Length: 400 pages
Audiobook Length: 11 hours and 30 minutes
First Published: 2023
Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they began dating in college. Except they broke up five months ago and still haven’t told their four best friends. At their group’s annual Maine vacation, they find themselves faking a relationship so they don’t want to ruin everyone’s last time there. They’d been together for a decade, how hard can it be to fake another week?
I’m not usually a romance fan, but I loved Happy Place. The chemistry between Harriet and Wyn sparks from the beginning and their relationship had the perfect blend of miscommunication, mental health challenges, and the strain on a relationship as people naturally change. While the friend group wasn’t given much development, Harriet and Wyn were shown in a nuanced relationship with flashbacks to their happy memories hinting at their individual struggles.
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 a 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?
About Emily Henry
Emily Henry is the author of several books, including The Love That Split the World, A Million Junes, Beach Read, Happy Place, Book Lovers, Funny Story, and People We Meet on Vacation. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit the author’s website →