Happy Place By Emily Henry Book Review

Happy Place By Emily Henry Book Review

Happy Place is so hopefully heartbreaking. Emily Henry is the master of crafting a story that makes you feel bittersweet happiness and sadness all at once. Even her happy endings make me feel choked up because they’re so beautiful, but usually achieved through some kind of heartbreak and rejuvenation.

This is a story where you are on two different journeys. On one, you’re hopefully heading towards true love winning the day, and in the other journey, you’re barreling towards heartbreak with no way to stop it. It’s almost excruciating, but Henry also somehow makes it exciting and tantalising and hopeful. Happy Place is not always a happy place, but you can feel it, just there within their reach. I did find this book sad to read, even while it was uplifting, so maybe don’t read it while you’re in a sad place.

Happy Place Plot

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?

Happy Place Book Review

The prose and descriptions in this book are beautiful. The little sleepy island where the friends gather every year is truly a golden happy place. The food, the drink, the fun times. It’s all written as an achingly beautiful memory that you never want to leave.

This is a love story between lovers, but it’s also a love story between friends. The kind of friends that are family. The friendship arc even has the same feeling of longing and hopeful heartbreak and possibilities. There’s a confrontation at the end and a reconciliation. Everything fits together so well in this story, the responsibilities of friendship help shape the responsibilities of the lovers’ relationship.

Harriett and Wyn are two strong, emotive characters with fully shaped strengths and weaknesses. It’s amazing how deftly Henry uses their weaknesses to craft the reason they can fall apart but still want to fall together. You end up rooting for them to get back together. Wyn was just gorgeous, perfect book boyfriend material, while being quite broken.

Happy Place Rating


Happy Place is a beautiful second-chance romance. It will leave you feeling sad and happy all at once.

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