This book is about 3 women from different generations who are all dealing with grief, betrayal, dissatisfaction or feelings of being taken for granted. The story is written with compassion and humour as you discover the backgrounds of the characters who all have an element of unhappiness in their life.
The three sign up for a local “Happiness Course” and find unlikely friendship and support in each other as they complete the weekly tasks to build their own Happiness Lists. As the story progresses they learn a lot about themselves, and each other, as they find new strengths and interests.
In the first few chapters there are a lot of characters which does take a bit of concentration, but then the story flows easily. All three women are extremely likeable, the sort of women you’d like to become friends with. I loved the characters of Charlie, a 10 year old girl wise beyond her years but with an innocent vulnerability, and of Alan who was perfectly portrayed.
It is an extremely moving story that left me misty eyed on more than one occasion. Some of it is predictable but in that nice “lose yourself in a book” way, with a few twists towards the end. It has been the perfect easy read for a hot Summer Sunday that left me feeling all warm and gooey in my soul.
Annie Lyons is a new author to me and she has 4 more books out which will now be added to my ever growing To Be Read pile.
Aside from the story itself there was a wonderful upcycling idea at the end which got my mind ticking and a link to take your own free personality survey.
Released 11th July 2018
The Blurb: Life is about to change forever…
Heather is finally back on Hope Street after running from the memories for so long. She hasn’t bumped into many neighbours yet but with her upcoming wedding to plan there’s plenty to keep her busy!
Fran is still trying to get used to a life without her husband by her side. It’s hard enough raising two children on her own – she doesn’t have time to even think about dating…
Pamela is fed up with being taken for granted by her grown-up children and grumbling husband. She’s ready to shake things up a little, but will her family even notice?
So when the three women hear about a ‘happiness course’ starting on Hope Street, surely it’s the perfect opportunity to let their hair down, laugh with new friends and maybe even change their lives in ways they never expected…
I’d like to thank Annie Lyons, HQ Digital and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my independent opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m happy to share it with you as part of my Recommended Reading.