First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

Abis Book Blog First Comes Love Emily Giffin Book ReviewBrief Summary: First Comes Love is a novel about family and relationships. It follows the life of two sisters Josie and Meredith 15 years after their brothers tragic death. They both have to come to terms with his death and how it affected their lives.

Meredith, the quiet one, originally had aspirations of being an actress but later settled with the steadier paycheck and lifestyle of being a lawyer. Josie is the unconventional party girl of the family. She is in her late thirties and is now considering starting a family. After the death of Daniel, their parents relationship when south and ended in divorce.

Emily Giffin invites us into the Garland’s World. She touches on sibling rivalries and familial bonds. She reminds us that in the midst of all the turmoils and troubles of life, First Comes Love.

What I enjoyed about this book: I generally like Emily Giffin’s writing style. It’s very easy and light reading serves as a welcome distraction from the daily grind. The story line and dialog are quite fluid and kept me engaged.

What I didn’t enjoy: Although I enjoyed this book, I didn’t like the ending. It wasn’t the happy go lucky ending that I love to see in romantic comedies and it didn’t have much closure.

Overall, I would recommend this book if you are looking for a nice, light easy beach read. I  predict that this will be made into a movie very soon.

Source: Library Hardcover copy – I got on the wait list very late and had to wait about a month and a half to get this book
Author: Emily Giffin
Link to book: First Comes Love
Publishing date: June 2016
Pages: 400pgs
Audio Version: First Comes Love
Other books by Emily Giffin

Can You Keep A Secret by Sophie Kinsella

Can you keep a secret by Sophie Kinsella

I was looking for a light read when I picked up this book from a used bookstore. With all the intense and deep analysis I work on all day, I need something that is very easy and relaxing to read. I recently stumbled upon the Shopaholic series and really enjoy Sophie Kinsella’s style of writing. I pick up a few of her books at a time to give me a few months of light reading material.

As with most of Kinsella’s writings, there is a ditzy but lovable heroine, Emma. She tells all her secrets to a stranger she meets on a plane. Only to find that he isn’t a stranger after all. Kinsella weaves an interesting story where you always want the heroine to come out on top and of course she does.  This is a great light read for the beach or vacation or just to clear your mind. Its quite humorous and entertaining and will keep you smiling.

I would recommend this book if you enjoy Mary Kay Andrews writings and other chick lit books. If you enjoyed watching Bridget Jones Diary or Love Actually, I think you’ll enjoy this one. I usually buy paperback copies of my chick-lit and save my audible listenings for the self help and inspirational material.

This book was first published in 2003, the paperback version has about 300 pages. You can order a copy from here.

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

twentiesgirlI enjoyed reading the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella, so Twenties Girl seemed like it would be a good read. Sophie writes books with ditzy heroines that fall in love, basically the premise of most chick-lit books and her books are usually funny and light reads. I bought this book a few months ago from a used bookstore. It’s an old book but I am looking forward to some laughs and carefree reading.

Twenties Girl is a light hearted read about, a HR recruiter, Lara Lington who is visited by the spirit of her great-aunt Sadie. Sadie, a ghost/spirit asks for Lara’s help with finding one of her treasures, a lovely necklace. Sadie guides Lara through a series of hilarious events to find the necklace and also to finding love.

This was a tough read for me because the concept of a ghost/spirit communicating with a human, just didn’t seem real to me. I struggled through this book, although it eventually picked up towards the end. I understand that romantic comedies are mostly unrealistic but this was a bit far fetched and it started annoying me. I read this book all the way until the end although I kept thinking about returning it to the store. I guess the author did a great job of keeping me curious despite my annoyance.