How to Look Happy

How to Look Happy

by Stacey Wiedower


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How to Look Happy by Stacey Wiedower

From bestselling romantic comedy author Stacey Wiedower comes a story about finding love in the social media age...

Jen Dawson is an interior designer at the top of her game, with a job at the South's hottest design firm and a fiancé who's on the short list of the city's most eligible catches. But her perfectly designed plans for her life fall apart when her prima donna boss screws her over and her fiancé dumps her on the same day.

What's a self-respecting Southern girl to do? ... is what she should have asked. Instead, she drowns her troubles in cocktails and then adds trouble of her own by "drunkbooking" a Facebook status that gets her in more hot water at work. As her ex reappears at all the wrong times, Jen's flirtations heat up with all the wrong men-until she finds the one guy who makes her realize love just isn't something she can plan. And when she vows to set her life back on track and stage a comeback, Jen uncovers shady business at her design firm that could take down the entire operation ... and her, but only if she lets it.

The "Unlucky in Love" books:
30 First Dates
Now a Major Motion Picture
How to Look Happy

What critics are saying:

"I thoroughly enjoyed the story with all of its twists and turns, and I really connected with the author's writing. I can't wait to read her other novels and I highly recommend you get a copy of all of them for yourself too!"
-Living Life with Joy, 5 out of 5 stars!

"(30 First Dates) was so poignant and funny and true to life. It doesn't happen often that a book inspires me outside of the pages. I liked this book so much that I decided to make my own bucket list."
-The Bad Mommy Diaries, 5 out of 5 stars!

"I absolutely loved this book! Highly recommended!"
-Chicklit Club

"This is actually my first book from Stacey Wiedower but I sure hope it won't be the last! From the beginning I got caught up in the story. Overall, a super cute beach read!"
-Chick Lit Plus

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523257157
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/07/2016
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Stacey had barely blown out the candles on her 21st birthday cake when she took her first job as a reporter at a daily newspaper. She later followed her passion to interior design school and spent three years working at a firm with bizarre similarities to the set of Designing Women. Today she funnels that experience into her work as a full-time freelance writer, penning everything from magazine articles to website copy to a bi-weekly column called Inside Design. She also writes romantic comedy, and the zany characters she's met poke their heads into her stories from time to time. Stacey lives in Memphis, Tenn., with her husband, also a writer, and a son who's inherited their overactive imaginations.

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How to Look Happy 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Sibohan_Nightfire More than 1 year ago
This story reminds me you need to keep a smile on your face no matter how bad it gets. And it gets bad for our main character. She lives through it and so can we. Smile till it hurts...
charleneC More than 1 year ago
I received a copy for an honest review. I really enjoyed “How to Look Happy”. This is a mystery, suspense and romance. A grin and bear it story that has wonderful characters and a good storyline. love Jen! You will love this book! Kind of reminded me of my life, having to look happy all the time!
tjbg More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, I loved the characters and the fast pace!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is volume 3 in the Unlucky in Love series. It is the story of Jen Dawson. Jen is an interior designer who is on the fast track to success. She has a job at the best design firm in the city and a fiancé who is one of the most eligible bachelors in the city. She is surprised when her boss screws her over and her man dumps her on the same day. She doesn't think clearly after her world crashes down around her. She gets drunk and adds pain to her own misery when she posts a status on social media. Soon she finds herself in more hot water at work, her ex reappears when he should just disappear, and she uncovers shady business at work. Jen decides to make a comeback and get her life in order. She realizes that while she can put her life track, love is not something she can just plan. Loved Jen's finding out that she is in more control of her life than she realizes. I love how she deals with her boss, and her ex. I like how she comes into her own and finally starts enjoying life instead of planning it.
KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I’ve read in the Unlucky in Love series. (There are two previous books, 30 First Dates and Now a Major Motion Picture.) Although some of the characters tie in from previous books, this is definitely a series you don’t need to start from the beginning. But since I enjoyed this one so much, I think that you should. Wiedower’s previous work as an interior designer is really showcased in this book. It was neat getting a peek into the business side, and her descriptions of the rooms and furniture were marvelous. I really enjoy designing rooms, and if I didn’t currently work at a library, this is a profession that I might have pursued. Following along with Jen’s story and finding out which disaster in her life would take place next, kept me turning the page. Although Jen has a lot of not so great situations happen to her, she also has a lot of good things too. The balance between the good and bad made for a great read. If Jen just kept experiencing disaster after disaster, I think the book could have become very draining quickly. This is a wonderful chick lit book, with a touch of romance, and lots of great friendships. I highly recommend it, especially for a beach read. Or since it’s getting cold where I live, snuggled under a blanket with a cup of something warm.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite How to Look Happy (Unlucky in Love Book 3) by Stacy Wiedower is a romantic comedy. Jen Dawson is at the top, an interior designer with the best job in the world and a fiancé to die for. But everything goes wrong on one day. One single day where she loses her job and her fiancé. Instead of asking herself what she should do, she does what many would see as the answer – sinks a bucketful of cocktails and hits Facebook, landing herself in even more trouble. Her ex-fiancé seems to reappear just when she doesn’t want him. Jen throws herself at all the right men, who turn out to be all the wrong men, until she falls over the one man who throws her a real curve ball. Vowing to get back on track, Jen dives into work with a vengeance, only to discover that things aren’t all they seem to be. Will Jen succeed in bringing down her bosses? Can she survive the fallout? And will she ever find love with the right man again? How to Look Happy (Unlucky in Love Book 3) by Stacy Wiedower is a bit of everything. As well as being a thumping good read, it combines fun with disaster, friendship, laughter, and tears all at the same time. The story was incredibly engaging, to the point where it was actually compulsive reading. The characters are very well developed and I found myself laughing, crying, wincing and holding my breath along with them. Ms Wiedower has a way of writing that you can’t help but admire. Her descriptions are vivid enough to make it all so real, yet not so vivid that there is nothing left to the imagination. Buckle up, readers, and get ready for the best roller coaster ride of your life!
HelloChickLit More than 1 year ago
This book started out with the drama and fun that one needs to grab a hold of a reader. Not only does Jen have a boss from hell, she loses her biggest account, she gets wasted worrying about it, her fiance dumps her and drunk Facebooking gets the best of her, ALL in the first chapter! I swear each chapter brought on more ‘oh my god, this girl never gets a break’ from me. But it wasn’t too much. This was the first book of Stacey’s that I’ve read and it didn’t disappoint. True to the ‘chicklit’ genre this book is full of laughs, ‘oh-no’s’ and gorgeous men to fall for. Her friends are characters you’ll love and the men in her life you’ll have a hard time choosing between. 3rd in a series, but I read it as a stand alone and didn’t feel like I was missing anything at all. In fact I’ll now go back and read the previous 2 books just because I loved this one. I’m a sucker for anything interior design so I was SO pleased to read that Jen’s an interior designer. One of the best in her firm, and her one saving grace in life is her job, well, most parts of her job. Her boss is a nightmare with secretive ways that no one can figure out. I definitely wouldn’t want to work for this lady. Her co-workers add to her job as well, I loved them all! I gave this book 4 coffees. This book is set in the South!! I LOVE the south… lived there for awhile and it’s spot on. The references to a southern lady are great and completely relate-able if you’v ever spent time there. I can’t count how many times I laughed out loud while reading this. Stacey knows how to create an uncomfortable and sometimes mortifying situation. The social media part of the book makes this even better. I’m SO glad I dated BEFORE it could be captured on the internet for all to see. I can picture myself in this situation had there been cell phones in the mid 90’s like there are today. What I Loved: -A few things, the interior design career, the social media troubles and that it’s set in the south. All things I enjoy. -That this book started out with a bang! I love when an author can grab you attention easily and make you read without a break until the last page. Stacey does this perfectly. What I didn’t Love: -That I’m going to have to go get the other two books and add to my never-ending TBR pile!! (this isn’t bad) What I thought of the Cover: -Super cute cover, completely fitting of the story and genre. I’d grab it off a shelf and check it out for sure. My Conclusion: I truly enjoyed this book. I read it in one night and Stacey’s writing made it super easy to tune out the kids and pet and just read. It’s a great vacation read, even if it’s only a vacation on your couch. This definitely wasn’t the first and last Stacey Wiedower book I’ll read. I’m a fan now. Stacey is a great writer of the classic chick lit where girl is on the hunt for romance without even really realizing it, all while feeling like her life is on the way into the pit of doom. Her characters are lovable, and fun and it makes for a great overall story. Stacey is such a sweet lady that it only added to the book knowing what kind of person wrote it! I think that always makes a book better when you’ve spoke to an author and you liked them!! You won’t regret buying and reading this book (and the others in the series as well I’m sure). So run out and grab it!! for more info check out
Lacey623 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed “How To Look Happy”. It’s a mixture of friendship, a bit of mystery, a bit of suspense, romance but a true coming of “age” and of awakening. Jen structures her life at a very early age, like so many people I personally know. She thinks she knows what she wants and how her life will end up. She’s not very good at taking chances, going with the flow or change but in many cases life happens and the choices aren’t hers to make. Spontaneity isn’t really her forte but life has an alternate plan for Jen. Jen’s life is complicated but does she get in her own way and make it even more complicated? In “How To Look Happy”, the reader is taken on a journey and introduced to some very real and likable characters and some not so likable. Her best friend Carrie is the voice of reason and wisdom for her and thank goodness Carrie is there. I could relate to parts of “How To Look Happy” because I too had not realized my full potential and outstanding attributes. People can intentionally make you doubt your worth as demonstrated in this book. I hope there’s a sequel to “How To Look Happy”. I’d like to continue Jen’s journey and see how she makes out. I read “How To Look Happy” any and every chance I got while on vacation. I also like that Stacey Wiedower developed this character from a minor character in another book. I’ve read other books written by her and have been just as entertained.
tiltron More than 1 year ago
This is a fun story of a lady interior decorators good (and bad) adventures in her business and personal life. The author keeps the reader feeling as if they are participating in the adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This amazing book is filled with many twists and turns that keep you turning pages to see what will happen next.