After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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.
This book was heartbreaking and beautiful. It hit so close to home for me so I was extra emotional reading this, like crying every few pages.
My sister has been telling me about Taylor Jenkins Reid for along time since she’s one of her favorite authors and specifically told me about this book because of the similarities in my life/relationship.
I finally started it after scrolling through my hundreds of books in my Kindle library and now I don’t know why I didn’t read it sooner. It’s been hard having to work and do other life things when I kept thinking about reading this book and finishing it. Now that I have finished it I know it’s going to be one that sticks with me for a long time.
Taylor’s writing style in this book was wonderful as it really ropes you in. I look forward to reading more of her books.