Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books, June 2016
Publisher Marketing: Publisher Marketing: 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.
Praise for Emily Giffin
Emily Giffin ranks as a grand master. . . . She has traversed the slippery slopes of true love, lost love, marriage, motherhood, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption that have led her to be called a modern-day Jane Austen. Chicago Sun-Times
A dependably down-to-earth, girlfriendly storyteller. The New York Times
Giffin s talent lies in taking relatable situations and injecting enough wit and suspense to make them feel fresh. People
Emily Giffin is the creator of characters so real and so enthrallingly flawed that people sometimes forget they are fictional. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
When it comes to writing stories that resonate with real women, bestselling author Emily Giffin has hit her stride. San Francisco Chronicle
Giffin knows a thing or two about writing a page turner. Southern Living
Giffin s writing is true, smart, and heartfelt. Entertainment Weekly
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