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.
The fact that I started reading this book a month after I said “I do” was not on purpose. Because my to-read list is neverending gets longer almost daily, I decided to do a random pick and this was it.
I was expecting a fluffy read about a girl who “finds herself” after having marital issues, but what it actually was for me, is a little lesson in marriage. Yes, Lauren, does some soul searching and a lot of thinking, so to an extent she does find herself, but the author doesn’t dwell on this. Rather, she leaves subtle marriage lessons and advice throughout the book.
After I do was a really easy and quick read. Not a page turner but enjoyable for somebody who wants to read about marriage and the issues. I didn’t feel like I knew the characters at all, I just knew what they were feeling but because of the story it doesn’t matter entirely because it is based on feelings and experiences.
I think I read this book at the perfect time and enjoyed it for the lessons but overall there isn’t much to say about it because it is what it is – a couple taking a year apart, finding themselves and seeing if they can survive without each other in that time.