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 family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond. 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 ends up in 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 they need each other more than they knew . . . and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first. Emotionally honest and utterly enthralling, First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever that may lead.
“But there is one constant, one thing you can always count on: that not only does love come first, but at the end, it is the only thing that remains.” Emily Giffin, First Comes Love
Emily Giffin is one of my favorite authors and I think she is phenomenal. I always look forward to her new releases and enjoy her novels. Like many, I fell in love with her un-putdownable (is that a word?) first novels (Something Borrowed, and Something Blue). I feel her books have the right amount of wittiness, girlishness and drama. First Comes Love was entertaining and an easy breezy read. I liked most of the characters, but I am still not sure how I feel about Meredith…She was a bit annoying (perhaps it was Giffin’s intention?). If you have siblings, you will appreciate the storyline – especially if you are sisters. This novel reiterates how important and necessary a family is.