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Preview: All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

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All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin is her ninth novel. There’s lots of praise for this one and some are saying it’s her best one yet.

I grew up a reader. But in college I was focused on my journalism major and history minor so while I read a ton, it was news and history. When I read Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin in 2010, it unofficially marked my return to fiction. I have enjoyed every single one of Giffin’s books, she has a way of writing relatable characters that are very distinct and memorable. While most of her stories centered on romance, this one sounds different from the others.

Here’s the synopsis:

[blockquote align=”none” author=””]Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton.

Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was.

Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school.

Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenaged girl, happy and thriving.

Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.

At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.[/blockquote]

There’s lots of praise for this one in national media and on #bookstagram on Instagram. Check back soon for a review!