First Comes Love - Emily Giffin

First Comes Love

By Emily Giffin

  • Release Date: 2016-06-28
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 677 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A pair of sisters find themselves at a crossroads in this dazzling new novel from the author of Something Borrowed, Where We Belong, and The One & Only. First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever that may lead.

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.

Praise for First Comes Love

“An engaging story of sisterly love . . . Illuminating and engrossing.”—People
“[Emily] Giffin delivers another emotionally honest work. . . .  First Comes Love is a heart-stirring novel about the many layers of sibling rivalry.”Associated Press
First Comes Love brings [Giffin] 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

“Moving and complex, [First Comes Love] proves [that Emily Giffin is] still at the top of her game.”Booklist

“Giffin juggles Josie’s quest for motherhood and Meredith’s internal conflicts deftly. . . . Giffin paints a realistic portrait of the troubled and complex relationship between a pair of sisters.”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

“Giffin’s talent is pretty much unparalleled when it comes to the modern woman’s story about life, love and family.”Redbook

“[A] well-written family drama.”—Real Simple

“Fans will be entertained by the author’s humor and satisfied by her storytelling”—Atlanta Journal-Constitution


  • ...and then comes marriage....and then

    By rokinrev
    [ I received this book last summer as part of a Read It Forward giveaway promotion from Ballantine Books, and am way behind in this read/review which I do voluntarily. How I received it has no influence on what I have written] "Grief is a mystery to be lived through, not a problem to be solved" Two sisters, Josephine and Meredith live in Atlanta where they grew up. Everything was so good until their brother Daniel is killed on his birthday in a car accident. It becomes a tragically defining moment, changing absolutely everything in the family as they all drift apart. Josie becomes a primary schoolteacher, Meredith a lawyer and after divorcing, Mom becomes a real estate agent and Dad goes deeper into alcoholism. Everybody loses. Maybe not loses. Maybe just live up to different expectations. They each mourn in their own ways, some good, some not so much. But their choices have brought others into their lives: husband, children, different couplings along the way, for better and for worse. Meredith comes to crossroads in her marriage. Josie makes decisions and finally follows through with them. The dance of maturity brings pain and joy as they deal with not being stuck. This book has begun its second big push as it goes into paperback and I really don't want to give any more of the plot away. I felt this, my first Griffin book, was a very satisfyingly read that kept me wondering what might happen next. It also felt real, it really could, or maybe even has happened. This will not be my last book by this author. Four 1/2 stars
  • If I could give less I would!!

    By Jen*Jen84
    What was I thinking, buying this? The worst compilation, of whiny, self-centered writing I've read- I could not even finish it. The characters are shallow, one dimensional and down right boring. They complain about everything and there is no story line. If you are into white supremacy, and first world problems, this is your book. Yes- I am also wondering how this ended up on my reading list. Oh by the way the way she devalues rescue dogs is despicable.
  • Good, quick read

    By Mjoypick
    Kept my attention. Didn't care for Meredith's character but I guess it's part of the story. Ending could've been better but overall kept me turning the pages and feeling for the characters.
  • Amazing

    By Francejoli1210
    This book was more than good! I love Emily, I have read all her books! I hope there is a squeal to this one ! Would love to know what happens with Josie, Gabe, Meredith, Nolan and Pete!!! Xoxo
  • Simply bummed...

    By DSMGSX1
    Emily Griffin is one of my favorite authors but this book missed the boat. Not an enjoyable read at all. Characters were unlikeable. The story dragged with no real high points. And the ending was terrible. Just a bummed out reading experience.
  • Wishfully hoping it was as good as other Griffin books

    By Bodenst3
    Normally, Griffin writes with twists and turns that make you wanting more and keep you reading." First Comes Love" was a fine read just not the normal heart bumping drama that come from her other girly reads. Still a fan of Griffin and will continue reading her work.
  • First Comes Love

    By Nursemarcy3
    Most of Griffin's books are fun and funny! This one was dark and I have enough to family drama to deal with to pay money to read about it. So disappointed. Don't waste your $ unless you need a good dose of depression.
  • 2.5 stars

    By Timewaste987a
    Big fan of Emily's writing but really not her best work. Characters were unlikeable. Ending left you unsatisfied, but also not wanting more. Relationships were underdeveloped. Hope her next is better!
  • Love this author, but didn't like these characters

    By LuvingPing
    I buy Emily Giffin books even before I know the subject because she is a wonderful writer and her characters are well drawn. I usually finish her books in 2-3 days. It took me 3 weeks to read this book because I found the characters to be totally unlikable. Although I sympathize with the loss of a sibling, the selfish, finger-pointing characters didn't make me enthusiastic to find out how their story would end. Still an Emily Giffin fan!
  • Love Giffin.... But

    By Plgates
    Hate to say it... But this was just awful... Long and tedious story with no "punchline" whatsoever to create interest..... Characters were unlikeable and storyline just weird. Virtually no ending... Just stopped.