First Comes Love

First Comes Love

Large Print - 2016
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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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410490247
Branch Call Number: F Giffin
Characteristics: 573 pages (large print) ;,23 cm
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Feb 27, 2019

Not nearly as good as her first books. This book was just okay and seemed to drag out.

May 16, 2017

I agree with an earlier post about not really sure whether I was going to finish reading it or not. Both characters were particularly annoying. I keep waiting for something to make me like them in any appreciable way. I think the author has run out of decent material to write about.

sunmist18 Nov 13, 2016

This was my first book by Emily Giffin. While reading was thorn between giving the book four stars or three. Finally settled on 3.5
The book is well written, easy to follow, but just didn't do much for me.
Even though I sympathized with both sisters(main characters), I thought their obsession with death of older sibling ( 15 years ago) was way over the top.
Average. Ordinary. Just ok.

Nov 03, 2016

Surprisingly flat and two-dimensional characters. The plot concerns the life of two sisters after the death of their brother, 15 years earlier. But for the women in their late 30s, they seemed immature, petty, flippant, angry and clueless. I had a hard time from the very beginning of the book trying to decide if I wanted to finish it. I've read several books by Emily Giffin and she always tries to come to a subject from multiple perspectives so I kept with it to the end. This book - about marriage and children - didn't work because the problems of the women seemed both exaggerated and frivolous. In the end I just didn't buy into the characters. A disappointing read.

Sep 19, 2016

A good book for its' genre. However, this is not my normal genre. A good "diversion"

Aug 29, 2016

Not as good as her first books.

Aug 26, 2016

This novel centers around two sisters, Meredith and Josie Garland. The prologue opens the story with a family tragedy, but you learn a fair bit about the family in it. Josie is impulsive, a bit of a party girl. Meredith is more reserved, an introvert. They don't have the best relationship. Then the tragedy strikes.

Aug 02, 2016

I thought the characters did not show much sign of maturity for people in their late 30s - not a good read

Aug 01, 2016

When I started reading ":First Comes Love," I thought I'd lost my taste for Chick-Lit - I just couldn't get into it; but my persistence paid off. This book is about family and friendship and the nuances within a family. It deals with tragedy and decisions. The book is alternately narrated by two sisters Meredith and Josie. We sees definite leaning towards portrayal of Josie in a better light than Meredith. Josie's decision to embrace motherhood in an unorthodox fashion is refreshing. We are tantalized by who will win the sperm race but the ending is no surprise. An interesting read.

Jul 06, 2016

I really enjoyed this book! It was one of those stories I couldn't wait to get back to each time.
I always enjoy Emily Griffin's book.

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