"Falling in love isn't linear, it isn't always pretty, and doesn't always end well. Happy Place is about ex-fiances who have to pretend to still be together in order to keep the fabric of their friend group intact, which predictably leads to a recollection of old feelings. The book explores how relationships can fall apart over the tiniest hardships, and come back together after time, patience, and change. It has the literary value fans of Henry have come to expect, but with new levels of depth and maturity and a poignant melancholy that unexpectedly perfectly fits the tone for its nostalgic themes. It's definitely my favorite book of hers so far!"
Publication Date 2023-04-25
Section New Hardcover - Fiction / Romance & Erotica / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Julia V.
A couple who broke up months ago make a pact to pretend to still be together for their annual weeklong vacation with their best friends in this glittering and wise new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Henry.
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 the largest 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?