Happiness Sold Separately

Happiness Sold Separately

by Lolly Winston
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Happiness Sold Separately 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's been ages since I've read a book that I literally could not put down, having read all but the first 30 pages of this one in one sitting. I found Elinor, Ted and Gina to be wonderfully written characters. They are likable, frustrating, annoying, selfish, needy and sad. Very real characters with very real human emotions. I was definitely in Elinor's corner throughout the story. While her withdrawing from Ted was not a good thing, I understood what she was going through and felt she deserved better. Ted is the character I had the most problem with. Clearly he is a man who seems to want his cake and eat it too. He is unbelievably selfish and I was hoping Gina would eventually see this. It is a good indepth look though in marriage, lack of communication when things start going wrong and why things fall apart and people move into affairs. It's also a good lesson when Elinor finally realizes that happiness is not guaranteed ~~ too bad that it has taken her till her 40s to learn that and only at the end. I thought this one was a comedy but it's not. It is actually a well-written look into infidelity and infertility; Elinor is at a loss when she overhears Ted talking on the phone with someone named Gina. When the truth comes out, everyone involved has to figure out the next step. Still in some form of love with his wife, Ted promises to break up with Gina. Sometimes life intrusions make promises hard to keep. Each perspective is lovingly detailed, exposing the strengths and weaknesses of each character. All three of the main players are compelling. Rather than detracting from the flow and pacing of the story, the inclusion of all three characters is smoothly done.        
H_Batista More than 1 year ago
This book wasnt my favorite book in the world but for some reason I couldnt put it down, I just wanted to find out what happened. There was always something interesting going on to grab my attention and if your going through a crap marraige or your husband cheated on you then this is a good book to read!
Cecita More than 1 year ago
I loved the beginning. I found the main character very witty. The depictions of pain were so vivid. But then I was disappointed. Yes, I wanted to know what was going to happen but it was so sad throughout and there were actions that left me wondering if adults would really take.
rpeterson7 More than 1 year ago
First time choosing book by Lolly Winston. Was a nice audio book to listen to-not one of my favorites though
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Lolly Winston's writing style, but I found this book useless banter back and forth between descisions. I thought this was a really sad book, and I believe it could lead people in a direction that they do not want to take with their life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I love how Winston is not afraid to take on real tragedy. She has a gift and I can't wait for her next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The details are great and she puts so much into her charachers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was, very much like her first one 'Good Grief,' a page turner. I can go on and on about how Ms Winston works life's most intimate details into her charaters and fleshes them out till you actually believe these charaters are absolutely living and breating, but I will not waste your time with that. Instead, I will simply say that 'Happiness Sold Separately' is one of the best character studies that i have read in some time. This was a very good and interesting book, if you have some time on your hands then curl up and read away. You will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! From the first to the last, each page filled with substance and grit. As good as her first. Lolly, please write another.
Jessica Kurtz More than 1 year ago
The author does a great job of making you feel the main charcter's trials and tribultions. The storyline felt a little drawn out. Great example of how some things happen for a reason.
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ElizabethLynne More than 1 year ago
I like this book except for a few things.First of all,if you know the person who you are training and a client is married.Why would you want to involve yourself.Why bother?You shouldn't be dating your client.Just stick with being his trainer.Not at ALL!PERIOD!Conflict of interest.I'm glad that Ted's wife found out about his affair.She had every right what she did.She invited the mistress over and pretending to be a potential future client.Gina the mistress had no idea that it was Ted's wife.The look on Ted's face and Gina's face when he went to answer the door.He shouldn't have been cheating on his wife.Gina should have stopped seeing Ted.But she continued to flirt with Ted at the gym by putting his finger in her mouth and sucking on it.Plust wearing these skimpy outfits and grinding on Ted's groin.He enjoyed it and he felt himself get harder and harder.No matter what,he and his wife should have been able to work things out.He and Gina cont. to see each other.He finds out she has a son.Her son Toby likes Ted.Toby wants Ted to marry Gina.He bought Toby a matchbox car and a videogame.She says she enjoys having sex with him but she doesn't want her son to get hurt by Ted.Why is he buying his mistress's son gifts,when he's trying to reconcile his wife?What's wrong with Ted?Elinor had every right to get mad at Ted b/c Toby called the house.Ted moved out.He still saw Gina and her son Toby.He should have been honest with his wife from the beginning.Before things got out of hand and the he had this affair.This mistress of his can't seem to get enought of the Married man.Ted seems that he can't get enough of his Mistress Gina.He wants them both.They go to marriage counsceling.When you take your Vows,you should respect them.They are sacred and you said them in the eyes of the Lord.He hangs with Gina and Toby.When Toby is asleep,the two has sex and Ted leaves before Toby awakens.Gina dates other men but all she thinks of is Ted.A miracle happened,Elinor got pregnant.Ted moves back in and he's a different person.He tells Toby to stop calling b/c his wife isn't feeling well and he doesn't want to stress his wife.Elinor miscarried-again.Gina wants to find a male figure for her son to look up to.She picked Ted.She's in search of a Tutor since Ted left to go back to his wife.He stopped being Toby's tutor.She's meeting Elinor's cleaning guy,Roger as a Tutor.Her son is very smart.He thinks that all the guys she brings home are boyfriends.The men in Gina's life hasn't been the best.Barry the concert promoter,buys her expensive gifts.Shane who is in a band,has a problem with drugs and alcohol.She only thinks of Ted.Ted is married and she doesn't seem to care.
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Great book that completely draws you in and you are sad when the story is over. I want to know more!
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shottsie More than 1 year ago
I had read Good Grief and was excited to read this book as well. There was no disappointment as this book has a little bit of everything-humor, drama, sadness, etc. I would recommend reading this book to anyone who is a chick lit fan and wants a good read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was on the bargain table and looked interesting. While it is chick lit, it tells a beautiful story of relationships, loss and finding happiness in yourself rather than others. The characters are all quite unique and the story line compelling-read it in a day. Can't wait to buy her first book 'Good Grief' and read it.