Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The One & Only - Review & Link To Giveaway

About the book:
Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.

But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.

Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living.

Praise for the Emily Giffin:
“Emily Giffin ranks as a grand master. . . . She has traversed the slippery slopes of true love, lost love, marriage, motherhood, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption that have led her to be called ‘a modern-day Jane Austen.’ ”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Giffin’s writing is true, smart, and heartfelt.”Entertainment Weekly
“[Giffin] excels at creating complex characters and quick-to-read stories that ask us to explore what we really want from our lives.”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“A dependably down-to-earth, girlfriendly storyteller.”—The New York Times
“Giffin’s talent lies in taking relatable situations and injecting enough wit and suspense to make them feel fresh.”—People
“When it comes to writing stories that resonate with real women, bestselling author Emily Giffin has hit her stride.”—San Francisco Chronicle

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Review by Marlene Engel
In Walker, Texas football is more than a sport, it’s a way of life.  For Shea Rigsby it’s no different.  As far back as she can remember, she’s lived and breathed football.  She can recite all of the Heisman trophy winners and can rattle off stats like some woman can name designer handbags.  As a lifelong resident of Walker and a Walker University alum, her loyalty to the town runs deep.  So much that she chose to stay in Walker, post-graduation, and take a job at the university’s athletic department.  Being able to work alongside legendary football coach, Clive Carr, was an added perk.  Growing up with Coach’s daughter as a best friend, Shea has always had much respect and admiration for him.  So much that, per his advisement, she ventures out of her comfortable confines of working at the university to follow her dream as a sport’s reporter.  But along with this new position, unexpected events arise and Shea discovers shocking truths about the very people that she trusts the most.

Captivating, thought provoking and emotional, The One & Only is a brilliantly written novel about self-discovery and facing one’s fears.

As a huge fan of Emily Giffin, and one who’s read all of her novels, I was very excited for the opportunity to review this book.  Ms. Giffin writes with such emotion and focus to detail that the characters take on a real life persona.  She has the ability to take you on an emotional rollercoaster of highs and lows.  And just when you think you know what’s going to happen next, she throws in another twist.  Another amazing book by such a brilliant author!

About the author:
Emily Giffin is the author of six New York Times bestselling novels: Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You’re With, Heart of the Matter, and Where We Belong. A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law, she now lives in Atlanta lives with her husband and three young children.

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  1. This one is on my must read list

  2. Great review! I love Emily Giffin as well and as a huge football fan - I'm eager to read this.

  3. I can't wait to read this one!!!

  4. Although I'm really not a sports person, I do not watch or follow games or players, I have found that some of the best stories center around a sport. Some of the best movies have been sports related. So after reading the synopsis and the review, I do believe this is a book I want to read.

  5. I love football and so a women's fiction novel set in this world is a must read for me.

  6. I'm not an active sports fan, but I do watch some football during the Super Bowl season. I have read about scandals involving athletes and coaches; so, I'm interested in knowing what this book has to say. I definitely want to read this book.

  7. I'm a huge sports fan both professional and college! I grew up around sports and if ever I could have a dream job it would be a sports commentator! Sounds like an interesting read especially seeing how in the last few decades the dirty side of both professional and college sports has come to light.

  8. It looks like a story I would enjoy and I am curious about what the unexpected events are.

  9. fun excerpt - awesome review - I can't wait to read "The One and Only". I love books that make me laugh

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  11. I am not a sports fan but I am a huge Emily Griffin fan, I will definitely read this book!

  12. I have been waiting for this!! Can't wait... not a sports fan at all but I am sure I will enjoy.

  13. Excited to read another Emily Giffin book! :)

  14. I've read every Emily Giffin book and always enjoy her writing, her stories. Thanks for reviewing! I look forward in reading it :)