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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?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A former couple are forced to keep up appearances in this surprisingly touching romantic comedy. Harriet and Wyn were the “it” couple among their friends, so they can’t bring themselves to announce that they have actually broken up. Months ago. Now they’re being thrown together for a week in Maine with their friend group, forcing them to keep up a charade that proves far more challenging than either of them expected. Emily Henry is one of our favorite romantic-comedy writers—Happy Place is packed with witty dialogue, sunny beach scenes, luscious lobster feasts, and wonderfully comforting portraits of longtime friendship. Her protagonists are the beating heart of the novel, and we loved piecing together the story of their relationship through frequent flashbacks. Sweet, poignant, and sometimes painful, Happy Place is a funny, sensitive story about what it really means to split up.
Exes must pretend they're still together in this delightful Summery rom-com from bestseller Henry (Book Lovers). Burned out surgical resident Harriet Kilpatrick is eager for a relaxing weeklong getaway with her tight-knit friend group at the remote Maine beach cottage they've frequented. Then she arrives and discovers that Wyn Connor will also be there for the week. Wyn and Harriet were the perfect couple in college, and then the perfect fiancés, but they broke up six months ago and have yet to tell their friends. With the cottage up for sale, Harriet is determined not to ruin the gang's last summer getaway, meaning she and Wyn must pretend to be happily in love. It's awkward at first—compounded by the fact that, of course, there's only one bed for the two of them—but soon they fall back into a familiar dynamic and old flames reignite. The chemistry between Wyn and Harriet is addictive, and both display some refreshing vulnerability. The lovable friend group, unusual but welcome in a Henry novel, help push the narrative forward and provide plenty of wit. This has the makings of a rom-com classic.
Heart warming and relatable
It started a bit slow for me, and it took a while for me to connect to the characters, but in the end it felt like a nice warm hug.
I loved this story. The ins and outs and trying to imagine myself in the characters shoes (thinking I’d never be able to deal with that). One of my favorites of hers!