Happy Place by Emily Henry

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Harriet and Wyn have been a perfect couple for years, but they broke up five months ago and have kept it from their friends. They are now forced to share a bedroom during their friend group’s yearly retreat at a Maine cottage, where they have to pretend everything is okay. With the cottage on sale, this could be their last time together with their friends, so they’ll do whatever it takes to fake their relationship. But pretending to be in love after years of being together may not be as easy as they thought.

Book review of Happy Place

Happy Place by Emily Henry is a charming and heartwarming story about love and finding happiness. The novel takes place in a cozy beach cottage in Maine where a group of friends reunites for their yearly getaway. Among them are Harriet and Wyn, who had broken up five months prior, but had not told anyone yet. As the story unfolds, we get to see their journey towards reconciliation and finding their way back to each other.

One of the things that I loved about this book was the portrayal of Harriet’s happy place. It was refreshing to see a woman’s happiness not necessarily tied to a man, but rather, to being with the man she wanted. Harriet loved Wyn fiercely, and that was evident throughout the book. The setting of the beach cottage in Maine was also perfect and added to the charm of the story. It was easy to picture the beautiful coastal scenery and feel the salty air while reading.

The characters in the book were also well-developed and relatable. Each character had their own struggles and emotions, making it easy for the reader to connect with them. The dynamic between the group of friends felt genuine and made me wish I had a group of friends like them. The witty banter between the characters was also a highlight of the book, and there were many laugh-out-loud moments throughout.

Emily Henry has a talent for writing in such a way that makes the readers feel the emotions of the characters. The themes of letting go of others’ expectations and being true to oneself are universal and relatable. I look forward to reading her next book and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

Final verdict

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Happy Place and would recommend it to anyone looking for a feel-good, romantic read. The only downside to the book was that the tension and secrets being kept by some of the characters felt a bit forced and fake at times. However, this did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the story.

Our Score


  • Well-developed characters with depth and relatable struggles.
  • Witty banter and humorous moments that keep the reader engaged.
  • Beautifully written prose that conveys emotion and captures the essence of the setting.


  • Some readers may not enjoy the forced proximity trope that drives the plot.
  • The tension and secrets among the friend group may feel contrived and fake to some.
  • Some readers may not connect with the romantic leads or feel that their chemistry falls flat.
Happy PlacePublisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley; First Edition (April 25, 2023)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593441273
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593441275
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.31 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.4 x 1.32 x 9.33 inches

About Article Author

Rachel Parker

Rachel Parker is an inveterate romantic. An author of romance books and stories for the past 10 years, she combines her writing life with her love of literary criticism, waiting for her prince charming to appear at any moment.
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