Tuesday, 10 July 2018

The Happiness List by Annie Lyons @1AnnieLyons @HQDigitalUK #Review

Copy received from HQ Digital via Netgalley.

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 of 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…
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After really enjoying The Choir on Hope Street I couldn't wait to pick up The Happiness List. Even though we return to Hope Street as a setting this book easily reads as a standalone story. In this book we follow Heather, Fran and Pamela who all meet and become friends when they attend a happiness course. This trio are down to earth and so very easy to relate to due to their situations. They were constantly making me smile, especially Fran I loved her no nonsense and straight talking approach but also her softer more vulnerable side. Annie Lyons has managed to create a snapshot of life from three different perspectives. With an emphasis on supporting one another through life, both the good parts and the bad. 

In this book there is a wonderful balance of lighter funnier moments against the more emotional side. The Happiness List is a story that takes us on quite a journey one where each character grows in confidence. I really enjoyed the idea of sitting back and reflecting on the smaller things that will make you just as a happy but that we sometimes overlook. This story created an emotional but overall uplifting feeling that I thought was perfect. I have to admit there were a few tears but this just shows how much of a connection I felt to both the characters and story. I didn't want to put this book down but I also felt sad that I had to leave the characters behind! While I was reading this book it made me feel as if I was wrapped up in a bubble of warmth, love and contentment.

The Happiness List is emotional, funny and amazingly heartfelt. A truly beautiful story!

Five stars from me!

With thanks to HQ Digital for my copy.

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