A Taylor Jenkins Reid novel that I almost gave up on immediately… (and yes, I had my reasons!)
Thankfully, I kept going and it totally paid off!
The beginning of this novel was so Schmaltzy and Schmoopy, I honestly couldn’t take it! It was so very over the top, it made me ill. Then thankfully, it took a turn (which I knew it would) and became much more realistic, thus, I breathed a sigh of relief and continued on.
Let me explain: Lauren and Ryan are college sweethearts. MADLY in love. And when I say Madly, I mean, Over the Top, Sickly Sweet, In Love. For the first few years they are together, they are extremely happy. After they get married, however, their love starts to fade, and then well, their marriage falls apart. Now, I didn’t mean to cheer or anything (and forgive me for this as I’m not cold-hearted.. I swear), but their relationship was so unrealistic that when it fell apart, I was grateful, as it was so schmoopy that I was almost gagging.
As things fall apart, Lauren and Ryan decide to take a break, a trial separation if you will, for one year, to try and find their way back to each other and find themselves in the process.
Told through Lauren’s eyes, we see Lauren grow, find herself, and discover what it is she wants out of life and in a relationship. It is here, through this journey, that Lauren became a stronger more self-assured woman, and it is through this that I felt a connection to this novel. Bravo TJR for making me feel such a connection to a novel that I was initially wavering about! While I would have loved to have seen more of Ryan’s perspective, I ended up enjoying this novel and was cheering (truth!) for this couple when I got to the end of “After I Do.”
A novel about love, marriage, family, friendship, and life lessons that will make you believe.
Thank you to my local library for loaning me a copy of the audiobook.
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