First Comes Love

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 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 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 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.

My Review

This was an fine read. I just did not feel the sorrow or strong family bond with Josie and Meredith's family. Although I did appreciate Josie and Meredith bond as sisters. Yet, I was more drawn towards Josie and her carefree personality. Even though their marriage was fractured, I was on Nolan's side. When things got difficult it seemed that Meredith would retreat into herself or lash out at Nolan. Out of the two sisters, Meredith appeared to be closer to her brother.

This book was long kind of like a tome more than a book, which would not have bothered me if I had shared a strong connection with the characters in this story. This may not have been one of my favorite books by this author but I will still read more books by this author.

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