First Comes Love: A Novel
- Publish Date: 2017-04-04
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Emily Giffin
#1Â NEW YORK TIMESÂ BESTSELLER â¢Â A pair of sisters find themselves at a crossroads in this dazzling new novel from theÂ 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 heartâwherever 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 singleâand this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a motherâa feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriendâs daughter is assigned to her class. Determined to have the future sheâs 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, sheâs married to a wonderful man, and together theyâre 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 knewâand that in the search for true happiness, love always comes first.
Praise for First Comes Love
âAn engaging story of sisterly love . . . Illuminating and engrossing.ââPeople
â[Emily] Giffin delivers another emotionally honest work. . . . Â First Comes LoveÂ is a heart-stirring novel about the many layers of sibling rivalry.ââAssociated Press
âFirst Comes LoveÂ brings [Giffin] back with a vengeance. Tales of sisters have been at the core of other great novels, but Giffin turns that relationship upside down and makes her view a fascinating one.ââHuffington Post
âMoving and complex, [First Comes Love] proves [that Emily Giffin is] still at the top of her game.ââBooklist
âGiffin juggles Josieâs quest for motherhood and Meredithâs internal conflicts deftly. . . . Giffin paints a realistic portrait of the troubled and complex relationship between a pair of sisters.ââKirkus Reviews
âThis is Giffin at her finestâa fantastic, memorable story.ââPublishers Weekly
âFirst Comes Love is an un-put-down-able, smart, and thoughtful novel that will make you think about the nature of family and how our past informs our present.ââPopSugar
âGiffinâs talent is pretty much unparalleled when it comes to the modern womanâs story about life, love and family.ââRedbook
â[A] well-written family drama.ââReal Simple
âFans will be entertained by the authorâs humor and satisfied by her storytellingââAtlanta Journal-Constitution
From the Hardcover edition.