Book Review – Happy Place

Title: Happy Place

Author: Emily Henry

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Romance

Goodreads Rating: 4.68

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Source: ARC

Synopsis:

A couple who broke up months ago make a pact to 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 six months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends.

Which is how they find themselves sharing the largest 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, blue 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?

My Review:

I’d like to thank NetGalley and Penguin for approving me for an ARC of this book. I am a huge Emily Henry fan and couldn’t believe my luck when I got a widget of this one!

What can I say about this book? It is fantastic! I inhaled this over the course of a weekend and had I not had to parent or do adult things I probably would have read it in a day. Emily Henry is one of my go to authors and she never seems to disappoint me.

From the start I could see that this was going to be amusing. Can you imagine having to spend a week with your ex fiancée and trying to convince your friends that nothing is wrong? It’s surely going to be a disaster! Whilst Harriet and Wyn started off with the best of intentions they soon started to find ways to trip the other one up, without giving anything away. Whether it’s grinding with each other on the dance floor or teasing these two seem to be experts at putting on a show. Or is it a show?

They skate around the reason they broke up in the first place and we do eventually get there but leading up to it you can’t understand why these two are not together. The chemistry is on point and they clearly have a lot of history so naturally I am egging them on to put things right.

Throughout the story we learn all about Harriet’s happy places. Theses are memories she has, mainly consisting of her and Wyn, that help her remember the times in her life when things were good. I think we could all do with those kind of memories and it made me think about those times I’ve had with friends and family that bring a smile to my face.

Whilst we have the steamy, will they won’t they romance going on we also have the glorious friendship between Harriet, Sabrina and Cleo. These beautiful women found each other and have been the life support each other needed. I can understand why Harriet was resistant to say anything to her two friends and why her break up with Wyn was a discussion she wanted to have in person. Sabrina and Cleo could not be more different from each other but they are the perfect pairing with Harriet. She’s the rock that keeps them all together and seeing how their friendships had changed through the years was not only expected but believable.

Emily Henry’s writing is honest. She takes relationships and dissects them to their fullest, giving us characters that we can recognise ourselves in, relationships we want to see put back on track and friendships to warm our souls. Her characters are not perfect, they have flaws and they make choices we can’t understand but that it what makes her books perfect.

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