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?
This is a love story about what happens when the love fades. It’s about staying in love, seizing love, forsaking love, and committing to love with everything you’ve got. And above all, After I Do is the story of a couple caught up in an old game—and searching for a new road to happily ever after.I personally would not have done this but in this book it worked out for these two people. I too have tried a separation in my first marriage and all it did was make things worse. We never could trust each other after that and it ruined whatever love was left between us.
I am glad that it seemed to work for these two people but I would never agree to these terms personally myself. But, if it works for you, I guess anything is worth a shot but you better be darn sure that the other person really means a lot to you and loves you and just needs a break, not a divorce because that is where it will end up given the freedom that each person had to do whatever they wanted.
I don't know if this story is true or made up, but I don't think it would really work in true life. Once you let the bull out of it's pen, it rarely ever comes back. But, hey, you might get lucky like this couple did but I wouldn't hold my breath. I wish I could believe in fairy tales as far as men are concerned but I don't. Most of them once they start dating someone else, rarely ever come back and this woman was pretty darn lucky that she didn't lose it all.
Praise for the Book:
“Moving, gorgeous and, at times, heart-wrenching. Taylor Jenkins Reid writes with wit and true emotion that you can feel. Read it, savor it, share it.” – Sarah Jio, New York Times bestselling author of The Violets of March.
About the Author:
Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Media Studies. Her first novel, Forever, Interrupted, was named one of the “11 Debuts We Love” by Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. Her forthcoming novel, After I Do, will be published July 1, 2014.
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