The Secret of Happy Ever After

The Secret of Happy Ever After

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by Lucy Dillon
     
 

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Michelle doesn’t believe in fairy tales. She’s a hard-headed businesswoman, making a fresh start in a new town. And when she decides to take over a neglected book shop, she knows the perfect manager.

For book-loving Anna, it’s a dream come true—and not just because it gives her an escape from her three demanding step-children and their

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Michelle doesn’t believe in fairy tales. She’s a hard-headed businesswoman, making a fresh start in a new town. And when she decides to take over a neglected book shop, she knows the perfect manager.

For book-loving Anna, it’s a dream come true—and not just because it gives her an escape from her three demanding step-children and their adorable but hyperactive Dalmatian. Although she’s been thinking that her own fairytale ending hasn’t really turned out the way she hoped, Anna’s passion for the classics is transforming the shop. The customers, and even Michelle, are falling under the spell of the magical stories of romance, adventure, and lost dogs.

But when secrets from her past threaten Michelle’s new beginnings, and trouble strikes at the heart of Anna’s household, can the wisdom and courage of the stories in the bookshop help the two friends—and those they love—find their happy ever after?

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Nostalgic, heart-warming and honest, this is a tale of love and friendship at its very best.”—Press Association (UK)

“Lucy Dillon's voice is gentle and kind throughout...perceptive and well handled. A heart-warming piece of escapism for long winter nights.”—Red Magazine 

“A modern fairy tale for grown-ups.”—The Sun (UK)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425261118
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/05/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
280,205
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

“Nostalgic, heart-warming and honest, this is a tale of love and friendship at its very best.”—Press Association (UK)

“Lucy Dillon's voice is gentle and kind throughout...perceptive and well handled. A heart-warming piece of escapism for long winter nights.”—Red Magazine

“A modern fairy tale for grown-ups.”—The Sun (UK)

Meet the Author

 Lucy Dillon is the author of Walking Back to Happiness and Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts.

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Secret of Happy Ever After 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
yayajencz More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and I am excited to read Lucy Dillon's other novels.  Anna's love of books and reading reminded me of myself and I particularly enjoyed her passionate recommendations of books for others to read. Absolutely delightful read!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Okay so, so many thoughts about this one. First off, found out about this while browsing through GR. So thank you for the suggestion for book related books about....books. And the summary had me at: bookshop. So of course this would be my kind of read right? Well, let's just say I was surprised with this one. You have two different women, Michelle a businesswoman who starts a shop called Home Sweet Home and then the shop next door which was already a bookshop. She then has the book shop running again and appoints her new friend Anna as manager. It helps that Anna is a bookworm through and through. As the story goes along, the both of them have their own stuff their dealing with in their everyday lives. I thought the tone would be somewhat lighthearted with some drama thrown in. But I was surprised where it was vice versa. You really feel for the two ladies. While I was annoyed in some moments, especially Phil, you get at least what he's going through. Not exactly but he has his reasons. Anyway, dogs Pongo and Tavish sound freaking adorable. And of course love, LOVE, the book title references. Especially the list of books at the end. I recognize some, read some and some I never heard of. I also thought I was going to like reading about Anna and the bookshop. But found myself wanting to read more about Michelle and of course Rory. And yes Anna and her at the bookshop mostly. I mean who couldn't relate with Anna and her love of books, having it be a dream come true to run her own bookshop? Who doesn't love those places, from the small shops to bigger shops. Something about shelves lined with books you know? Anyway, this was a surprising but good read to just take your time with.
Lynda-Lee47 More than 1 year ago
Good read . Friendship between two people by accident. Family orientated story that has a twist that you don't expect. expect
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