Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Happiness In Between by Grace Greene

Setting: Cub Creek, Virginia
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union
Release Date: January 31, 2017

Sandra Hurst gave her husband two changes. She divorced him once, but took him back in hopes that he really had changed. Sadly, this marriage has proven that he's just as emotionally abusive as before. Leaving her home in the middle of the night, Sandra doesn't know how to start over, but she's going to start over.

She learns that her aunt needs a house and dog sitter. Sandra heads to rural Virginia where she finds her family's home structurally sound but in desperate need of a good cleaning and a few repairs. Her aunt's dog is missing, so that's one of her first goals. She soon finds the dog, but it's actually her young neighbor's dog. This starts a new friendship between Sandra and the boy and his father.

It's not going to be easy, and her husband isn't quite ready to give her up, but Sandra's ready to put her feet down. It's her time to prove she's tougher than anyone knew.

Strengths and Weaknesses

One thing the author did well was to portray emotional abuse. It's harder to prove emotional abuse to others, but that doesn't mean it's not there. I have a friend who's been in emotionally abusive relationships multiple times. It's not easy watching it and certainly not easy for those trapped in it.

The Happiness In Between has a charming setting. I loved reading the chapters and watching the house become a home. I felt drawn to Sandra and others within the town. There are times it was a bit predictible, but I really didn't care. I just wanted to see how things played out.

RTR's Bottom Line

What could have been a dark, sad plot turned into an uplifting one. I love that Sandra didn't dwell on the past as much as she could have. She dove into her projects and started living life on her terms. It's an easy read, and one that proved to be different to what I was expecting.

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