Monday, January 1, 2018

Love the One You're With: A Novel by Emily Giffin - Book Review

Love the One You're With: A Novel  
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Chick Lit
Originally Published: May 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

by Emily Giffin


Ellen and Andy have been married one year, and what an amazing year it has been! Ellen was lucky enough to marry a perfect gentleman who also happens to be her best friend's brother. Life is perfect. Well it was...until she unexpectedly runs into Leo in a busy New York intersection.

Leo with his dark eyes and mysterious smile. Leo is the "one who got away". Ellen and Leo shared a passionate but tumultuous time together when she was new to the city. They were everything she thought she ever needed, until one day it wasn't what he needed anymore.

Now she is faced with Leo again, years later. His voice, his smile, his everything. A flood of emotions come rushing back to Ellen. Ellen's once perfect marriage is now, not so perfect under her constant scrutiny. She is no longer sure that Andy is the man meant for her.

Ellen is faced with the difficult task of trying to sort through the past and the present. Did fate intervene by bringing Leo back into her life? Or will she be able to get through the fog of the past to live in the present with a clear view of the future? Will she be able to love the one she's with?

My Rating:  5 Stars

My Thoughts:

This is the 5th Emily Giffin novel I've read. To be quite honest, I wanted to read it, but I wasn't 100% sure I could. The cover is beautiful and simplistic, in typical EG style, which I love. My uncertainty was based off the title alone. The title hints at an internal conflict with the possibility of infidelity. Which, don't get me wrong, I've read other novels that include matters of infidelity, but this novel includes it in the title. I didn't want my husband (who does NOT read) to glance at my book and question why I would read such a book. Silly, I know, but husbands are funny creatures and I didn't want to hurt his ego or feed any insecurities. My solution, I purchased the audible edition! I made sure to listen while I was in the car or plugged into ear buds while cleaning the house. Brilliant!

On to the book, Emily Giffin did not let me down! I think most people, women particularly, have someone in their past that they think about occasionally. I don't necessarily mean in a romantic way, (but some may!) just in a way that lets their mind wander. Maybe due to a lull in life, or a fight with their spouse, or just plain curiosity. How that person is doing, how life could have been different if you'd made a different choice, what if, what if, etc., etc. EG taps into this curiosity when Ellen has a chance run-in with her "one who got away".

As Ellen indulges in her thoughts of the past her visions of the future also blur. She questions her marriage and this life that she has built with Andy. Ellen is faced with an extremely tough decision to make, should she continue on this path of life with her real life Prince Charming Andy even if she has begun to feel a bit neglected or should she turn back time and venture onward with the mysterious Leo even though he broke her heart once?

I thoroughly enjoyed following Ellen through her journey of discovery. I also love that Emily Giffin's love for New York shines through in her novels. I finally visited New York (I won the trip on the radio! Eek!) this year so I can fully appreciate her love of the city. It is hard to write more (as much as I want to) without spoiling the ending. I do highly recommend this book for lovers of realistic fiction, chick lit, and NYC. Emily, once again, did not disappoint!

Side note: If you get your hands on the Audible version of this novel, be sure to listen to the interview with Emily at the end. She tells about her inspiration for this novel. I loved it! She is an amazing lady.

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Disclaimer: As mentioned above, I purchased this through Audible with my own money. The thoughts and opinion above are my own.

For your convenience, you can purchase your copy here! Once you've read, let me know your thoughts. Enjoy!

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