Meant to Be By Emily Giffin

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Meant to Be: A Novel By Emily Giffin


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A restless golden boy and a girl with a troubled past navigate a love story that may be doomed before it even begins, in this “glorious, satisfying” (Adriana Trigiani) new novel from the author of All We Ever Wanted and The Lies That Bind. “I’m a sucker for an iconic, against-all-odds love story, and Meant to Be truly delivers.”—Tia Williams, author of Seven Days in June The Kingsley family is American royalty, beloved for their military heroics, political service, and unmatched elegance. In 1967, after Joseph S. Kingsley, Jr. is killed in a tragic accident, his charismatic son inherits the weight of that legacy. But Joe III is a free spirit—and a little bit reckless. Despite his best intentions, he has trouble meeting the expectations of a nation, as well as those of his exacting mother, Dottie.Meanwhile, no one ever expected anything of Cate Cooper. She, too, grew up fatherless—and after her mother marries an abusive man, she is forced to fend for herself. After being discovered by a model scout at age sixteen, Cate decides that her looks may be her only ticket out of the cycle of disappointment that her mother has always inhabited. Before too long, Cate’s face is in magazines and on billboards. Yet she feels like a fraud, faking it in a world to which she’s never truly belonged.When Joe and Cate unexpectedly cross paths one afternoon, their connection is instant and intense. But can their relationship survive the glare of the spotlight and the so-called Kingsley curse? In a beautifully written novel that captures a gilded moment in American history, Emily Giffin tells the story of two people searching for belonging and identity, as well as the answer to the question: Are certain love stories meant to be?
I am a big EG fan and anticipate her book releases. This one fell flat for me and lacked originality. The characters were not well developed. This was a miss for me, but I am hoping her next one won’t disappoint.
Another good Emily Giffin book. It was a very captivating and heart warming story of two very different lives and the adversities each face.
I picked up this novel and couldn’t put it down. It reminded me of the real life couple of JFK Jr and his wife, Caroline Bissette-Kennedy. I cried on a few parts. The character development was very thorough and brought life into the characters. Great read!
I have read all of Emily Giffin’s books at least twice and I will definitely be reading Meant to Be again! It was such an interesting new story that was clearly inspired by the Kennedy’s. I loved getting to know Joe & Cate prior to them meeting and after they meet the story really takes off. It was a beautiful love story. Just like all of her other books, I finished Meant to Be in less than 48 hours & that is saying a lot as a Mom of two little ones. I couldn’t put it down! Warning, if this is your first Emily Giffin book, you will be hooked & have read all her others!
I really enjoyed this story that was kind of a twist on the Kennedy dynasty using a fictional family, the Kingsleys. Joe is the golden child that lost his dad, an American hero, at a young age. He was bucking at being a Kingsley & what it entailed. Cate was trying to get away from her mom & abusive step-dad & ended up being a model then working for a fashion designer. When she was a teen, she had Joe’s picture on her wall. When she is on a modeling shoot, Joe spots her & uses his dog for an introduction. I highly recommend reading this book to see how the whole story unfolds. Emily Giffin has written a great one again!
Absolutely love this book, just as much as her others. I couldn’t put it down! I truly believe what is ‘meant to be, will be.’Xoxoxo


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