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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Something Like Happy by Eva Woods

Setting: London
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: September 5, 2017

After tragic events tear her world apart, Annie Hebden is in a rut. Between a job she hates, visits to the hospital, and a dreary flat shared with a young Greek man, she's simply miserable and doesn't care. After all she's been through, she doesn't really believe in happiness.

Polly Leonard has her own problems. When she meets Annie, she makes it her goal to turn this woman's life around. Polly's plan - 100 days of doing something that brings you happiness - is nothing Annie wants, but she ends up letting Polly twist her arm.

As the days progress, Annie finds herself gaining a valued friend and a new outlook on life. The problem is that true happiness can't last forever; can it?

Strengths and Weaknesses

Part tearjerker, part uplifting fiction, Something Like Happy hooked me from the start. You get insight into the events that change Annie's world. As sections of the book moved to the hospital and Annie's mom, I really felt for her. I won't go into spoilers, but this book covered two diseases that I've had personal dealings with this year with my mom and dad. It sucks. I get how bad it sucks for Annie.

The more I read, the more I became convinced that this is what I need to get out of my own rut. It may not change much, but 100 days of focusing on something that makes me happy each day. I'm in! Thanks to author Eva Woods for planting that idea.

RTR's Bottom Line

In many ways, Annie could be me. I've been through so many of her experiences in different times of my life. The loss, the uncertainty, having a job you hate, but needing that job to pay the bills. I felt a strong bond with Annie.

Because I did bond with many of the characters, I couldn't stop reading Something Like Happy. It became a late night as I continued on Annie's journey. Was it worth being tired? You bet!

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