Happy Place by Emily Henry was released last week and, like so many others, I jumped right on it! It’s the 4th book by Emily Henry that I’ve read, and by this point I understand her to be a good writer who writes books that I like. Unfortunately, I didn’t love this book as much as I expected. It’s an examination of an engaged couple who has broken up but haven’t told their friends about the breakup just yet. They are forced to pretend to still be together on a friends trip.
The two of them being together is so painful that I spent almost the entirety of the book anxious and depressed. The writing is very good, because it really evoked a response in me, but it was a response I didn’t love. It made me cry – twice! If you aren’t into spoilers, don’t read the next paragraph!
Really! I’m about to spoil the ending!
So at the end, they talk it out and both were staying away from the other person because they thought it was best for the other person. My question is, do people do this in real life as often as they do in romance novels? Practically every romance novel has one party or the other break the other person’s heart because they think it’s best for the other person. Stop that shit! Nothing is better for someone than true love!
A couple who broke up months ago pretend to still be together for their annual weeklong vacation with their best friends in this glittering and wise new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Henry.
Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college—they go together like salt and pepper, honey and tea, lobster and rolls. Except, now—for reasons they’re still not discussing—they don’t.
They broke up five months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends.
Which is how they find themselves sharing a bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group’s yearly getaway for the last decade. Their annual respite from the world, where for one vibrant, blissful week they leave behind their daily lives; have copious amounts of cheese, wine, and seafood; and soak up the salty coastal air with the people who understand them most.
Only this year, Harriet and Wyn are lying through their teeth while trying not to notice how desperately they still want each other. Because the cottage is for sale and this is the last week they’ll all have together in this place. They can’t stand to break their friends’ hearts, and so they’ll play their parts. Harriet will be the driven surgical resident who never starts a fight, and Wyn will be the laid-back charmer who never lets the cracks show. It’s a flawless plan (if you look at it from a great distance and through a pair of sunscreen-smeared sunglasses). After years of being in love, how hard can it be to fake it for one week…in front of those who know you best?