After I Do was a well executed, highly relatable story, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. Maybe I never actually read the book description, or maybe I just read it a long time ago when I first heard about this book. I was expecting the day to day story of a married couple. What I wasn’t expecting was an all-too-realistic portrayal of a couple who have fallen out of love and are not sure they can be married anymore.
After admitting that she no longer loves him, Lauren and Ryan decide to take a break…for a year. They’re hoping that some time apart will help them remember what they love about each other and help them save their marriage. What unfolds over the year isn’t what Lauren had anticipated. With a lot of wisdom from her family and some family drama along the way, this story reminded me of the TV shows Parenthood and Brothers and Sisters. I enjoyed the close-knit relationships Lauren had with her sister, her brother, and even her mother and her grandmother. Although I didn’t entirely agree with Reid’s assessment of how marriage changes a whole family, she described it very well.
Lauren’s voice was easy to read. I plowed through this book in a few sittings, but I think I was just hoping for more. I’d read so many rave reviews, and I loved Maybe In Another Life and One True Loves so much. I wanted to see a love story that continued after marriage instead of having to read about an almost failed marriage and rediscovered love. The title of this book was misleading, and while the story was very well written, it left me feeling unfulfilled.
Rating: 3 Stars