Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Women's Fiction, Standalone
Personal Rating: 3/5 (just okay)
Yearly Count: 60
When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?This is a love story about what happens when the love fades. It’s about staying in love, seizing love, forsaking love, and committing to love with everything you’ve got. And above all, After I Do is the story of a couple caught up in an old game—and searching for a new road to happily ever after.
Another shift in my usual fare . . . women's fiction. I wanted something quick and easy to read, and that's what I got. It was incredibly predictable, but quick and easy reading, which is what I required. Unfortunately, I didn't buy into the premise. Their "breaking point" did not warrant a year separation. And, if that's the case in real life, no wonder the divorce rate is so high.
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My thanks go to Atria Books and NetGalley for providing me with this eGalley.