By Taylor Jenkins Reid
From the writer of without end, Interrupted—hailed by means of Sarah Jio as “moving, wonderful, and now and then heart-wrenching”—comes a wide ranging new novel approximately sleek marriage, the intensity of relations ties, and the 12 months that one amazing heroine spends exploring both.
When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the brink, they arrive up with an unconventional plan. They choose to take a 12 months off within the hopes of discovering the way to fall in love back. 12 months aside, and just one rule: they can not touch one another. apart from that, something goes.
Lauren embarks on a trip of self-discovery, fast discovering that her family and friends have their very own principles concerning the that means of marriage. those impacts, in addition to her personal therapeutic method and the demanding situations of dwelling except Ryan, start to swap Lauren’s principles approximately monogamy and marriage. She begins to question: if you happen to could have romance with no loyalty and dedication with out marriage, whilst love and lust aren't any longer tied jointly, what do you worth? What are you keen to struggle for?
This is a love tale approximately what occurs while the affection fades. It’s approximately staying in love, seizing love, leaving behind love, and committing to like with every little thing you’ve obtained. And peculiarly, After I Do is the tale of a pair stuck up in an previous game—and looking for a brand new street to fortunately ever after.
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But I couldn’t feel anything except his hands on me, his lips on mine. I could think of nothing but what we were doing, the way my hands felt on his neck, the way he smelled like fresh laundry and musk. When it became time to progress or say good-bye, I pulled away from him, leaving my hand still in his. I could see in his eyes that he wanted me to ask him to come back to my room. But I didn’t. ” “Good night,” I said, kissing his cheek. I pulled my hand out of his and turned to leave. I almost stopped right there and asked him to come up with me.
SIX YEARS AGO We had a July wedding. It was outdoors on the wide lawn of a hotel just outside of Los Angeles. I wore a white dress. I threw my bouquet. We danced all night, Ryan spinning me around, holding me close, and showing me off. The morning after the festivities were over, we got into the car and headed out for our honeymoon. We had considered places like Costa Rica or Paris, maybe a cruise through the Italian Riviera. But the truth was, we didn’t have that kind of money. We decided to take it easy.
At one point, I cut myself on one of the rocks, a deep gash torn into my ankle. Despite the fact that it was bleeding into my sock, there was nothing I could do. I just had to keep moving. And yet somehow during this entire hike, there were groups of people ahead of us and behind us who seemed to be doing just fine. There were even people coming down the mountain with smiles on their faces, proud of themselves for making it up there. I wanted to grab their shirts and demand that they tell me what lay ahead.
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