Happy Hour

Happy Hour

by Michele Scott


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ISBN-13: 9780982788080
Publisher: ZOVA Books
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michele Scott is the author of the popular Wine Lover's Mystery series and The Michaela Bancroft mysteries. With over 500,000 copies in print and her mysteries reaching bestseller lists, Ms. Scott has a popular following.

The author has been featured in The Writer, Romantic Times Book Club, San Diego Magazine, Touring & Tasting, WineCountry.com, The HorseChannel. com, America's Horse, as well as on Good Morning, Texas, and hundreds of radio shows nationally.

She also writes international bestselling thrillers under the name A.K. Alexander.

Ms. Scott lives in San Diego, Ca with her husband, children and their many animals. You can visit her at http://www.michelescott.com for reading guides, contest info., event news and exciting new information.

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Happy Hour 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
ShellyVoss More than 1 year ago
This is a book that every woman can in some way relate to. It is about four friends working in Napa Valley. They get together on the weekend to have their own personal Happy Hour where they laugh, lean on each other and occasionally cry. They are all dealing with various issues from financial crises to aging parents, raising kids and dealing with careers, etc...I loved it. I laughed. I cried. I drank a glass of wine from the author's recommendations. I really enjoyed this book and plan to give copies to all of the women I love in my life! I am suggesting it for our next book club read.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Family, Friends, Faith Every woman needs a group of friends like this. Jamie is the Editor-in-Chief of a Wine Lovers magazine. Kat is a Sommelier at a restaurant she owns with her husband. Danielle is a Vintner of a fabulous new winery. Alyssa is a Gallery Owner and artist. Together they meet every other Sunday evening for Happy Hour, wine, food and conversation. They help each other through whatever crisis may arrive. Kat's life is full of strife as she deals with her or her husband's ex, and the hard work it takes to make a blended family survive. Jamie is dealing with the death of her husband and caring for her daughter while caring for her senile but wonderful mother-in-law and having the finances needed to do it all. Danielle is divorced and has a daughter in college who is about to drop a "bombshell" and another in those "magnificent" teenage years. Alyssa has a secret she has carried for many years and is trying to figure out if she should share it with her friends when something happens and she has no choice. These woman grow to rely on each other as their lives face each hurdle. They offer each other strength, support and love, and sometimes tell each other what they don't want to hear. They hug, laugh and cry with each other. Can their friendships survive all that is in front of them? You'll have to read the book and find out. This is a wonderful story of lasting friendships. This book is full of humor and tears, you will laugh and cry right along with them as they face the struggles life brings. Michelle Scott has the true gift of a great writer, her words take you into the lives of her characters and almost make you forget the world happening around you. This is a book every woman should read and savor with a class of fine wine. http://dollycas.blogspot.com/
tututhefirst on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I like wine. I like stories about middle aged women coping with life. I like happy endings. But i'd sure like a bit more reality in my stories. This is pure chick lit. If you want all of your females to end up, now matter the problems in life are - divorce, aging parents, kids with life threatening diseases, betrayal, teenager daughters getting pregnant, job loss, secrets from the past--with gorgeous, well-off, totally well adjusted males to solve all the problems, this one's for you. Especially if you don't mind poor editing at the end of the book (looks like they were in a hurry to meet a publishing deadline) and pages at the end of chapters that have only 4 words on them. Ahem....self publishers!!!
ccourtland on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A contemporary novel addressing modern day problems faced by women. These are serious problems that are dealt with through laughter, friendship and tears. Those who are fans of the 'Sex and the City' or 'Desperate Housewives' generation will enjoy this read. It is chick lit., but has depth that separates it from the fluff stereotype. However, it isn't so heavy that it becomes depressing. There is a perfect mix of humor and realism that many readers will relate to. If you can't relate to issues or friendship bonds commonly featured in contemporary novels and shows (i.e. Sex in the City), then this read probably wouldn't interest you. Like most reads, personal experiences will dictate whether a reader can connect with the issues faced by the characters.
dgmlrhodes on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book is a wonderful story about four friends with very messy lives. However it is much more a highlight of the power of healing, rejuvenation after tragedy, and finding a new path. The book reflects the lives of four strong independent women with no real lead male characters. I always love a story with a strong female lead and this book certainly delivers with nice pacing and a fun story. Reader received a complimentary copy from Good Reads First Reads
Staciele on LibraryThing 7 months ago
It seems that the last few books I have read have been about women and friendships. So, far all of them have been enjoyable reads and this one didn't disappoint either. Even though this could be considered a "light" or "beach read", the topics covered in the story are not light. Each of the women in the story have a crisis going on in their life and must find a way to overcome it. Some of the situations were predictable, but there was just enough "surprise factor" to keep the reader interested. Even though the women were all friends, it wasn't always easy for them to share everything about their lives, but once they did, the friendships became stronger and even more supportive. I was wishing I had a group of friends like this to rally around when I was struggling. This isn't my first Michele Scott novel and even though this is different from her mystery series, I think Scott can be sucessful in writing a series for these women as well. There was still much that can happen in the lives of these women to make another novel enjoyable.As this book is read, every woman will realize how important the friends in her lives are. You will realize you can't get through anything without your friends. And, even though they may not give you the answers you want to hear, or understand your decisions, they will still be there for the long-haul. As the story stated, "Life was always changing, never the same." The one thing that did stay the same was their friendships - through all of it -divorce, death, family issues, parenting, teenagers, finances, aging parents, etc. But isn't that what makes life interesting? And each Sunday, as they gathered for wine, food, and support they realized "the only things they can really count on were friends, family and faith". Since Scott is also a wine lover, and has a passion for writing, horses, and cooking, I feel like we learned a little about her as well, as these were featured throughout the characters in the story. The treat at the back of the book are the recipes for some of the dishes served at their Sunday gatherings. Since there are a lot of "hot topics" in the novel, this would also make for an excellent book club discussion. There are even discussion questions included in the back of the book. I'm a sucker for great friendship novels and this one didn't disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable book overall. There were several misuses of homonyms and one really glaring error. MRSA is a staph not a strep, and both are bacteria rather than viruses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much heartbreak for these women, at times the book became depressing. It could have used more laugh out loud moments between the friends.
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fdbolt More than 1 year ago
Every woman has that group of friends in her life ~ her "go to girls. The friends that she can turn to who 'get it". The ones who are there for you no matter what. The ones who laugh with you and cry with you. The ones that will always be there. These are the women of Napa Valley. Jaime is the editor-in-chief of Wine Lover's Magazine, a single mother and caretaker to her senile mother-in-law ~ a woman who thinks her daily caregiver is Dean Martin. Jaime is still recovering, financially and emotionally from the death of her husband several years earlier. But when she finds what could be the key to happiness, can she open the door and let it in? Or will her feelings of guilt and betrayal hold her back? Danielle is a vinter and the divorced mom of two. She's basking in what she knows is going to be a successful launch of her new wines. Wines she created on her own after her divorce. But what she doesn't expect is for her daughter to come home with news that will shock her to her core. Will an old flame help her accept the changes that are coming and find the love she's been missing in her life for so long? Or will a tragedy that no one sees coming change the course of their lives forever? Kat is a sommelier, co-owner of a magnificent restaurant with her chef husband, and mother of a blended family. But is being deeply in love with your husband enough to get them through the teenage years, step-children and exes? And what happens when old faces return and she's faced with the knowledge that not everything is what you thought it was. What happens when she finds she was mad at the wrong person and finds out the "right one" was in the wrong? Can she forgive and move on? Can love overcome everything and truly bring a family together? Alyssa is an artist and gallery owner with a secret of her own. One she was hoping would stay buried deep in her closet. But the time has come for her to put someone else first, to face the past and to deal with her demons. What she never expected to find was love and her "home." No matter what is going on in their own lives, no matter the heartache or joy they're experiencing, these four women are always there to love, support and encourage each other. This book is a clear example of the power of friendship and how it can last throughout the years. You will laugh with them and you will cry with them. It's the story of true and lasting friendships. It's the type of friendships that every woman should experience and a story we can hopefully all relate to. A book that anyone with friends can not afford to not read.