The One & Only

The One & Only

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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Random House, Inc.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The beloved author of Something Borrowed and Where We Belong returns with an extraordinary story of love and loyalty—and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both.

This ebook edition contains an excerpt from Emily Giffin’s First Comes Love.


Emily Giffin, the beloved author of such novels as Something Borrowed and Where We Belong, returns with an extraordinary story of love and loyalty—and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both.


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 One & Only • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY POPSUGAR

“A page turner.”—Southern Living

The One & Only is one to read.”—Associated Press

“Giffin scores again by bringing her discerning understanding of matters of the heart.”—Family Circle

“A poignant story about growing up and growing into your own skin.”—BookPage

“Touching.”—New York Daily News

“Deep, beautifully written . . . [Emily Giffin’s] latest focuses on a forbidden love of sorts, but in a new setting: a fictional small college town in Texas.”—Marie Claire

“Each and every page of this story is entertaining. . . . Find a shady spot; get a cool drink, and just luxuriate in the joy of a book well written.”The Huffington Post

“Brace yourself for a tearjerker: A tale of friendship and loyalty in a small, football-crazed Texas town shows how quickly things can change when tragedy challenges all that the characters hold dear . . . [A] page-turner.”InStyle

“[Giffin’s] protagonists . . . live full, interesting lives outside the purely personal realm—no more so than Shea Rigsby, the funny, flawed, but sympathetic central character in the The One & Only.”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“In bestseller Giffin’s much-anticipated latest, a young woman’s life is upended when tragedy strikes the football-obsessed Texas town she’s always called home.”People

“To fill your Friday Night Lights void: A tale of die-hard love in a diehard Texas football town from the bestselling author of Something Borrowed.”—Cosmopolitan

Baker & Taylor
Centering her life on the successful Walker family, into which she plans to marry, Shea struggles to end her affair with a less-than-stellar boyfriend only to have her entire existence placed in question by the death of the family's mother.

Baker
& Taylor

Centering her life on the successful Walker family, into which she plans to marry, Shea struggles to end her affair with a less-than-stellar boyfriend only to have her entire existence placed in question by the death of the family's mother. By the best-selling author of Where We Belong.

Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780345546890
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: One and only

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trixi8
Mar 16, 2019

I read about two chapters before I decided I could not read anymore. I knew what was going to happen and I just think it's creepy. I'm sure it happens, but not for my taste.... Still love her books.

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beth55426
Oct 14, 2018

Library: the summary of this book is really off. Walker is the name of the town where the main character lives, not a family in the story. The main character also is not "planning to marry into" any particular family.

I loved this book. The author did a great job developing the characters so that the main character's relationship with the recently widowed football coach made total sense.

Mireya777 Jul 13, 2018

I think if the characters had no history, if he wasn't her father-figure growing up, this may have been a less creepy read.

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Rachelpatel
Dec 11, 2017

I agree with most of these posts. Really was not a fan of the storyline or the ending. The whole thing was just too creepy.

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dupuima
Aug 29, 2017

I do not recommend this book to anyone. The story was very disturbing. I always loved Emily's books but I feel like she's hit a brick wall with this one. I did enjoy all of the football references, being a fan of the sport and all.

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drinkycrow
Jul 26, 2017

This was so creepy...a fresh widower, who the main character is basically raised by, who she calls "Coach", and he calls "Girl", fall in love. SO GROSS!!
And he is also the father of her best friend...it is a terrible story where you end up rooting against the characters.

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lhlewka
Jan 18, 2017

Sadly, I found this book quite boring. I have read quite a few of her books and loved them all. This one was not what I expected. It was pretty much all about football, as in the American kind. So if you like football, I think you will really enjoy this book!

shokolit Nov 12, 2016

I've found the story to be somewhat disturbing.

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lynsies
Sep 14, 2016

Love Emily Giffin, but DID NOT love this book, terrible storyline, not something that you'd want to read about. The writing is well done and the book flows well. Skip this one.

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ilove2clap
Dec 08, 2015

Loved this one. Page turner for me! I mean it was a pretty messed up "forbidden love" kind of situation so maybe some people are turned off by that.

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