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.

*****5 STARS*****

WOW! A MUST READ. I truly thought it would end one way, but was so pleased about the ending.
Marriage is hard f*cking work. It’s not easy, it takes effort, patience, compromise, and love. It’s not a 1950’s sitcom where everyone is happy and gets along.
I loved each character, I loved each other struggles and how they grew. I love how a family accepts it own and takes in new people. I love how a family fights for each other. I love all the lessons each can learn.
A beautiful read.
SPOILER ALERT – highlight to read. (((Lauren realizes she needs Ryan when her grandmother DOES have cancer that none of them knew about, not even her. Ryan was reading her draft emails too and raced to be there at the hospital with them. They realized they need to communicate and be honest because they love each other.
Fast forward to her younger brother having a baby and getting married and need Ryan has his brother, her younger sister opening her own bakery. Ask Alice got back to her and repeated what the grandmother said…never stop trying if you love the person.)))

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
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Marriage is hard work, not always a fairy tale. Can this break be what they need or will they find love elsewhere. I am intrigued that Lauren was hanging onto hope that Ryan would come back and now she’s happier on her own. Really interested how this will end.

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