Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. Her husband’s tech business is booming, and her adored son, Finch, is bound for Princeton. But sometimes, the girl in her who was raised solidly middle-class wonders if she has gotten just a little too comfortable.
Thomas Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs. His adored daughter, Lila, was recently accepted to Nashville’s most prestigious private high school on a scholarship. But with a Latina mom, Lila doesn’t always blend in.
Then one devastating photo changes everything. Lila passes out at a party, drunk and half-naked. Finch snaps a picture, types out a caption and sends it out to a few friends. The photo spreads quickly, and before long, an already divided community is buzzing with scandal and assigning blame. In the middle of it all, Nina finds herself relating more to Thomas than her own husband.
In this riveting novel, Emily Giffin tells a story of characters who face impossible choices, but emerge to live more truly to themselves than they ever have before.
Growing up, sisters 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 family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond.
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 ends up in 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 brother’s death 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 they need each other more than they knew and that, in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first.
Emotionally honest and utterly enthralling, FIRST COMES LOVE is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever that may lead.
Praise for FIRST COMES LOVE:
“[Readers] will not want to put down Emily Giffin’s latest, about two sisters grappling with their choices and each other.” -Cosmopolitan
“An engaging story of sisterly love […] Illuminating and engrossing.” -People Magazine
“Giffin delivers another emotionally honest work […] FIRST COMES LOVE is a heart-stirring novel about the many layers of sibling rivalry.” -Associated Press
“This is Giffin at her finest—a fantastic, memorable story.” -Publishers Weekly
“[FIRST COMES LOVE] is rich with well-drawn characters. […] Giffin’s fans will be pleased with this fast-paced, witty, and thoughtful new offering.” -Kirkus Reviews
“Moving and complex. Giffin’s latest […] proves she’s still at the top of her game.” -Booklist
“Giffin’s talent is pretty much unparalleled when it comes to the modern woman’s story about life, love and family.” -Redbook
“This well-written and engaging story explores how relationships evolve and people can surprise us if we let them… [FIRST COMES LOVE] is sure to be a great discussion starter for book groups and a hit with [Giffin’s] many fans.” -Library Journal
Thirty-three year old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her town’s beloved team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation where she has remained for over a decade.
But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally leaves her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.
Praise for THE ONE AND ONLY:
“Each and every page of this story is entertaining... Giffin is a talented writer who always comes up with a plot that is just a bit different than anything others are writing about... find a shady spot; get a cool drink, and just luxuriate in the joy of a book well written.” –The Huffington Post
“…her books’ protagonists happen to be women with relationship ‘issues,’ they’re just as likely with what it means to be a good friend, family member, or co-worker to people of both sexes as they try to find love. They also live full, interesting lives outside the purely personal realm—no more so than Shea Rigsby, the funny, flawed but sympathetic central character in THE ONE AND ONLY.” –Atlanta Journal Constitution
“To fill your Friday Night Lights void: A tale of die-hard love in a diehard Texas football town from the bestselling author of SOMETHING BORROWED.” –Cosmopolitan
“THE ONE AND ONLY is one to read.” –Associated Press
Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian''s perfectly constructed world--and her very identity--will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.
For the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves--a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.
Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie—a boy who has never known his father. After too many disappointments, she has given up on romance—and even, to some degree, friendships—believing that it is always safer not to expect too much.
Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, the two have relatively little in common aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined.
In alternating, pitch-perfect points of view, Emily Giffin creates a moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most.
How do you know if you’ve found the one? Can you really love the one you’re with when you can’t forget the one who got away?
Emily Giffin, author of the New York Times bestselling novels SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE, and BABY PROOF, poses these questions—and many more—with her highly anticipated, thought-provoking novel LOVE THE ONE YOU'RE WITH.
Ellen and Andy’s first year of marriage doesn’t just seem perfect, it is perfect. There is no question how deep their devotion is, and how naturally they bring out the best in each other. But one fateful afternoon, Ellen runs into Leo for the first time in eight years. Leo, the one who brought out the worst in her. Leo, the one who left her heartbroken with no explanation. Leo, the one she could never quite forget. When his reappearance ignites long-dormant emotions, Ellen begins to question whether the life she’s living is the one she’s meant to live. At once heartbreaking and funny, LOVE THE ONE YOU'RE WITH is a tale of lost loves and found fortunes—and will resonate with anyone who has ever wondered what if.
From the author of the smash hits SOMETHING BORROWED and SOMETHING BLUE comes a novel that explores the question: is there ever a deal-breaker when it comes to true love?
First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes . . . a baby carriage? Isn’t that what all women want?
Not so for Claudia Parr. And just as she gives up on finding a man who feels the same way, she meets warm, wonderful Ben. Things seem too good to be true when they fall in love and agree to buck tradition with a satisfying, child-free marriage. Then the unexpected occurs: one of them has a change of heart. One of them wants children after all.
Darcy Rhone thought she had it all figured out: the more beautiful the girl, the more charmed her life. Never mind substance. Never mind playing by the rules. Never mind karma.
But Darcy's neat, perfect world turns upside down when her best friend, Rachel White, the plain-Jane "good girl," steals her fiancé, while Darcy finds herself completely alone for the first time in her life…with a baby on the way.
Darcy tries to recover, fleeing to her childhood friend living in London and resorting to her tried-and-true methods for getting what she wants. But as she attempts to recreate her glamorous life on a new continent, Darcy finds that her rules no longer apply. It is only then that Darcy can begin her journey toward self-awareness, forgiveness, and motherhood.
SOMETHING BLUE is a novel about one woman's surprising discoveries about the true meaning of friendship, love, and happily-ever-after. It's a novel for anyone who has ever, even secretly, wondered if the last thing you want is really the one thing you need.
SOMETHING BORROWED tells the story of Rachel, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. Rachel has always been the consummate good girl--until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy's fiancé. Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren't always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. SOMETHING BORROWED is a phenomenal debut novel that will have you laughing, crying, and calling your best friend.