Emma marries her high school sweetheart Jeese, but on their first wedding anniversary, he goes missing in a helicopter crash. He is presumed dead, so Emma must move on. A few years in the future, she has reconnected with her high school acquaintance Sam, and has made a new life for herself. Just months away from her and Sam’s wedding, she gets a call that Jesse is still alive and is coming back to her.
Spoiler Free Review:
This is my fifth book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, so I was somewhat prepared for the emotions this book would put me through, but it still made me really emotional.
At the beginning of the book, Emma is sure her husband is dead. Seeing her go through that pain was absolutely heartbreaking. It was even harder knowing that her husband was actually alive because you get to see her become stronger and build a life for herself, all based on the fact that her husband is dead.
Once Emma meets Jesse again, things get really awkward. All Jesse wanted was to pick up where he left off with Emma. He made her feel really terrible about moving on with Sam, even though the whole world assumed he was dead. He actually annoyed me a lot because he kept trying to invalidate how Emma was feeling and who she had become in his absence. The reasoning he had made sense, but there was no excuse for the way he made her feel so guilty.
I had no idea how this book was going to end. I really couldn’t predict if Emma was going to end up with Jesse, Sam, or neither of them. I was happy with how it ended though! I liked how the main conflict was resolved.
I really did love this book, even if it made me cry! For the record, I think all of her books have made me cry. I think one of the things that draws me to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books are the raw emotions that are so prevalent in her stories.