Emily Henry is a go-to author for me. I’ve now read every romance novel that she’s ever written and I’m already anticipating her next release in 2024 (Funny Story).
I’ve noticed that Emily Henry’s books improve with every new one that is published. As her most recent two books were 5-star reads for me, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
If you’re in the mood for a really good romance novel to read on your summer holiday, look no further.
You can find the reviews of every book written by Emily Henry below:
Reviews of Emily Henry Books I’ve Read
1. Beach Read
Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast. They’re polar opposites. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block. Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel.
My rating: ★★★★
I saved this book for a long time purposely, so I could read it on the beach. With a title like Beach Read, where else could I simply read this book? So I took it on my holiday to Rhodes, Greece (you can watch my YouTube vlog of the trip here) and read it in the sunshine while lying on a sun lounger by the water. Bliss. I will say that I enjoyed the book and it was just what I expected in a typical summer rom-com type trope, but the one thing that was missing for me was that it sounded like it was set in the woods in the Mid West of America, not anywhere sunny or near the beach. In fact, I’m failing to remember a beach even being mentioned in the book. It wasn’t giving me the summer-filled sunshine romance that I was hoping for, so that knocked a star off.
2. You and Me on Vacation
Two friends. Ten summer trips. Their last chance to fall in love. 12 summers ago: Poppy and Alex meet. They hate each other, and are pretty confident they’ll never speak again. 11 summers ago: They’re forced to share a ride home from college and by the end of it a friendship is formed. And a pact: every year, one vacation together. 10 summers ago: Alex discovers his fear of flying on the way to Vancouver. Poppy holds his hand the whole way. 7 summers ago: They get far too drunk and narrowly avoid getting matching tattoos in New Orleans. 2 summers ago: It all goes wrong. This summer: Poppy asks Alex to join her on one last trip. A trip that will determine the rest of their lives.
My rating: ★★★★
Keeping with the vacation theme, I also read this book while on a sun lounger at a beach club in Rhodes and it honestly couldn’t have been a better location to get lost in this book. This was the perfect summer read and I loved that it was told in different stages of the characters lives, mixing between past and present.
3. Book Lovers
Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby. Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small-town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.
My rating: ★★★★★
Book Lovers was my final summer read in 2022 as I got over my Bali jetlag. I’ve now realised small town romance is my favourite trope and this is exactly what this was. A book editor and book agent who aren’t very fond of each other just so happen to be staying in the same small town and well, I’m sure you can guess what happens. Emily Henry basically makes fun of every cliche from every romance book in Book Lovers and I loved it. Incredibly predictable, but still so good.
4. Happy Place
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 six months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends. Which is how they find themselves sharing the largest bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group’s yearly getaway for the last decade. 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. 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?
My rating: ★★★★★
Happy Place has taken the top spot in my rankings of Emily Henry books. It seems that with each new book that Emily Henry publishes, the better they get. This one gripped my heart and had me fully invested from the outset. I’m not usually a fan of the switching of past and present storytelling, but it really worked in this novel and I would almost go back and read it again.