First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I won my ARC copy through a Goodreads Giveaway. I liked the book and the writing was good. I haven't read all of her books but my favorite is "The One and Only." The author seems to like to deal with difficult family relationship and she does this in First Comes Loves as well. Meredith and Josie are the main characters, they are sisters that experiences a great loss when their brother died and it has affected them in their lives over fifteen years later. I didn't feel connected or invested in either of the women. Their mutual dislike for one another was hard to understand and hard to relate to. It may also be that I enjoy romance and there wasn't much in it at all. I also couldn't relate to Meredith (I think) that made decisions out of obligation or for fear of hurting her family and loved ones. Then Josie's relationship with her roommate and then potential love interest. To me each women didn't have very strong feeling except for their dislike of each other. Otherwise they were rather blah emotionally. And the big secret that was plaguing Josie wasn't surprising or I thought that horrible and the reaction by Meredith was over the top. It held my attention well and I finished it quickly. I just didn't feel connected to either main character. I felt more for the men in the story than I did for the women. Maybe my personal experiences within my family is so different than the women in her story that it made it hard to connect with. But I would say that it was a good read, just not great.
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