People We Meet on Vacation

Berkley. May 2021. 384p. ISBN 9781984806758. pap. $16. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Travel writer Poppy Wright finds that her inspiration is fading. It doesn’t help that she hasn’t spoken to her best friend for over two years. Hoping to reclaim both her friendship with Alex Nilsen and her zest for her career, Poppy schedules a vacation on the cheap, just like she and Alex used to during their college days. As challenges arise—including a busted-up rental car, a misleading condo rental that only has one bed, and a broken air conditioner—Poppy and Alex confront the event that tore them apart, which could create a new bond between them or end their friendship forever. A series of flashbacks show 12 years of summer vacations. Buttoned-up, starchy Alex and chaotic, sunny Poppy are perfect foils who are also a perfect match; they just need to let go of their fear and try.
VERDICT Henry’s latest will appeal to readers who are drawn to stories with emotion, poetic language, and a strong sense of place, like Kate Clayborn’s Love Lettering.
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