I think anyone who has been married can agree that sometimes marriage is really hard work. In my opinion a successful marriage is one where the couple decides to "stick it out" despite everything they go through. After I Do delves into one couple's marriage and the drastic measures they take with the hope of saving their marriage. The book is told from Lauren's perspective and while she felt like she was the wronged party, it becomes pretty evident that she had an equal part in the implosion of their marriage. Through a series of emails, though, we get to see some of Ryan's thoughts on the matter and it is easy to see that he has been just as destroyed by the turn their marriage has taken, too. It made my heart ache to see the pain that both of them were in throughout this book. I loved how Lauren's family was there for her and supported her even when they clearly did not understand why they took this break. It just goes to show what unconditional love can do for a person. I wasn't sure how the book would end, but I was very satisfied with the conclusion. Things wrapped up nicely and I truly believe that both Ryan and Lauren were going to get their "happy ever after."
Bottom line, I think anyone who has been married can agree that sometimes marriage is really hard work. After I Do is a quick and emotional read about a couple on the brink of divorce and the steps they take to try and save their marriage. The question, though, is will it be enough?
JUST THE FACTS:
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
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