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One True Loves

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  108,609 ratings  ·  14,580 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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Haley pham
May 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bruh. Great ending.
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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
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
Larissa Cambusano
Jan 27, 2022 rated it really liked it
4.75 ⭐️ IM IN PAIN!!!! This book was devastatingly beautiful in a way that only Taylor Jenkins Reid can do. I’m usually not a fan of ‘love triangles’ but THIS is how it’s done.. take notes Edward, Bella & Jacob! ok anyways. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, and I couldn’t do anything until i finished it. I also couldn’t bring myself to decide who I wanted Emma to end up with? and I felt like no matter who she chose, I would always be a little sad and hoping for the other. But I loved ...more
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
Aestas Book Blog
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
Christina - Recipe & a Read
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
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
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

“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
Michael David (on hiatus)
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
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
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.
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, adult-reads
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
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
myo (myonna reads)
Jul 01, 2021 rated it liked it
i don’t like who she picked what the hell
Jennifer Kyle
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it


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. Thereafter, gri
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
Kezia Duah
Feb 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-reread
“I could make myself fit for him. He could make himself fit for me. But that’s not true love.”

I will start this by saying that at one point Emma says she hates reading books. I know! Triggering right?!!

From that first chapter alone….scratch that…from reading the description alone, I knew this was about to be soo good. My expectations weren’t quite met, but I still really enjoyed this book!!

Long story short, Emma basically has to choose between two guys who are both very important in her life.
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
One True Loves, Taylor Jenkins Reid

One True Loves is a story about Emma Blair. 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 the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like tha
Reading_ Tamishly
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
That is one hell of a beautiful story!

Got me embracing all the feels, the tears and the occasional nose blowing 🤧

But it's so damn beautiful!!!!

This is the kind of book I want my romances to be. This is the kind of book I want to get lost in forever.

(True I say this for almost all of my perfect 5 star reads. But the feelings attached to each of them are unique and different though I cherish them all the same.)

The writing is so beautiful. (Okay, what other word can I use for 'beautiful' so that I
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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
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.
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

"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
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