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*5 Stars* for a refreshingly genuine read!
This book seems so incredibly simple, yet so profoundly important. A husband and wife who have reached a crossroads in their marriage agree to separate for a year to find out if they can make their marriage whole again.
Lauren and Ryan have reached a point in their relationship where they no longer bother telling the other what is important to them. Communication is stifled, and they become so withdrawn they begin despising the other for their own shortcomings.
What I loved most about this book was it's genuine feel. From dialogue to circumstance, everything felt entirely realistic. Although Lauren is separated from her husband for the majority of the read, the plot moves rather quickly and can easily be swallowed up in one sitting.
There is a strong sense of family bonds even outside of the marriage. Lessons on love and life are offered gently and bring this book to a wholly relatable level.
Because, whether the reader is married or not, it is easy to relate to the circumstances, characters, and theories displayed in this book. And that alone allows us to feel connected to this story; a part of it, rather than simply it's reader.
I loved the character development all around--particularly our main protagonist's, Lauren. We experience the journey through her eyes and from the unfiltered stream of her mind.
I adored her initial honesty and ignorance within her marriage, and admired the person she became during time spent on her own. It was as though she was remembering herself in the process.
After I Do emphasizes that there are no rules in life; no standard formula to follow for love to work. There is nothing forced or unnatural about this book. As uplifting as the story becomes, "life" happens regardless, and that's what makes this a unique and refreshing read.
If you're looking for a realistic, inspiring plot about love and family that's light on the angst but flooding with inspiration--this may quite possibly be the book for you!
Genre/Category: Romance/Adult Contemporary
Romance: Damaged and lost.
Characters: Well rounded and lovable.
Plot: A married couple at crossroads take time apart to find themselves and see if their marriage can be made whole again.
Writing: Outstanding. Genuine. Refreshing.
POV: 1st Person: Heroine
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?