After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

After I Do, Taylor Jennings Reid, Book Journey

It’s simple but fitting… I do LOVE this cover…. ~ Sheila

When Lauren and Ryan meet in college they instantly feel the attraction.  The two become inseparable and a wedding of course is the next step in this match.  Now, ten years later the old arguments are no longer funny and are instead pointed.  That once was cute is now annoying and Lauren and Ryan can not seem to find their way back to the great love that once was.

Then Ryan lays out a plan to take a year off from each other… no communications whatsoever to see where everything lands once they go out on their own.  Heartbroken, Lauren has no choice but to agree.  Once Ryan moves out, Lauren is left to sort out her own feelings on her marriage, focus on her extended family and her career.

What does a good marriage consist of?  And more importantly is it enough to bring her and Ryan back together or was it really never what was supposed to be?

This was my first dabble into author Taylor Jenkins Reid and I was not disappointing.  After I Do is written in a humorous lighthearted way that is engaging, witty, and significant all at once.  The one-year-break was a unique way to handle a marriage gone awry.  While the story is told mainly from Lauren’s point of view, we as readers are left pretty much as she is… not knowing what Ryan is thinking or doing or if he will even come back.  I enjoyed the suspense.

If you enjoy a good not to heavy read I suggest you try this book.  I listened to it on audio and found Tara Sands narration to be perfect for this book.  In fact, once I finished After I Do, I went on to read two more books by this author.

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 11 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
  • Release Date: September 10, 2015
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press (July 1, 2014)

14 thoughts on “After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  1. Hmmmm. I wonder if Tara Sands is related to Xe Sands, one of my favorite audiobook narrators? Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll add it to my TBL list.

  2. I thought the author’s name looked familiar so I looked up to see what else she had written. I read Maybe in Another Life last year and really enjoyed it. I lent it to a friend who stayed up all night reading it. I’ll definitely have to read more by this author.

  3. Sheila, I’m glad you enjoyed this new-to-you author. It sounds as if I would enjoy it as well.

    I have just posted my First Book of the Year! 🙂

  4. I loved this one, too, and have read two others by the author, also enjoyable. Thanks for sharing.

    I see you are “testing” out your backgrounds…I’m going through that on An Interior Journey….

  5. I have been with my husband more than 50 yrs. 7 yrs dating , 44 yrs married. We have certainly had times when this would be appealing and other times when we wouldn’t dream of it. This would be an interesting story and I imagine no two stories would be alike if all married people did this, say after 25 years. Fun post.

  6. Wow, it must have been great if you went on to read two more of the author’s book. This is just the type of book I like to listen to while driving. I’ll have to get my hands on the audiobook.

  7. What a novel idea! No pun intended. I am looking forward to reading this. I enjoy stories that take something “typical” if you will – separation, and give it a twist – no communication for a year. I just might have to go the library today.

    My word for the year is commitment. Especially in terms of maintaining and building the relationships I have with people in my life.

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