Publication: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Washington Square Press/Atria
From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a People Magazine pick and a "Best Book of the Summer" by Glamour and USA Today—comes a breathtaking new love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancé who has finally brought her back to life.
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 that, Jesse is gone forever.
Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.
That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.
Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?
Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.
Emma Blair is in the beginning stages of her thirties, having dinner with her family and fiancé when she receives a call from her husband that she thought has been dead for a little over three years is in fact alive and coming home. Talk about the shock of a lifetime! How is someone supposed to deal with a bomb like that? Well Emma is confused naturally and she's unsure of how she really feels and what she wants. But she does know that she doesn't want to hurt Sam (her fiancé), but she still loves Jesse (her husband).
The story has some flashbacks that show us Emma's life when she was in high school and she dreamed of traveling the world. It’s in high school where she first spots Jesse at a swim meet. It was love at first sight for her. And we also get to see her life after Jesse’s “death” when she starts seeing Sam.
These two guys are complete opposites. Jessie is an excellent swimmer with a ton of talent. There are even whispers around town that he could make it all the way to the Olympics. That's what his parents want and expect from him, but it’s not necessarily what Jesse wants for himself.
And then there's Sam…who Emma also meets in high school when he gets a job working at her parents bookstore. Samson musician he's very gifted at learning how to playing musical instruments and he already knows how to play six or seven of them. After hanging out with her at the bookstore he seems to really like her and he asked her out but because she only has eyes for Jessie she turned him down.
Maybe In Another Life is a sweet contemporary read that just might have you believing there's such a thing as true love and possibly even more than one true love. I just wish that the author would’ve delved more deeply into the characters of Sam and Jess. I would have loved the opportunity to have known them a little better. The story was very easy to get into and I kept turning the pages hoping that Emma would pick the guy I had in mind. Taylor Jenkins Reid does a really good job of creating realistic stories and characters and putting them in situations with added drama and emotion. I have no doubt I will read more of her books in the future.
RATING: 3 out of 5
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Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She is the author of Forever, Interrupted, After I Do andMaybe In Another Life. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.
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Atria/Washington Square Press Paperback | ISBN: 9781476776903 | On sale: June 7, 2016 | 352 pages | $16.00
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