An American Marriage & People You Meet On Vacation

In addition to Her Secret War, I read two more great fiction books this week! Have you read any of these? What did you think?

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry. 4 stars. 364 pages, Published 2021

People We Meet on Vacation was everywhere last year and I finally got around to a listen/read. I loved the friendship between opposites Poppy and Alex. As someone who had a best friend of the opposite sex in college and beyond I loved the banter and the love.

As Poppy found herself having everything she wanted, but still not being happy she decided that making up with Alex was a good first step. The story hops from past to present so that we find out what happened to break their friendship.

A fun modern romance even if I wish more of that lightheartedness would have carried through to the end.

This was the Goodreads Award Winner for Best Romance.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. 4.5 stars. 308 pages. Published 2018

What a great way to start my reading year! Inspired by part of a real conversation she heard at a restaurant in Atlanta. “Would you have waited seven years for me?” And the response “But it would not happen to you.” gets to the heart of this tested marriage.

From the very first pages I felt like I knew Roy and Cecilia. There was an exchange of letters explaining the current situation and then a look back at their upbringing and marriage. Their story was raw and poignant. It’s also the story of Atlanta and all that it means to them both.

If your spouse of 1 1/2 years was falsely imprisoned for 12 years how would you go on? If you like stories about marriage I highly recommend this book. I wish it had gone further in the end, but was still enraptured in their relationship and the secondary characters, especially Roy’s dad.

5 thoughts on “An American Marriage & People You Meet On Vacation

  1. harvee says:

    There are a lot of romance novels coming out right now and I think I’d like to read more of them, but finding one that is not a stereotypical romance or one that is predictable might be a challenge!

  2. Lesley says:

    I’ve had An American Marriage on my TBR list for quite some time, but until reading your review, I had no intention of reading People We Meet on Vacation. It’s now on my list! Thanks for the reviews, Stacy.

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