I have heard so many amazing things about Taylor Jenkins Reid and her books and was absolutely thrilled to finally read my first book by her recently, After I Do. OMG you guys- I absolutely see what the hype was all about! This book was amazing and everything that I hoped it to be, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t tear up several times while reading this.
After I Do is an incredibly sweet, modern love story about the marriage between Lauren and Ryan Cooper who met in college at 19 years old, fell in love, and got married. After 11 years together, they begin to fight a lot and forget the reasons why they fell in love with one another and how to make one another happy. When their marriage reaches its breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan to take a year long break from one another in effort to find a way to fall in love again. During this time, they are not allowed to contact one another and will be dating other people. Over the course of a year, Lauren goes through a beautiful journey of self-discovery and begins to change her ideas on what love and marriage are and what she truly values both in life and in a relationship.
I absolutely adored this beautiful story and fell in love with all of the characters in this book. Lauren and Ryan were incredibly relatable and I loved being able to watch them grow throughout the book. Their relationship struggles are something that most of us have experienced at one point or another and it felt like a beautiful reminder about how fragile, wonderful, and complicated love can be. I felt so immersed in their story and relished in all of the emotions I was able to feel while navigating their journey. All of the supporting characters in this story were amazing as well and I loved the various little storylines with each of them.
This story is about what happens when the romance and love fades in a relationship and how to stay in love. It’s about the importance of never giving up and not being afraid to ask for what you want and need in a relationship. It’s a reminder that everyones opinion on love and marriage drastically varies and that there is no definitive one-size-fits-all meaning or guide to follow. If you are looking for a feel good modern love story that will not only be difficult to put down, but teach you some wonderful reminders and insights about love, family and relationships, I highly recommend reading this book!
BEER PAIRING: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid is best paired with No Way Frose by Prairie Artisan Ales. This enjoyable, lightly tart sour ale is brewed with juniper, lime zest, pineapple purée and strawberries, reminiscent of the traditional Frose drink 🍻