I just finished reading First Comes Love by Emily Giffin, a story of dealing with the after effects of grief on a family. Josie and Meredith are sisters who have nothing in common except for the fact that they both lost their beloved brother as teenagers. Fifteen years later, they still haven’t really recovered from the loss or the lingering effects of their grief. From the outside, Meredith has a perfect marriage, a beautiful daughter and is an up and coming lawyer. Josie, on the other hand, is a first grade teacher, unmarried, going through meaningless dates, with her biological clock ticking loudly. But it turns out that these two sisters actually have a lot in common, they are both miserable and it relates to their brother’s death and their inability to own their actions. As the secrets start to come out, the family drama builds. Giffin has created strong female characters facing a society who frowns on their life choices as they face the idea of forgiveness from others and themselves. The characters are flawed, which is realistic, but often frustrating, and the sibling relationship is so perfectly played. In many ways, First Comes Love is a beautiful beach read, but it is, also, so much more, a story of siblings, and a reflection on how we need to live each and every moment fully, consciously, because we only have this moment, nothing in life is guaranteed.

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