Happy Place

Books on Tape. Apr. 2023. 11 hrs. ISBN 9780593675120. $95. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Heartbroken and exhausted, Harriet is excited to escape her life for a week and go to her happy place, an annual summer trip to Maine with her college besties. This will be the first trip without her ex-fiancé Wyn, and she is nervous about telling their close-knit friends about the breakup and the effect it may have on the group. Things get tricky when she arrives—Wyn is there, and owing to unforeseen circumstances, they must pretend they’re still together. Henry (Book Lovers) is back with another layered romance that explores the transition from one’s carefree early twenties into adulthood. Well-versed in Henry’s worlds, narrator Julia Whelan perfectly encapsulates Harriet and Wyn and skillfully builds tension through her portrayal of their complicated feelings toward each other. A seasoned narrator, Whelan slips expertly into each side character with just the slightest adjustment to her tone, leaving listeners entranced.
VERDICT Henry’s fans will be pleased with this tale of friendship, found family, grief, and growing up. A superb collaboration between a writer and narrator, both at the top of their game.
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