In The Awakening, love is a fantasy. It’s used in jest by the Creole community (Robert Lebrun in particular), and we also know that Edna has a history of infatuations that culminate in a crush on the aforementioned Robert. This time, however, Robert swears it’s real. But after they declare their love for each other, reality sets in. They have different priorities: he wants marriage, she wants freedom. This novel really doesn’t fall for the whole "true love" shtick.
True love does not exist in The Awakening.