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Happy Place


Title: Happy Place

Author: Emily Henry

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: Contemporary Romance Fiction

Tropes: Second Chance Romance, Fake Dating, Opposites Attract


Where is your Happy Place? I like long walks around Target. I kid! Kinda! My Happy Place is my family + dogs, a good book, nature (especially mountains, a sunset, and fall), good coffee and watching football!


For Harriet and her friends their Happy Place is Knott’s Harbor, Maine; where they have been going every summer for the past ten years since college. The author nailed the scenery in this book. Nailed it!




They are back for one last summer because their friends have decided to get married before the family cottage is sold. Only, Harriet wasn’t expecting her ex-fiance Wyn to be there. They broke up 5 months ago and haven’t told anyone. So, they make the decision to continue the lie for one last weekend. They don’t want to ruin the wedding. Then they will come clean to their friends. It’s time.


Initially, I was really excited about the addition of all the friends to this story. I thought this was going to be a fresh change of pace from other contemporary romances I’ve read. But honestly? The friends kind of got on my nerves. I found them to be shallow and maybe I’m just old, but all the drinking (to get drunk) and drug use was just plain childish.


But Harriet and Wyn freaking had chemistry. I listened to this because, hello, Julia Whelan narrates it and I couldn’t stop! The past and present tense had me hooked!


I think this was good lesson in figuring out yourself first, because if you’re not happy no one else is going to make you happy; no matter how good things are. Harriet and Wyn were together young and fell into and jobs and life goals and never stopped to figure out if that’s what they really wanted. This was a perfect second chance story!


Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Not perfect for me because the friendships just didn’t work. They reminded me of the type of friendships you outgrown in life. The friends group weren’t honest with each other. That’s where the miscommunication was for me. I didn’t see it as much for the couple as other reviews I’ve read. I think Harriet and Wyn were just figuring things out as best as they were equipped for. I found their characters to be relatable. Another win by Emily Henry!


What’s your favorite Emily Henry?


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