I was looking for an easy read last month when I was sick, and since I love Emily Henry, I was stoked to pick up People We Meet on Vacation. I figured since I wasn’t feeling well, it would be a light read that I could put down when my head inevitably began pounding like it had all day.
I was wrong. I could not put it down. Even when my head was screaming at me to take a nap, I pushed through because I could not get enough of Alex and Poppy.
I have many book boyfriends, but there are only a select few that I hold in high regard. Alex is definitely one of them. I am a sucker for an uptight, brainy man in khakis that cannot handle chaos and must have everything in order. I’m even more of a sucker for him if he can get a little messy for the person he loves.
People We Meet on Vacation is a friends to lovers romance that spans several summers. Poppy and Alex meet in college though they are from the same area many miles away. Poppy is carefree, wild, eccentric, and tough. Alex is careful, calm, stable, and warm. Their friendship is unlikely but it started on a fateful road trip after their first year of college. It began a yearly tradition of vacations and a strong bond that could not be broken.
Until it was.
Until one vacation changed everything between them and ruined their special connection.
Two years pass and Poppy is in a rut. She has a fantastic job doing something she loves, but she’s unsettled. Unhappy. She realizes the last time she was truly happy was when she was on vacation with Alex. Much to her surprise, when she asks him if he wanted to vacate like old times, he agrees.
The trip begins with tension from unspoken words that were long overdue. Poppy’s goal is to make their friendship right, but even as she does it, there’s something looming so heavily above them that every attempt fails.
Told in an alternating timeline, visiting several past summers, PWMOV stole my heart almost immediately. Henry’s writing is so purposeful that every moment shared between Alex and Poppy made my heart squeeze. I love romance, I love kissing and physical intimacy, but what I loved most in this book was the emotional intimacy between Alex and Poppy. Every hug, nudge of acknowledgement, or long-lasting stare took my heart and shot it to the moon. There was something so familiar about their relationship that kept me pushing through my headache to get to the last page.
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