I tend to avoid super buzzy books from not Aussie authors, but there has just been so much hype around Emily Henry’s new release, Happy Place, and the reviews I had been seeing were all not only really positive, but also genuinely made it sound like just the kind of sweet cosy read I would enjoy and I couldn’t resist picking it up.
Well, I’m a little over halfway through and I have to admit that the reviews were right. I really am loving this one. The split timeline letting us see Harriet and Wyn’s love story develop and eventually fall apart in the past as they are thrown back together in the present is really working for me, and I’m really enjoying the relationships between the friends – both romantic and platonic. There is an easiness to the banter that makes it feel natural, and kind of welcoming – I almost feel like I’ve been invited along too.
I’ll aim to pop back in with a proper review for this one once I’m done, but for now I’m giving it a thumbs up. I’d love to know in the comments whether you’ve read Emily Henry’s books before and if so, do you have a favourite, or a recommendation for which of her books I should read next?
Synopsis of Emily Henry’s Happy Place
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 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, 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?