Laura Dave | The Divorce Party

The Book: 

The Divorce Party by Laura Dave
Published January 18th 2022 by Penguin Books
Date read: January 30, 2022

The Characters: 

Gwynn and Tom Huntington
Their children, Nate and Georgia
Maggie, Nate’s fiance

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Buy it on | Amazon

The Plot (from Goodreads):

Sizzle Factor: SPF 50. A secret marriage, lies about affairs . . . even sex on the day of the divorce party (USA Today) a novel by the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller and Reese’s Book Club Pick, The Last Thing He Told Me

Set in Hamptons high society, The Divorce Party features two women-one newly engaged and one at the end of her marriage-trying to answer the same question: when should you fight to save a relationship, and when should you let go? An insightful and funny multi-generational story, this deeply moving novel is sure to touch anyone whose heart has weathered an unexpected storm.

The Review: 

Thank you to Penguin Books for this free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I loved The Last Thing He Told Me, so I was extremely excited to see another Laura Dave book available. The Divorce Party is actually a republishing of one of Dave’s earlier works, originally published in 2008.

The Divorce Party is told through two perspectives: that of Gwynn, the family matriarch, as she prepares for her divorce from Tom, and that of Maggie, Nate’s fiance, new to the family and offering a refreshing outside perspective. I enjoyed how we learned about this family from both the inside and the outside. I preferred Maggie’s POV. Gwynn was somewhat unlikeable in the beginning, although I understood where she was coming from by the end.

I enjoyed that the characters were not perfect and that their love stories felt real. There is no storybook ending in real life, and The Divorce Party does a good job of reflecting realistic relationships.

The setting of this book is unparalleled. I have never been to Montauk, but I feel like I can perfectly picture the Huntington estate and surrounding town. I’m a sucker for the suspenseful setting of a summer storm.

This book is very short, and at times I wanted a little more from the story. Overall, though, I enjoyed the hopeful themes and the reminder that love is not simple, and everyone’s love story looks different.

QOTD: What’s the strangest themed party you’ve attended?

Follow me on Bloglovin’!

We're trying to grow our mailing list. If you join us and stick around, you will automatically be entered into two giveaways as a token of our thanks. And that's just the start!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *