• Happy Place

  • By: Emily Henry
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (5,589 ratings)

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Happy Place

By: Emily Henry
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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Publisher's summary


“The beach-read master hooks us again."—

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2023 by BuzzFeed ∙ Paste Magazine ∙ Elle ∙ Southern Living ∙ SheReads ∙ Culturess ∙ Medium ∙ Her Campus ∙ Readers Digest ∙ Zibby Mag and more!

A couple who broke up months ago pretend to still be together for their annual weeklong vacation with their best friends in this glittering and wise new novel from #1
New York Times bestselling author Emily Henry.

Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college—they go together like salt and pepper, honey and tea, lobster and rolls. Except, now—for reasons they’re still not discussing—they don’t.

They broke up five months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends.

Which is how they find themselves sharing a bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group’s yearly getaway for the last decade. Their annual respite from the world, where for one vibrant, blissful week they leave behind their daily lives; have copious amounts of cheese, wine, and seafood; and soak up the salty coastal air with the people who understand them most.

Only this year, Harriet and Wyn are lying through their teeth while trying not to notice how desperately they still want each other. Because the cottage is for sale and this is the last week they’ll all have together in this place. They can’t stand to break their friends’ hearts, and so they’ll play their parts. Harriet will be the driven surgical resident who never starts a fight, and Wyn will be the laid-back charmer who never lets the cracks show. It’s a flawless plan (if you look at it from a great distance and through a pair of sunscreen-smeared sunglasses). After years of being in love, how hard can it be to fake it for one week…in front of those who know you best?

©2023 Emily Henry (P)2023 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Henry's new novel is a slow-burn romance and an ode to the chosen family we need when everything gets too complicated...The beach-read master hooks us again." People

“Blur[s] the lines between women’s and literary-leaning commercial fiction, departing from the fantasy spaces of bodice rippers and misty moors to depict a world that looks a lot more like, well, our own…Henry operates at the top of her—and her readers’—intelligence, telling sophisticated, heartfelt stories that are conscious of the romantic comedy conventions without being overly meta about them…Henry’s dedicated readers know what to expect: wit, charm and heart, satisfying to the last page.” The Washington Post

“With tender insight and quick wit, Henry delivers prosecco and sea breezes alongside startling mediations on friendship, loss, and adulthood.” Oprah Quarterly

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Editorial Review

Where is your happy place?
Listening to Emily Henry’s Happy Place made me think about my own happy place. Is it Martha’s Vineyard where I summered as a child, the Bahamas where most of my family still lives, or is it simply being at home with my daughter? For Harriet Kilpatrick, her happy place is the Maine cottage she and her college friends visit every summer. But Harriet’s happiness is short-lived when she discovers that her ex-fiancé Wyn Conner is also there for the week. Julia Whelan once again proves why she is the perfect narrator for a Henry novel. Her moving performance made my heart ache as we see Harriet and Wyn fall in love and then fall apart, and then slowly inch back together. Even Harriet’s lovable friend group comes to life under Whelan’s sparkling narration. —Margaret H., Audible Editor