In the end, it’s always love first. It’s the first factor that drives relationships, derails it, and then mows it back to the right track. For me, that is the message, and the lesson that is in the heart of Emily Giffin’s ‘First Comes Love,’ her latest novel after a two year hiatus. This is a story of a family torn apart by the death of one of its members. It’s a story of how grief changes the paths of the lives of the people left behind, and it’s a grand return for Giffin.
Even though I was kind of disappointed with her last book, I was still first in line waiting to read Giffin’s new novel. I think she is one of the best contemporary commercial writers today – her story is always thoughtful and meaningful, and ‘First Comes Love’ is no exception. I related to it in a lot of ways. First of all, it dealt with grief, and how different people react differently from it. I felt like this book spoke to me as experienced death of someone close a year and a half ago. I have seen how it affects a family in a myriad ways, and in a lot of ways I still have not recovered. (I even ask myself will I ever…) The book is told from the point of view of the two sisters, Meredith and Josie. Although I thought I would identify with Meredith more, I found myself gravitating to Josie. (I also get a weird sense that Giffin liked Josie’s character more than Meredith? Or that could just be me projecting)
Giffin always writes a page-turner, and this book s no exception. I found myself emotionally connected to these characters and found myself furiously turning Kindle pages waiting to find out what would happen to these characters. And what happens is never predictable, but still believable – these characters are too real to be clichés. And the ending is satisfying. So, than you, Emily Giffin, because now I am officially off my reading rut as I am ready to tackle the next book in my giant TBR pile.