Title: First Comes Love
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romantic Elements
Author: Emily Griffin
Publisher: Ballantine Books, June 2016, preorder available
Source: Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program
Sexy Rating: 2
Description from Amazon.com:
A pair of sisters find themselves at a crossroads in this dazzling new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Where We Belong, and The One & Only. First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever that may lead.
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 delicate bond splinters.
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 is assigned to 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 that they need each other more than they knew—and that in the search for true happiness, love always comes first.
Daniel Garland, 26 year old med school grad with a bright future, has died suddenly in a car accident. This we learn in the prologue and then we are thrust 15 years into the future lives of the family he left behind. Especially the lives of his two younger sisters, Josie, a first grade teacher, and Meredith an attorney. Through alternating chapters we learn of each woman’s present life and flashbacks to the prior years since Daniel’s death.
Although this is 400 pages it is a quick read. I could not help but be immersed in the lives of each of these women. Their animosity toward each other at times was annoying but Ms. Griffin is at the top of her game in fleshing out the women’s motivations. There are secrets uncovered and some surprises.
I can recommend this book for the fascinating character study that it is and also for an entertaining read.