Book Review: The One and Only by Emily Giffin

Emily Giffin Book Review


Emily Giffin is one of my favorite women’s fiction authors. I recently finished her most recent novel, The One and Only. This novel has all of the classic Emily Giffin elements dealing with the themes of relationships, friendship, and family.

The theme of self discovery was displayed throughout the book. The main character, Shea Rigsby, is stuck in a rut in her hometown located in Texas. Everything from her job to her extracurricular activities revolve around her favorite sport, which happens to be football.

This was another heartwarming read by Emily Giffin. It was an easy read and I even listened to some of the book on audiobook. Some of the supporting characters stick out, but the pending relationship between Shea and Coach really move the storyline along.

I was rooting for them to become a couple and kept reading to find out when it would happen. I am looking forward to the next Emily Giffin book and will be starting a previous book written by her soon.

I rate this book a total of 5 stars.

Happy Reading and Writing,


September 2013 Reads


I read a few more books from the authors that I enjoyed last month. I also listened to a few of these books on audiobook this month to still enjoy a book, but to give my eyes a rest. I either borrow the audiobooks through overdrive or I use audible.

1. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin is a heartwarming story about how the choices we make may effect our lives and others years down the line. I did a review on this book here.


2.  The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty was a book that I didn’t want to put down. The writer fills you with this need to know what is going to happen next. I recommended the book for a weekend read  here.


3.  Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan was a great read about a family and what goes on behind closed doors. This is the first book that I have read by J. Courtney Sullivan. I listened to this book on audiobook before bed and it really helped me wind down.


4. The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank was my favorite read of the month. I would recommend this book for all women to read. The main character was so southern and sassy. I also listened to this book on audiobook and I enjoyed the narrators interpretation of the main character.  I did a review of this book  here.


5. Swimming at Night by Lucy Clarke  was this author’s debut novel and if it is any indication of how her other books will be, then I am excited for the follow up. This is the story of the bond that two sisters shared and how one sister stopped at nothing to learn the truth. It was a weekend book recommendation on mine here.


6. Love The One You’re With by Emily Giffin is a novel about realizing things aren’t always better on the other side. Emily Giffin has quickly become one of my favorite women’s fiction writers.


I hope that you all are having a great start to October. Let me know if you read any of these books and what you thought of them in the comments below.


Happy Reading and Writing,


Book Review: Where We Belong


Author: Emily Giffin

384 Pages

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: April 16, 2013

Genre- Romance, Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Synopsis (From Amazon)

From the author of six New York Times bestselling novels, Emily Giffin, comes the unforgettable story of one powerful secret, its effect on two families, and the life-altering journey that follows…

Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six-year-old television producer living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and picture-perfect relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had locked away forever.

From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s meticulously constructed world will be shaken to its core, resurrecting memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her. For the precocious and headstrong Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to reevaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light.

As Marian and Kirby embark on a quest to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves. A place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.


Where We Belong by Emily Giffin drew me in with the dynamic relationships of friendship, relationships, and adoption throughout the book.  I have always loved her writing style. This is the second book of hers that I have read.

Giffin writes in her signature descriptive and warm prose throughout the book. She shows the regrets that Marian has and how the choices that she has made effect many lives. She also shows the emotions that someone who has been adopted goes through.

Marian leads a life that it totally different from the world that Kirby knows. Through the hard choices that she makes to find her adoptive parents Kirby grows a great deal throughout this book.

Giffin does a great job of showing both sides of the situation from Marian, the mother who gave her child up for adoption and Kirby, the adoptee. She also shows the hesitation of Kirby’s adoptive mom, not wanting to be overshadowed by Marian.

Some heavy topics are brought up in this book, but Emily Giffin makes them realistic and brings up true emotions in each character involved. These topics aren’t easy to talk about, much less write about. Giffin makes the topics easy to relate to.

You won’t want to put this book down once you have started reading it. You will become connected to the characters and the point of view that each of them have.

Where We Belong is available in many formats on Amazon.

Happy Reading and Writing,