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One True Loves

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  35,214 ratings  ·  4,923 reviews
In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over th
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Washington Square Press
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Victoria I thought the same thing and just wrote a review that stated that and now read this! Totally what I thought as soon as I got to that portion of the bo…moreI thought the same thing and just wrote a review that stated that and now read this! Totally what I thought as soon as I got to that portion of the book! Doris Day is my favorite actress and I have quotes from the film memorized so I was all, "This better end similarly." :: sigh ::(less)

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Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I'm deeply in love with this book. One True Loves is my new favorite book. It tells you what I really feel about this book.

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Emma has a decent life. She is madly in love with her husband, she lives for her dreams. One day her husband Jesse got an opportunity and he accepted it. He went out to the airport to travel and saw a glacier but Jesse never came back. Everyone thought Jesse was dead. Emma's
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Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it

“I think it’s a good sign, though,” he said, “that I was crazy about you at sixteen and I’m still crazy about you now.”

This was one of those books that I knew I had to read from the moment I heard about it. Having already been a huge fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid's books, I knew it would be well-written and I was so excited to see where she'd take this story. I'll show you the blurb first so you can understand why I was so intrigued...
From the aut
Jennifer Masterson
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a 5 Star audiobook! Julia Whelan is my favorite female narrator! She takes books to higher levels! The book itself is 5 Stars for giving me all the feels!!! This is my second novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid and I loved it even more then I did the first, "Maybe in Another Life". "One True Loves" is the perfect summer read!!! It's chick lit, but boy is it well written, smart, and touching!

Emma is engaged to Sam. She is a widow. Her husband, Jesse, died in a helicopter crash, but wait, it gets
The thing about this book is that it stressed me out so much and made me so upset that I would legitimately rather live my entire life alone, perhaps on a deserted island of some kind, either of the proverbial or literal variety, than live a single day in the protagonist's life.

Which is actually a very freeing thought. My life has been much easier since this, I'll give you that. Spontaneously evolved past the desire to date men, which is cool. Have more time for my hobbies.

But anyway. Back to th
Christina - Recipe & a Read
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
4.5, I stayed up too late reading this in one sitting - once you pick it up, you wont want to put it down stars!!!

Full review featured on my blog Recipe & a Read!

Emma Blair fell in love with her future husband Jesse Lerner the moment she laid eyes on him at a swim competition her freshman year of high-school. Jesse is popular, handsome, charming and seemingly completely out of Emma’s reach. Living in a small town in Massachusetts, Emma’s parents own a local bookstore and through the bookstore Em
Elyse  Walters
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Update: The Kindle download is a $2.99 special today. I liked this book -- but what I especially enjoyed was the 'audiobook' narrator, also. I didn't 'read' this book. (could add 'audio' to the price)

I notice that Taylor Jenkins Reid has a new release --not in stores 'yet' --but soon-- (saw it a couple of months ago on Netgalley) -- but didn't request it --because I have enjoy 'two' of her other books by 'audio' --so much -- that I'm going to wait and listen to her new book in audio-form. Reid
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Re-read 2/27/19: Hi hello I still love TJR a whole heckin' ton. No one is surprised lmao

Original read 1/8/18: Hi, my name is Chelsea and I have become OBSESSED with Taylor Jenkins Reid. Omg. I loved this.
this, unfortunately, isnt quite the great cathartic tearjerker that a person sometimes needs, buuuut it does have its charming moments.

i think my main issue is with the way the story is set up - the first quarter is flashbacks to emma and jesse, the second quarter is flashbacks to emma and sam, and the last half is present time with both. i just think with a situation so emotionally devastating as finding out your husband is back from the dead, but also being engaged to someone else, there just
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!!

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Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author that has a talent for making you think about her stories and your life in general. This is the second book of hers I’ve read, and my mind is going a mile a minute. One True Loves is definitely a book that will make you think. It also gave me all the feels, which I love. It’s a book about a woman who had an impossible choice to make. I don’t envy this heroine at all. Being in love twice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…

Emma Blair marries her high s
David Putnam
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an old trope revitalized with the wonderful voice the author instills in the main character. I’ve said it before in other reviews of this author’s books: she could write a grocery list and I’d read it. The voice is so natural I just fell into the story and didn’t want to leave the character. What this author also does well is relate to the reader much like Stephen King does. I think this is Reid’s secret, how she is wildly popular. She describes places and events that relate to a wide co ...more

“I am finishing up dinner with my family and my fiancé when my husband calls…”

Do you ever read a book and know that you’re reading it at the exact moment in your life when you needed to read it? Because that is me with One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I know a three star rating doesn’t seem that high, but the message of this book spoke louder to me than maybe any other book this year. The universe really lined up for me with this one.

The basic premise of this story, that I’m su
Larry H
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As if I wasn't a huge fan of hers after reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones and The Six , reading this book has further convinced me that Taylor Jenkins Reid is a freaking goddess, y'all!

Emma Blair wants nothing more than to get as far away from her small New England town and her parents’ dream of her taking over the family bookstore. When she meets Jesse in high school and they fall in love, she finds the key to her dreams.⁣ They move to California and begin explor
Unpopular opinion:

This book just was not for me. I have a few friends who loved One True Loves dearly and I was so excited to read, but unfortunately it just didn’t work as well for me.

Objectively there isn’t anything seriously wrong with the story. In fact, the premise of the heroine losing her husband, eventually moving on only to find out her husband survived. Absolutely intriguing.

Here is my problem. I did not connect. The way the book was structured and the fact that the author put the evol
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-reads, 2019
4.5 Stayed up late, made me sob and emotionally wrecked me stars

You guys I have been missing out on reading TJR! This was my first book by her and what an emotional roller coaster. It's a tale of love, loss and letting yourself love again. It was powerful. The idea that that all consuming, one true love of your life doesn't necessarily last forever, and that's not only ok - it just might be necessary. People change, our wants and desires for life evolve. It doesn't diminish who were were and who
Michael David
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Imagine you marry your best friend...your confidante...your one and only.

Imagine they are presumed dead after a tragic helicopter accident, while working.

Imagine a couple years go by, and you find the strength to love again. Now, you’re engaged.

Imagine that your spouse survived, and makes contact with you a few years later...

Yeah. That’s One True Loves.

Such a sad, hopeful, poignant and beautifully told story. Another win from TJR. I shouldn’t be surprised. She could write the advertisement f
Pearl Angeli
4 Cried-My-Heart-Out Stars!

“I don't think that true love means your only love. I think true love means loving truly. Loving purely. Loving wholly.”

Is it wrong for me to rate this book 4 Stars instead of 5 just because Emma's decision in the end didn't work in my favor? Lol. Because if it is, then I am sorry. I loved the writing style of Taylor Jenkins Reid. It's beautiful, compelling, well thought-out. It was perfect! But the ending was not something that I want to happen and I refus
Jennifer Kyle
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it

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This is not the most original of storylines and is actually very similar to many movies and other books out there yet somewhere in the delivery and that ending (which I cried at) the author once again gifted me with another very good read.

The heroine falls for and marries her high school dream guy and they are perfect for one another. She lives years in a life of adventure and wonder that she had always dreamt of till a horrific accident occurs and he is presumed dead. Th
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I hate this feeling—the nagging, incessant, soul-crushing thought that I should have loved this one more. Ugh . . . why oh why didn’t this work for me? This was supposed to be an epic read or so I thought.

There is no doubt that Taylor Jenkins Reid can spin highly emotional stories and always with a unique take on a relationship. She has the ability to make you sit back and think—to struggle with your own emotions and conflicted heart—in a way that sets her work apart, but it didn't totally work
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clearly I've been living under a rock because until last week I'd never opened a TJR book, yet here I am, binge-reading. One True Loves resonates with me on a personal level and brought back memories long buried, but more than that, it was an exceptional emotionally wringing story that was sadness and happiness intertwined.

Breathtaking, really.
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: no-just-no
I KNOW I KNOW the minority once again.

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I'm conflicted with this story. I loved the first half of this, but after about 70% or so, there were things I didn't understand and some things I just didn't enjoy.

As you may have read from the blurb, Emma and Jesse meet as teenagers, fall in love, and marry. But after a helicopter crash, Jesse goes missing and is assumed to be dead. Fast forward 3 years, Emma moves back home and is reacquainted with a childhood friend, Sam. They start to date, fall in
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"Everything that happened before today feels different now, and I have no idea what happens after this."


The first time I read this author, I was impressed by her writing! But, this time, I'm simply amazed! I loved this story so much! It was heartbreaking, emotional, intense and so very beautiful. There were moments I was happy, upset and others where I was crying...and now I'm an emotional wreck..

Her books are like nothing I have read before. I loved her words because they are
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, romance, arc
NOW LIVE!!!!!!!!!!

4.5 stars!

"Good things don't wait until you're ready. Sometimes they come right before, when you're almost there."

Emma and Jesse were high school sweethearts who lived an adventurous and happy life. In their twenties they married and fully expected to be together forever. But fate intervenes when a year into their marriage Jesse is lost at sea from a helicopter crash and presumed dead by everyone.

Three years later and Emma has moved on, her life is completely different
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
In One True Loves Emma marries Jesse, her high school sweetheart, and they moved to Los Angeles, far away from Massachusetts and the life they grew up with. They travel constantly and enjoy a “live for the moment” lifestyle. One day when Jesse takes an assignment, he doesn’t return home. Wreckage from a plane crash confirms there was an accident and Jesse is presumed to be dead.

Emma moves back home to MA to address her grief and works hard to rebuild her life. Now in her early 30s, she reconnec
Katie B
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
If I came up with a list of my favorite current day authors, Taylor Jenkins Reid is on it for sure. Having read her recent books, I'm now working my way back in her catalog. While One True Loves has many of the elements I love about her writing, I do think her writing talent has grown from the time this book was first published. It was a good book and I enjoyed it, but I wouldn't put it in the awesome read category.

The story kicks off with a terrific opening line. I didn't bother reading the pub
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: close-to-5-stars
My addiction to this story took over and I read it within a few hours.

This is what Taylor Jenkins Reid does to you.

Review to possibly come once these tears have dried up.
Dilek VT
4,5 stars...
That was a book hard to read and hard to process because of the painful situation the characters were dealing with.

This is the opening sentence of the novel:
"I am finishing up dinner with my family and my fiancé when my husband calls.”

Think how painful it would be to lose the love of your life, your husband, your soulmate before you grow old, before even your first anniversary. Imagine the pain and torture that one can suffer in a situation like this.

And then, after years of str
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-2-stars-read
I rarely use spoilers in my reviews but I couldn’t do without them this time. But don’t worry, they are all tagged and they are storyline spoilers only. There are no names of guys mentioned in spoilers so you won’t find out that happened to Jesse or Sam even if you read spoilers.


One True Loves started with great intro and I truly liked scenes from Emma’s past. But once story caught up with present, it went downhill pretty fast. All I got was unhealthy relationships and lov
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Years ago, when I was just a schoolgirl I always told my playmates that when I married, my first dance would be to Bryan Adams "Everything I do, I do it for you." Remember it was on the Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves soundtrack? Imagine my shock years later as a teenager when Adams was interviewed about some of his songs and laughingly mentioned how he cringed when people said they played it at their wedding. His reasoning " no real man would ever say those words to a real woman."

Luckily, Taylo
April (Aprilius Maximus)
I related to this so much more than I thought I would, excuse me while I go and be emo about this book bc ow my feelings
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
FINALLY LIVE on Amazon! I know it's pricey but BUY THIS BOOK! It's been four months since I read it and it's still my top fave of 2016.

5 "Epically heart-wrenching" Stars!

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When I'd feasted my eyes on this book blurb, I knew I had to stop at nothing to read One True Loves . If there's nothing I love more, it's angst and what plotline can bring that kind of emotional torture than that of a presumed dead spouse coming back...after you've moved on in life. Couple that with this book being writ
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