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After I Do: A Novel Kindle Edition
“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…touching, perceptive, and achingly honest.” —Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author
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.
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 Journal)
About the Author
- ASIN : B00GEEB8UC
- Publisher : Washington Square Press (July 1, 2014)
- Publication date : July 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 4694 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 353 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,448 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I really don't want to recap the story, but I will tell you that what Lauren and Ryan go through was so very real. It's so easy to become disconnected and complacent in a marriage. To me, that's what happened to Ryan and Lauren. They became so wrapped up their every day lives that they truly forgot about honoring each other and their marriage. It was sad to read about how things began to crumble, but again, so real. They didn't have problems that happened over night. It was a series of miscommunication, lack of interest in each other, and they simply forgot all the reasons they fell in love in the first place. I think when life sets in and the rose colored glasses come off, it's hard to keep a marriage, or any relationship alive. You have to deal with the pesty little things like hygiene habits, laziness, snoring, farting, and other unpleasantries. The little things continued to build for Lauren and then it become a bigger issue.
Even though it was hard to read at times, seeing this couple go through something so challenging was really rewarding for me in the end. I won't tell you if they make it or not as a couple, but I will tell you that they learned so much about themselves throughout their separation. Another thing that hit me hard while reading this one is, that the couples who can make it through hard times, may not always be "in love". Sure, they love each other, but I think in long term relationships/marriages, there are times that you aren't necessarily in love with your partner. It's finding ways to fall in love again that helps to make it last.
Overall, I can say without a doubt that this is one of my best books of the year. Yes, it reached me personally, but I also felt that there were some really great messages throughout the book for everyone. It truly has something for every reader; self discovery, heart ache, falling in love, and family complexities. Seriously...read this book!
What I liked most about this book is it’s realistic feel. Whether you are married or not, you will find that the circumstances and dialogues feel so familiar and raw, that it will bring this book to a wholly relatable level.
I also genuinely enjoyed the unfiltered stream of thoughts and internal conflicts brought upon by the wife’s first-person POV. The characters in this book are so flawed, that it makes their development throughout all the more satisfying to experience.
I honestly did not think I would enjoy this book all that much after just reading its synopsis, but TJR has pleasantly surprised me with her ability to take a simple concept and put a refreshing twist to it. This is a beautiful book, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a realistic plot centered around love, compromise, family and self-discovery.
SYNOPSIS: 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? - After I Do.
REVIEW: Since I have been back to reading lately, I have heard about this book from everyone saying how good and touching it is. And I totally agree. This book is hard, beautiful, and heartbreaking. While I have never been married, I have been in serious, long-term relationships so I could resonate with most of the stuff this book talked about. However, I imagine if you have been or are married, this will resonate with you even more and probably hit you harder. This book was an emotional read, but it brought up so many important topics and concepts. This is the first Taylor Jenkins Reid book I have read, and so far I love her writing!
I loved the characters in this book and their relationships. In the book, we read from Lauren’s perspective and really get to know her emotionally. We also get to know her family, their family dynamics, and her relationships with them, which also enhances the themes in the book. Further, we see Lauren’s growth as well both personally and within her relationships. I also enjoyed Ryan’s character, although I felt we didn’t know as much about him, probably because we didn’t read from his perspective. The way the way the author wrote made me feel connected to, and care about the side-characters too.
Overall, I rated this book a 4. I enjoyed it, however felt that I wished it went a little deeper into some areas and topics in the book. Maybe further emotional exploration or further content about the year the couple spent away from one another. I would recommend this to anyone who has been in a series relationship or is married as well. I think this was a touching book, and can be a great conversation starter about marriages, love, and relationships.
Top reviews from other countries
After I Do brings us Lauren and Ryan. When their marriage reaches 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.
The concept of this book was incredibly simple but profoundly important. It highlighted so many things around marriage. The importance of communication being a main one. When the communication between these two becomes stifled they become withdrawn and begin to despise each other for their own shortcomings
I adored both Laura and Ryan's eventual honesty with one another. While they were both ignorant to each other and many aspects of their marriage in the beginning, I admired the journey they embarked on and the people they became once the journey came to an end
Whether you are married or not you will find so many aspects of the story relatable. It's genuine and its real and it emphasises that there are no rules to life and there are certainly no rules or a guide book for marriage - it's hard, it requires open and honest communication and while there is no magic formula to follow for love to work, if you keep those lines of communication open you're half way there
Verdict - Fantastic read. Calming, assuring, very good humoured and not over zealous, yet very gripping and moving. You want to know what happens next. The book understands the characters, life, marriage, sentiment and heart-break.
I can totally see this becoming a film but that doesn't matter. The book is amazing and the author has surprised me.
PS - changed my rating to 5 stars.