Happy People Read and Drink Coffee

Happy People Read and Drink Coffee

by Agnes Martin-Lugand


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The international phenomenon described as Under the Tuscan Sun set in Ireland, about a recent widow who moves to the Irish coast and begins a tumultuous but ultimately healing relationship with her neighbor, a brooding Irish photographer. Also out now: the bestselling sequel, Don't Worry, Life is Easy, also from Hachette Books.

Diane seems to have the perfect life. She is a wife, mother, and the owner of Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, a cozy literary café in Paris. But when she suddenly loses her husband and daughter in a car accident, the world as she knows it disappears.

One year later, Diane moves to a small town on the Irish coast, determined to heal by rebuilding her life alone-until she meets Edward, a handsome and moody photographer, and falls into a surprising and tumultuous romance.

But will it last when Diane leaves Ireland for good? At once heartbreaking and uplifting, Diane's story is deeply felt, reminding us that love remembered is love enduring.

"A heartbreaking story of love and loss that will twist readers up in knots...essential." -Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602862845
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 719,682
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

After six years as a clinical psychologist, Agnès Martin-Lugand now devotes herself to writing full-time. She is also the author of Happiness Slips Through My Fingers ( Entre mes mains le bonheur se faufile) and the sequel to Happy People, Don't Worry, Life Is Easy ( La vie est facile, ne t'inquiète pas).

Sandra Smith is a critically acclaimed translator of French literature. She has previously worked on Suite Française and subsequent novels by Irène Némirovsky, as well as a new translation of The Outsider by Albert Camus.

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Happy People Read and Drink Coffee 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
Loved the title and the cover, I wanted to like this book, but it seemed to move very slowly, and I never really came to love the main character. I found it slow going, and I finally skipped to the end to see how it all got tied up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, quick read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed my time with this story. Felt the characters journeys.
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KateUnger More than 1 year ago
The title of this book appealed to me, even though I don't drink coffee. The blurb hooked me when it mentioned that the main character owns a literary cafe. Unfortunately, I didn't really pay attention to the rest of the description, which goes on to state clearly that Diane leaves Paris (and her bookstore) to go to Ireland for the majority of the book. I was hoping for fun bookstore references, and instead I got a grieving woman, which if you know me, you know I also kind of love. But this book didn't work for me at all. Diane's husband and young daughter were killed in a car accident one year before the start of this novel. Diane hasn't really left the house since. Her best friend, Felix, is left managing the bookstore and trying to coax Diane back to the land of the living. Even the one year anniversary visit to Colin and Clara's graves can't do it. Then Felix suggests they do on a trip together. Instead, Diane plots to go to Ireland (somewhere Colin always wanted to go) alone. This all seemed good in theory for me, but the writing was very choppy. It jumps around between past and present a lot in the beginning, which was quite confusing. Then later on the timeline progresses forward in a very disjointed way. It was almost more like a string of scenes versus a cohesive story line. Once Diane gets to Ireland, there is an almost Darcy-ish romance with her very dark and moody neighbor, Edward. Only he wasn't as charming as Mr. Darcy, and the relationship was rather unhealthy in my opinion. I wanted to want them to get together, but I just couldn't. The ending is rather abrupt and unresolved (apparently there's going to be sequel). This book was originally published in French, but I don't think it was the translation that I had an issue with. I was able to look past the grammatical errors because I read an eARC. I think it was more that the writing was flawed. It was kind of emotionless and ultimately too all-over-the-place for me. http://www.momsradius.com/2016/05/book-review-happy-people-read-and-drink.html
bookmon1 More than 1 year ago
Review of HAPPY PEOPLE READ AND DRINK COFFEE by Agnes Martin-Lugand How would you react if in one tragic minute you lost your beloved husband and daughter? Of course, you would be devastated. Diane becomes a total recluse and might have even died, but for her best friend, Felix, who is running her literary cafe’ for her. He tries to support her with food and comfort, but she cannot move on. A year after the accident that killed her family, Diane decides to move to an isolated village in Ireland, so she can get away from all the sad reminders of her past life. She has a charming landlady, but her next door neighbor, Edward, is abrasive and seems to want to be left alone as much as Diane does. Slowly, they both come to care for each other, but can romance endure after Diane returns to her life in Paris? Although HAPPY PEOPLE READ AND DRINK COFFEE was originally written in French, translator Sandra Smith has done a masterful job and the novel reads smoothly. The author has written a story with universal themes of grief and love to which all readers can relate. The only thing that seemed stereotypical of the French is the large amount of smoking. The ending is not wrapped up on a neat bow because a sequel is to be published in 2017. I look forward to that, as well as a possible movie version in the future. I wish all the best to author, Agnes Martin-Lugand in her writing career. Her background as a clinical psychologist serves her well to create characters that are authentic and tug at our heartstrings.