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After I Do : A Novel

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From the author of Forever, Interruptedcomes a breath taking new novel about modern marriage, the depth of family ties, and the year that one remarkable heroine spends exploring both. 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 Dois the story of a couple caught up in an old game-and searching for a new road to happily ever after.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 136 x 208 x 30mm | 280g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1476712840
  • 9781476712840
  • 22,929

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Praise for After I Do: "Written in a breezy, humorous style familiar to fans of Jane Green and Elin Hilderbrand, After I Do focuses on Lauren's journey of self-discovery. The intriguing premise and well-drawn characters contribute to an emotionally uplifting and inspiring story." Booklist "Taylor Jenkins Reid offers an entirely fresh and new perspective on what can happen after the "happily ever after." With characters who feel like friends and a narrative that hooked me from the first page, After I Do takes an elegant and incisively emotional look at the endings and beginnings of love. Put this book at the top of your must read list!" -- Jen Lancaster New York Times bestselling author "Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers a seductive twist on the timeless tale of a couple trying to rediscover love in a marriage brought low by the challenges of domestic togetherness. I fell in love with Ryan and Lauren from their passionate beginning, and I couldn't stop reading as they followed their unlikely road to redemption. Touching, perceptive, funny, and achingly honest, After I Do will keep you hooked to the end, rooting for husbands and wives and the strength of true love." -- Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author "As uplifting as it is brutally honest-a must-read." Kirkus "Taylor Jenkins Reid writes with ruthless honesty, displaying an innate understanding of human emotion and creating characters and relationships so real I'm finding it impossible to let them go. After I Do is a raw, unflinching exploration of the realities of marriage, the delicate nature of love, and the enduring strength of family. Simultaneously funny and sad, heartbreaking and hopeful, Reid has crafted a story of love lost and found that is as timely as it is timeless." -- Katja Millay author of The Sea of Tranquility Praise for Forever, Interrupted: "Touching and powerful...Reid masterfully grabs hold of the heartstrings and doesn't let go. A stunning first novel." Publishers Weekly, starred review "A moving novel about life and death." Kirkus "You'll laugh, weep and fly through each crazy-readable page." Redbook "Forever, Interrupted weaves a beautiful love story with a terrible tragedy. Told in alternating timelines, each chapter progresses sequentially from two different arcs: one of a blooming, forever love and another of overcoming a sudden, inexplicable loss. Each storyline moves effortlessly and seamlessly through the connected stages, while also emphasizing the strengthening of old friendships and the forging of new ones. Whether told in past or present voice, Reid's debut is a superb read from start to finish!" Romantic Times "Moving, gorgeous and, at times, heart-wrenching. Taylor Jenkins Reid writes with wit and true emotion that you can feel. Read it, savor it, share it." -- Sarah Jio New York Times bestselling author of The Violets of March "Taylor Jenkins Reid has written a poignant and heartfelt exploration of love and commitment in the absence of shared time that asks, what does it take to be the love of someone's life?" -- Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus New York Times bestselling authors "Sweet, heartfelt, and surprising, Forever Interrupted is a story about a young woman struggling to find her way after losing her husband. These characters made me laugh as well as cry, and I ended up falling in love with them, too." -- Sarah Pekkanen author of The Best of Us "This beautifully rendered story explores the brilliance and rarity of finding true love, and how to find our way back through the painful aftermath of losing it. These characters will leap right off the page and into your heart." -- Amy Hatvany author of Heart Like Mine Praise for Maybe in Another Life: "Entertaining and unpredictable; Reid makes a compelling argument for happiness in every life." Kirkus (starred review) "Readers looking for a romance with a twist won't be disappointed" Library Journalshow more

About TAYLOR JENKINS REID

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.show more

Rating details

8,538 ratings
4.08 out of 5 stars
5 37% (3,163)
4 40% (3,430)
3 18% (1,558)
2 4% (308)
1 1% (79)

Our customer reviews

Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It flew and I couldn’t wait to see how it ended. Lauren and Ryan’s marriage is ending. They fight. They don’t want to spend time together. They are falling out of love. What are they going to do about it? You want to cheer for them. You want them to do their best. You want them to save their marriage. You want them to be happy. At least, I did. I was invested in Lauren and Ryan’s story. One thing that I really liked about After I Do is that it isn’t the guy wanting to split. It isn’t the guy who wants to end the marriage. It isn’t the guy who makes the excuses. That was different for me. That was different from so many books that I have read. I loved the unsent emails. I think that was my favorite part of the whole book. They had to have known on some level that the other one would read them. They had to have at least hoped that would happen. It was a great way to truly communicate how they felt without actually saying it to the other person. The pacing of the book is fast, engaging, and keeps you reading. It is funny, sad, thought provoking. Would I recommend it: Yes, I would recommend it. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.show more
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