Must Read Monday (41): Emily Giffin’s First Comes Love & Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty

Welcome to another edition of Must Read Monday!

This feature is where I spotlight older, recent, or upcoming releases I am looking forward to. The lists will include all genres I like to read, everything from picture books to comics, children’s lit to adult fiction!

This week: upcoming adult fiction releases by two bestselling authors! First up is First Comes Love by Emily Giffin. I have pretty faithfully been reading Emily Giffin’s novels since falling in love with Baby Proof. While I wasn’t the biggest fan of Something Borrowed and sadly had to mark The One & Only as a DNF, my hopes are up for First Comes Love. This latest release sounds like a return to form of sorts for Giffin, so fingers crossed! Second up is Truly Madly Guilty from one of my personal favourite authors, Liane Moriarty. I have loved everything I’ve read by Moriarty, with The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies vying for top spot. As you’ll read from the book description, Truly Madly Guilty promises more sharp writing, scandal, drama, and multi-narrative excitement. I cannot wait!

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First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
Expected publication: June 28, 2016 by Ballantine Books

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. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover that they need each other more than they knew—and that in the search for true happiness, love always comes first.

 

 

imageTruly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Expected publication: July 26, 2016 by Flatiron Books

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty turns her unique, razor-sharp eye towards three seemingly happy families.

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?

 

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