Thursday, 30 August 2018

Book Review - The Happiness List by Annie Lyons

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Title: The Happiness List
Author: Annie Lyons
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ Digital 
Publication Date: 11th July 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

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…

A wonderfully uplifting story with three rather distinct characters and their stories but with a common theme. 

Each chapter alternates between focusing on Fran, Heather and Pam who all for different reasons find themselves at the Hope Street Community Centre on a course to discover "happiness". 

Heather is sure she is happy as she is engaged and is working on wedding plans, but found herself at a loose end when Luke was working late again.  Fran on the other hand is realising she may need to start moving on, she was widowed two years ago and has two wonderful children to look after, and Charlie is a star.   Then there is Pam who is a bit older than the others, is regarded as a gossip on Hope Street but really does have a heart of gold, but needs to re-discover who she really is as her children are all adults now. 

I loved getting to know all three of these ladies and their friends, circumstances, and just how this Happiness course is going to work for them all. 

As the story progresses new friendships are made, there are journeys of self discovery and new hobbies, and lessons that the readers can take from it about their own happiness. 

This is a feel good summer read, that is a pleasure to read, and is another gem of a book from Annie Lyons. I just feel bad I didn't read it the second it arrived on my kindle many months ago as I was missing out! 

Thank you to HQ Digital and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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