Happy Place by Emily Henry Book Review & Summary

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Book Title: Happy Place by Emily Henry 

Number of Pages: 400

Audiobook Narrated by:  Julia Whelan

Listening Length: 1 hours and 3 minutes

Goodreads rating: 4.10  (470,616 ratings)

Published in: 2023


Happy Place Summary

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?


Praise for Happy Place  

“Henry’s new novel is a slow-burn romance and an ode to the chosen family we need when everything gets too complicated…The beach-read master hooks us again.”—People

“With tender insight and quick wit, Henry delivers prosecco and sea breezes alongside startling mediations on friendship, loss, and adulthood.” —Oprah Quarterly

“Another knock-out from the champ. The woman doesn’t miss.” —Taylor Jenkins-Reid

Quotes from Happy Place  

You are in all of my happiest places.”― Emily Henry

Love means constantly saying you’re sorry, and then doing better.”― Emily Henry

Happy Place The Creative Muggle Review 

The best part about Happy Place for me, was the group of friends within the narrative. They were intricately drawn, feeling like genuine individuals with their own quirks and complexities. 

And also, I am a huge fan of books set in the backdrop of family get-togethers or friends’ getaways, so I really wanted to love the book.

But as I kept reading, things went downhill because, sadly, when the romance was introduced, the story got worse. 

I pushed myself to read more, expecting something engaging or exciting to happen. But there was absolutely nothing other than a few dialogues between Harriet and Wyan without giving away anything about the reason for their breakup.

 It lacked the spark and intrigue that I had anticipated, rendering it somewhat mundane compared to the rest of the story. 

But I must say that I loved Emily Henry’s writing style. Her prose is engaging and evocative, but that alone couldn’t save the book.

Overall, I didn’t really love Happy Place. But I do want to explore romance books that might exude similar vibes, such as fake relationships or second-chance romance books.

The Creative Muggle Rating:   ⭐⭐

What to read after Happy Place  

Clearly I didn’t enjoy but If you have enjoyed Happy Place and looking for similar contemporary romance books or friends- to lovers , second chance romance books here are some great book recommendations.


About Emily Henry

New York Times bestselling author Emily Henry is known for her popular books of Book Lovers, People We Meet on Vacation, and Beach Read. Visit her website

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