giffin knows a thing or two about writing a page turner."--Southern Living "Giffin's writing is true, smart, and heartfelt."--Entertainment Weekly"-- Provided by publisher.
"Meredith thought she'd done it all right - married the perfect man, had the perfect daughter - but as she grows increasingly restless, she can't help but wonder if she got the love part wrong. Josie has been happily single for years, but she wants a child of her own so much she's one bad date away from heading straight for the baby carriage all on her own. The sisters, whose relationship was strained by the tragic death of their older brother over a decade ago, find that they need each other more than they realized"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345546937
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Call Number: eBook

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May 16, 2017

I agree with an earlier post about not really sure whether I was going to finish reading it or not. Both characters were particularly annoying. I keep waiting for something to make me like them in any appreciable way. I think the author has run out of decent material to write about.

sunmist18 Nov 13, 2016

This was my first book by Emily Giffin. While reading was thorn between giving the book four stars or three. Finally settled on 3.5
The book is well written, easy to follow, but just didn't do much for me.
Even though I sympathized with both sisters(main characters), I thought their obsession with death of older sibling ( 15 years ago) was way over the top.
Average. Ordinary. Just ok.

Nov 03, 2016

Surprisingly flat and two-dimensional characters. The plot concerns the life of two sisters after the death of their brother, 15 years earlier. But for the women in their late 30s, they seemed immature, petty, flippant, angry and clueless. I had a hard time from the very beginning of the book trying to decide if I wanted to finish it. I've read several books by Emily Giffin and she always tries to come to a subject from multiple perspectives so I kept with it to the end. This book - about marriage and children - didn't work because the problems of the women seemed both exaggerated and frivolous. In the end I just didn't buy into the characters. A disappointing read.

Sep 19, 2016

A good book for its' genre. However, this is not my normal genre. A good "diversion"

Aug 29, 2016

Not as good as her first books.

Aug 26, 2016

This novel centers around two sisters, Meredith and Josie Garland. The prologue opens the story with a family tragedy, but you learn a fair bit about the family in it. Josie is impulsive, a bit of a party girl. Meredith is more reserved, an introvert. They don't have the best relationship. Then the tragedy strikes.

Aug 02, 2016

I thought the characters did not show much sign of maturity for people in their late 30s - not a good read

Aug 01, 2016

When I started reading ":First Comes Love," I thought I'd lost my taste for Chick-Lit - I just couldn't get into it; but my persistence paid off. This book is about family and friendship and the nuances within a family. It deals with tragedy and decisions. The book is alternately narrated by two sisters Meredith and Josie. We sees definite leaning towards portrayal of Josie in a better light than Meredith. Josie's decision to embrace motherhood in an unorthodox fashion is refreshing. We are tantalized by who will win the sperm race but the ending is no surprise. An interesting read.

Jul 06, 2016

I really enjoyed this book! It was one of those stories I couldn't wait to get back to each time.
I always enjoy Emily Griffin's book.

MGBustillo May 21, 2016

Giffin explores the consequences of grief and the pain of loss in another family drama. Meredith and Josie are sisters who mourn their brother Daniel and choose paths filled with regret. Meredith marries Nolan, Daniel's best friend, and together they try to form a unit yet their loss clouds their lives.


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