Contemporary Romance

ARC Review: Happy Place – 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?

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.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ugh, this beautiful, beautiful book. Emily Henry really knows how to weave stunning tales full of heart and hope and love, and leave me wanting more.

Second-chance romance is not often a trope I gravitate towards; however, when I discovered Emily Henry’s next book was going to be focused on previously engaged Harriet and Wyn, I knew I needed it. These characters were so relatable and realistic. I truly felt everything that Harriet goes through and spent the entire book reminiscing over her happy place and wishing she could return to that feeling.

Wyn, oh Wyn. There is something about Henry’s leading males that just makes me want to sigh happily. Wyn is the charming yet insecure boy next door. He’s perfectly flawed, full of witty banter, and so damn swoon-worthy.

And the group of friends? I want. This book is basically a big hug and I want to become friends with these characters.

I really don’t have any more words for how much I loved this book. It’s all just warm, fuzzy feelings and happy tears. As I mentioned before, this book is a big hug and I can only hope this review conveys the big return hug I want to give Emily Henry.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys Henry’s other books, contemporary romances, or rom-com stories full of heart.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC from Penguin UK via Netgalley.

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Want more romance reads similar to Happy Place? Check out these title below!
Georgie, All Along – Kate Clayborn
The Roommate – Rosie Danan
You Deserve Each Other – Sarah Hogle


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