First Comes Love: A Novel by Emily GiffinFirst Comes Love: A Novel by Emily Giffin

First Comes Love: A Novel

byEmily Giffin

Hardcover | June 28, 2016

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The One & Only, two thirty-something sisters find themselves facing the question: if love and marriage and children don't all come together at once, which do you fight for?

Meredith thought she'd done it all right--married the perfect man, had the perfect daughter--but as she grows increasingly restless, she can't help but wonder if she got the love part wrong.
     Josie has been happily single for years, but she wants a child of her own so much she's one bad date away from heading straight for the baby carriage all on her own.
     These sisters, whose relationship was strained by the tragic death of their older brother over a decade ago, now find that they need each other more than they realized.
EMILY GIFFIN is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practising litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she quit her job to write full time. Emily is the author of seven New York Times bestselling novels: Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You're Wi...
Title:First Comes Love: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.52 × 6.35 × 1.31 inPublished:June 28, 2016Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my fav Giffin novel Im never disappointed with an Emily Griffin book. I think I would have enjoyed this more if I hadnt of read it right after finishing The One and Only. I read this in only a couple of days and I did enjoy it. I loved reading from Josie's perspective. I had a really hard time liking Meredith though. She is so negative to EVERY ONE around her, even sometimes Harper. I found her very frustrating and I thought it was ironic how selfish she finds Josie when I found Meredith to be the selfish one. All in all it was a great read and would recommend for a rainy day!! Thank you again Mrs. Giffin!!
Date published: 2018-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you enjoy her other novels, this one won’t disappoint This book was a great beach read. Similar to her other novels, it flows easily and is a nice smooth read. Great for those who enjoy her other novels, this one doesn’t disappoint.
Date published: 2018-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok read I have read many of her books and i thoroughly enjoy them and her as an author. this was just ok, I probably won't recommend it to anyone or read it again. it was a little on the slow side and I didn't like how there was no epilogue to let us know how things worked out for everyone afterward. you have a general idea, but still.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read. Good characters with lots of drama. Nice bedtime read.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Well written with lots of drama and interesting characters. A good read before bed.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun read This was a fun and easy read. I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent! Such a great easy read! I have read all of her books and this is just the same as the others. The story did get slow at some points but otherwise I thought it was well done.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The story ended when I finally felt like it was starting Extremely disappointing. I usually enjoy her books but this one just didn't work. I felt like the story lagged and when I finally felt like it was picking up, it just abruptly ended.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Emily Giffen all her books are fantastic ! I love Emily Giffen all her books are fantastic !
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not her best I enjoyed this book, but not nearly as much as her earlier novels.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining read I like the authors writing style and her books are always easy to get into. Not as good as her previous books, but it was still an entertaining read.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 Stars I haven't picked up an Emily Giffin book in 10 years (?) but grabbed this one on sale and it exceeded my expectations. First Comes Love had an intriguing plot but was quite predictable from early on. I would recommend this book for an easy beach read.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Typical Giffin Although much better than her previous book (The One and Only), all Giffin's books are very similar, and for me, I'm not enjoying them as much as I used to. But if you love and still enjoy Giffin, then this is a good book to read
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book by a great author You'll find yourself both loving and hating both sisters every time you change chapters! Another great book by Emily Giffin - an author who truly understands how to write characters that people connect with!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Book! She's a great writer. It was a good book!
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Similar writing to her other books, easy read!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Authour I have enjoyed anything I have read of Emily Griffin. She creates great stories that keep you turning pages.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Easy read. I find all of Giffin's books to have likeable characters, and are easy to read. Just enough to give you a little escape from your day-to-day.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from one of her better novels I've read all of her novels and usually they are so predictable and have rushed endings. This one was very enjoyable. #teamjosie
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from one of her better books I find her books very predictable, with absolutely no ending. This book is an exception, definitely one of her better novels. #teamjosie
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Long winded I found this book dragged. The vocabulary and plot is simple but the story line dragged on forever. Make up your mind main characters. I loved Emily Giffin's previous novels but this is not her best work. Buy the audio version or skip this read!
Date published: 2016-09-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to like characters and far-fetched plot I love normally 'chick-lit', especially in the summer, but I found this book to be awful. The writing is fine but the characters are grating and hard to root for. The plot is just so ridiculous it makes the book frustrating to read- I found myself skipping a lot of pages just to get to the predictable ending.
Date published: 2016-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! Emily is the best author ever. Her writing makes me feel like I'm right there with the characters. I procrastinated finishing the book because I didn't want it to be over. The worse part is waiting until she writes a new one. Bravo! :)
Date published: 2016-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from to short but sweet! Emily giffin is my favorite author I have loved all her books sense something borrowed! This book was no exception!! I loved merthdith from the start and found Josie kind of annoying but understood why they were both the way they where, Emily did great explaining backstory. The only thing was that I felt it ended quick!! So hope theres a sequel!
Date published: 2016-07-10

Read from the Book

JOSIE   It is the first day of school, a symbolic and hopeful fresh start, at least that’s what I tell myself as I stand before my captive, well-scrubbed audience of ten boys and eleven girls in my J.Crew finest—gold ballet flats, gray pants, and a pink, sequined sweater set. Sitting cross-legged on the braided rug, some children beam back at me, while others wear blank expressions, waiting without judging. It is the beauty of first graders. They are guileless, not a jaded one among them.   Odds are good that they’d heard that they’d scored in the great, mysterious teacher lottery before they even walked through my classroom door, adorned with a construction-paper maple tree, cutouts of twenty-one personalized bluebirds, and a banner swinging from the boughs that exclaims: WELCOME TO MISS JOSIE’S NEST!   After fourteen years teaching at the same elementary school, I have a reputation as fun, energetic, and creative. I am not considered strict, but not a pushover, either. Incidentally, I am also known as the “pretty teacher,” which some parents (fathers and mothers alike) seem to value as much as anything else, including straight-up intelligence, a sentiment that has always confounded and vaguely annoyed me. I mean, I know I’m not teaching quantum calculus, but I am instilling critical survival skills in children, teaching them how to add and subtract, tell time, count money, and most important, really read, unlocking the mystery of consonant combinations and abstract sounds, blended and pronounced as words, strung together in sentences, filling the pages of books, whether with or without pictures. It might seem like Groundhog Day to some, including a few of my colleagues who really need to change professions, but I am passionate about what I do, thrilled to watch things click for a new crop of children every year.   Yet amid the anticipation is always a melancholy feeling that the summer is over, coupled with a familiar prickling of self-doubt and anxiety that has marked all my first days of school, both as a teacher and as a student before that. I consider the many potential obstacles ahead, wondering how many of my kids will have ADHD or dyslexia or other garden-variety learning issues. Who will become frustrated or disheartened when they fall behind their peers? Which children will have impossible-to-please parents who will bombard me with emails and calls, make outlandish suggestions for our curriculum, or point out grammatical errors in my newsletters under the guise of constructive criticism? (No matter how many times I proofread my correspondence, it is inevitable that at some point during the year I will misspell a word or misplace an apostrophe, mistakes that somehow seem more egregious from a teacher than, say, a lawyer or doctor.)   Then there is the disturbing matter of Edie Carlisle, the firstborn of my most significant ex, Will Carlisle. Will and I broke up years ago—eight to be exact—but I’m not yet over him, at least not completely. And I simply can’t believe that his little girl has been assigned to my class, a fact I try in vain to forget as I launch into my script, a variation of what I say every year.   Hello, boys and girls! My name is Miss Josie! I grew up right here in Atlanta and graduated from the University of Georgia. Go Dawgs! I love animals and have a rescue dog named Revis. I have one sister and a beautiful four-year-old niece named Harper. My favorite color is pink, like my sweater. My hobbies include swimming, reading, baking cookies, dancing, and playing board games. I’m good at keeping secrets and being a trustworthy friend. I hope you will all be good friends to one another this year. I’m so excited to get to know each and every one of you and I feel very lucky to be your teacher!   It sounded pretty good, the exuberant delivery elevating it to a solid A, even though I could hear the annotated version in my head, which went something like this:   Every time I say “Miss Josie” I think it sounds like a stripper—a job I fleetingly considered taking one summer in college because strippers make a hell of a lot more money than waitresses. And teachers, for that matter. I have a dog, and a sister named Meredith. She drives me nuts, and I would mostly avoid her altogether if it weren’t for my niece, Harper. I used to have an older brother, but he died in a car accident a long time ago, something I don’t like to talk about, especially to my students. I think the subject of one’s favorite color is supremely boring because it really doesn’t tell you much of anything (color for what—a car or a purse or your bedroom walls?), but for some inexplicable reason, you all seem hyperfocused on it, so I’m going to say pink because roughly half of you will be pleased with my choice and at least a third of you will marvel over the coincidence of sharing the same favorite hue. Swimming isn’t really a hobby, just a thing I sometimes do at the Y in an attempt to keep off the weight that I’m prone to gaining around my midsection (from all the cookies I bake, then eat), something you seem not to notice or at least not to judge. I do enjoy board games, but I’d rather play drinking games with my friends—or go dancing with them (did I mention I could have been a stripper fifteen pounds ago?). I can keep secrets, especially my own, which is a good thing, because if your parents knew some of my skeletons, they might send around a petition to have me fired. Friendship means everything to me because I’m thirty-seven and can’t find a decent man to marry, which is depressing both because I don’t want to be alone and because I adore children more than anything else in the world. I know I’m running out of time, at least to birth my own. Please be nice to one another this year because the one thing I will not tolerate on my watch is mean girl (or boy) escapades—though fortunately those dynamics don’t really kick in until next year, yet another reason to teach the first grade. I’m so excited to get to know each and every one of you, and that includes you, Edie Carlisle. Did your father tell you that he dumped me right before he married your mother and had you? I will do my best not to hold this against you, but please show a little mercy and keep your happy-home anecdotes to a minimum.   I smile down at their eager, shining faces and say, “So? Do you have any questions for me?”   Four hands shoot into the air, and as I consider who is the least likely to ask the one query I have come to loathe, a fidgety boy with messy hair and ruddy cheeks blurts it out: Do you have a husband?   Three seconds flat. A new record. Congrats, Wesley, I think, glancing at his laminated name tag which I made over the weekend, and making a mental note to work into the curriculum that a bare left ring finger means please do not ask questions on the topic of marriage. Perhaps I could squeeze it in between our weather unit and the introduction to the metric system.   I force a bigger, brighter smile, doing my best to ignore the knot in my chest. “No, Wesley. I’m not married. Maybe one day! And let’s try to remember to raise our hands before we call out. Like this,” I say, raising my hand for a visual demonstration. “Okay?”   Wesley’s head bobs up and down while I reassure myself that surely Edie knows nothing about my relationship with her father. After all, any knowledge of his romantic past would indicate inappropriate mothering— and I’m sure that Andrea (pronounced on-DRAY-ah) Carlisle has immaculate judgment to go along with her impeccable taste, which I’ve gleaned from stalking her Pinterest page. Gluten-free snacks! Homemade Halloween costumes! Postpregnancy workouts you can do with your child! Paint colors for a serene master suite! Thank God the woman’s Instagram and Facebook profiles are set to private—a small blessing from the social media gods.  

Editorial Reviews

National Bestseller#1 New York Times Bestseller"An engaging story of sisterly love. . . . Illuminating and engrossing." —People"Kudos to Giffin for it takes a talented and resourceful writer to create a wealth of characters and have them all be fully described for the reader to understand and enjoy. . . . Two years is too long to have to wait for a new Emily Giffin book, but First Comes Love brings her back with a vengeance. Tales of sisters have been at the core of other great novels, but Giffin turns that relationship upside down and makes her view a fascinating one." —Huffington Post "This well-written and engaging story explores how relationships evolve and people can surprise us if we let them. . . . [First Comes Love] is sure to be a great discussion starter for book groups and a hit with [Giffin’s] many fans." —Library Journal "[A] well-written family drama." —Real Simple"Giffin is a great writer and the psychologically complex narrative races along, making for compulsive reading. [First Comes Love] is a compelling portrait of a family in crisis; warm, witty, wise and so honest it occasionally made me wince. I loved it." —Daily Mail (UK)"[First Comes Love] is rich with well-drawn characters. . . . Giffin's fans will be pleased with this fast-paced, witty and thoughtful new offering." —Kirkus Reviews"This is Giffin at her finest—a fantastic, memorable story." —Publishers Weekly  "First Comes Love is an un-put-down-able, smart, and thoughtful novel that will make you think about the nature of family and how our past informs our present." —PopSugar"Moving and complex, [First Comes Love] proves [that Emily Giffin is] still at the top of her game." —Booklist "Giffin's talent is pretty much unparalleled when it comes to the modern woman's story about life, love and family." —Redbook"Heart-stirring. . . . It's a story about the past and the future, fighting and forgiveness. It's a story about following your heart. It's a story that insists readers consider in their own lives, 'Should love come first?'" —Associated Press