I’ve been a little quiet on blogs lately as I’m in the middle of a super busy time at work. I have been getting little bits and bobs of reading in though when I can. First Comes Love by Emily Giffin has been perfect for me this week as it’s given me the perfect short burst reading fixes I needed however has been easy enough to put down and pick back up when needed.
Josie and Meredith Garland grew up in a loving home, but their family is hit with disaster when they’re in their late teens, testing Garland family and their relationship as sisters. By the time the girls are in their thirties, they’re leading quite different lives; Josie is a first grade teacher, lives with her best friend Gabe and is single with no children whilst Meredith is a successful lawyer, married to the wonderful Nolan with whom she is raising their beautiful four year old daughter Harper. As the fifteenth anniversary of their family tragedy approaches, the sisters are forced to confront the struggles in their sibling relationship as well as their own personal battles. Both Josie and Meredith have to make decisions that will change the rest of their lives.
I have read mostly all of Emily Giffin’s books and this one was pretty much what I expected (in a positive way). It found it to be easy going, enjoyable and pleasant to read. I wasn’t able to sit down and devour this book but it didn’t require that from me. I was easily able to read a couple of chapters, put it down and pick it up again the following evening without feeling like I’d lost my bearings. I personally want that from a chick lit book; a little bit like a sit-com I expect to be able to jump in and out and still know what’s going on.
If I had to pick a sister I liked most, I think it would be Josie. If I had to pick a sister I think I’m most like, it would be Meredith. Not quite sure what that says about myself but there it is. I liked that Josie was a little bit more carefree and once she made a decision she jumped in with both feet. I found Meredith to be a little more cautious and sometimes a little bit too hard on herself. Meredith didn’t sugar coat her feelings about her sister in that she thought she was down right selfish. I couldn’t help but feel like Meredith was actually a little jealous of Josie’s ability to find something that she wanted and just go for it, putting herself first in a way that Meredith wouldn’t.
I have to be bluntly honest and say I was disappointed with the ending of this book. I was expecting it to be tied up in a nice bow and for me to get a lovely round up of the direction that all of the characters decided to take, but I don’t feel like I got that. I feel like it went someway there but I feel like I was left hanging a little.
All in all, I found this book enjoyable, it was easy to read and I found the characters interesting and relatable. If you’re looking for good chick lit to indulge in, I’d definitely pick this up!
“When you wanted to savor something, it would speed by in a blur. When you wanted to get past something, it would drag on forever.” – First Comes Love by Emily Giffin