Don't miss the beach read of the summer! A heartwarming and hilarious novel about swinging, marriage, and complexities of the heart.
“This book is fun as hell. Hilarious, addictive, moving, and sexy. I lost track of time reading it, and I couldn’t get enough!” —Jasmine Guillory, bestselling author of While We Were Dating
Georgina Wagman has it all—a great marriage, a great job at a prestigious law firm, and great friends. She’s living the life she always wanted, and everything is perfect. Until, that is, she walks in on her husband Nathan in a compromising position with a junior associate. Georgina has a moment of crisis. But divorce is not a part of the five-year plan, so she comes up with an idea to save her marriage and recapture the spark. She and Nathan are going to become swingers.
Georgina isn’t going to embark on this adventure alone, though. Her friends Felix and Norah and their respective partners decide to tag along for the ride. They’ve got relationship woes of their own that swinging just might fix. Georgina, convinced Felix and Norah belong together, is thrilled. What better place to reignite romance between two people destined to be together than a swingers’ party? Her plan is foolproof, until she runs into a college ex at the first party. When they reconnect, Georgina will find herself torn between her head and her heart, with her very happiness hanging in the balance. Perfect for fans of Jennifer Weiner and Sophie Kinsella, The Lifestyle is a playful homage to Jane Austen's Emma Woodhouse and an outrageously fun summer read.
Hahn's zany, high-energy debut recasts Jane Austen's meddlesome heroine Emma as a 30-something New York City lawyer, and her plan for solving everyone's relationship issues is a foray into the swinger scene. After Georgina Wagman discovers her coworker and husband, Nathan, cavorting in his office with Georgina's legal mentee, she takes a client's advice and offers Nathan the bonding experience of attending swinger parties as a solution. She suggests her friends Felix and Norah (and their respective partners) join the experiment as well, ostensibly as moral support but actually in the hopes that the two of them will leave their relationships to rekindle their college romance with one another. Hahn keeps the story firmly centered on Georgina's narrow and self-centered perspective, and her well-meaning but overinvolved tone is hilariously on-point. The swinger scene is depicted with playfulness and heart, though none of the characters fully embrace it. Georgina's romance arc a contrived re-meet-cute with her ex Whitaker makes sense with the concept of fated love Hahn imports from Austen, but their monogamous happy ending feels distinctly less fun than the swinging that precedes it. Still, Hahn's plot stands well enough on its own for those unfamiliar with Emma to enjoy, and readers who love contemporary resettings of the classics will be especially tickled.
Fresh take on Romance!
Loved this!!! A classic finding yourself & simultaneously finding love story line wrapped up in a new, exciting, and unusual “swinger’s scene”.