Booklist Reviews 2016 May #2
Fifteen years ago, the tragic death of 25-year-old Daniel Garland devastated his family. His sisters, Josie and Meredith, have built very different lives for themselves in the wake of their loss. Wild-child Josie became a schoolteacher but hasn't found anyone to settle down with aside from her platonic best friend and roommate, Gabe. Serious Meredith gave up her theatrical aspirations to become a lawyer and then married Daniel's closest friend, Nolan. On the cusp of turning 38, Josie shocks her family by announcing that she's decided to have a child on her own. Meredith is infuriated by what she sees as a reckless choice on Josie's part, but she's also grappling with a problem: her growing dissatisfaction with her marriage to Nolan. When Josie makes a devastating discovery about the night Daniel died, she hesitates over telling Meredith, knowing that it could destroy their already tenuous relationship forever. Moving and complex, Giffin's latest, following The One & Only (2014), proves she's still at the top of her game. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2016 January #1
Meredith has found love, marriage, and a baby carriage but is beginning to question it all, while sister Josie is enjoying her single life but really wants a child. Their conflicted desires pull them together after years of estrangement. Giffin's The One and Only hit the top of the New York Times best sellers list last year.[Page 64]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
LJ Reviews 2016 June #1
Sisters Josie and Meredith are each struggling with tough life choices testing their fragile sisterly bond as the 15th anniversary of the tragic death of their brother looms. Free-spirited Josie is ready for motherhood. But as she nears 40 without a serious romantic relationship, she opts for a sperm donor. Meredith has gone the more traditional route to motherhood and has a young daughter with her husband, Nolan. But all is not as idyllic as it appears to her Instagram followers or even those who know her IRL (in real life), and she has an increasingly difficult time hiding her unhappiness. As she and Josie begin to face the truth surrounding their brother's death, their relationship is called into question. This well-written and engaging story explores how relationships evolve and people can surprise us if we let them. VERDICT With a theme similar to other women's fiction dealing with sisterly conflict, such as Jennifer Weiner's In Her Shoes, Giffin's latest (after The One & Only) is sure to be a great discussion starter for book groups and a hit with the author's many fans. [See Prepub Alert, 12/7/15.]—Karen Core, Detroit P.L.[Page 82]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
PW Reviews 2016 May #5
Fans of Giffin's will find much to love in her chronicle of the rocky relationship between two disparate sisters 15 years after the death of their older brother, Daniel. Meredith is now a lawyer who's always felt that she's needed to make sacrifices in order to keep her fragile parents happy. She's been married to Daniel's childhood best friend, Nolan, for almost seven years, though she's long doubted their love for each other. Josie is content as a first grade teacher but longs to be a mother herself, though at 37 she's thinking about giving up on dating and having a kid on her own through a donor. Her decision is spurred by having in her class the daughter of a former flame, which also triggers memories of his role in the night that Daniel died. Meredith views Josie as self-centered and immature, while Josie sees her sister as tightly wound and judgmental. Chapters alternate from each sister's point of view, convincing the reader to see things from both perspectives. In her lead-up to the book's climax and big secret, Giffin manages to explore numerous themes about this sibling relationship: holding on to the past, expectations, and forgiveness. This is Giffin at her finest—a fantastic, memorable story. (July)[Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC