Love and Happiness

Love and Happiness

by Ben Burgess Jr.

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ISBN-13: 9780988374546
Publisher: Benjamin Burgess Jr.
Publication date: 04/24/2015
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Love and Happiness 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
In the story of every relationship, they say there are three sides, his, hers and the truth. Ben Burgess Jr.’s Love and Happiness is a raw and brutally bold tale of a marriage gone wrong and how selfishness, deceit and infidelity can erode a marriage until it is nothing more than a congealing puddle of rancid sludge. How many times can a spouse forgive the sins of the other? How much blame should each share? Follow the journey of Karen and Chris as they travel the path to marital implosion, one brutal act at a time. She had it all, but it wasn’t enough. Karen needed more than one man to please her. She needed to feel worshiped; being tied to one man and her beautiful children was not enough. She wanted excitement, to live life on the edge, completely missing the point that she already had it all and with a little effort on her part, she could have even more with Chris. Chris was a dedicated father and husband, always working extra to provide for his family, thinking of their future, but he forgot the present, and had little energy for the wife he inadvertently took for granted, thinking he was “doing right by his family.” But secrets have a way of unraveling and betrayal is hard to overcome, especially when the betrayer refused to own the deeds. It takes two to love and it takes two to argue, but it took more than either had to give to discuss and repair their marriage. Is it possible that sometimes Cupid gets it wrong and there will be no happily ever after? Hang on tight, Ben Burgess Jr. is going to hit every pulse point you have, from the raw sexually scenes told with blunt frankness to the inner thoughts and perspectives of both Chris and Karen. Eye-opening, far too realistic in today’s society, Mr. Burgess tackles the death of another marriage with a clear-headed vision that will leave you reeling. Unafraid to give us characters to dislike far beyond just their actions, we are given both sides of a story, as well as being able to sense the skewed perspectives of the characters. Raw, gritty and from the gut, everyone will take something away from this tale, thanks to the ability of this author to connect soul-deep with his readers. I received this copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Brownstone_Book_Club_2011 More than 1 year ago
The title of this book says it all.... In reading the title my initial thoughts go to the ever popular song, Love and Happiness, by Al Green. Before reading it I'm thinking that this book is going to be about having both love and happiness as it pertains to marriage, and of course the author is going to throw in some cheating just to spice it up a little. Even in it's simplicity, Author Burgess does not disappoint. Although I found no surprises ...I had no 'I didn't see that Coming' moments, this book was very enjoyable and well written. The characters and their story lines were very clear. Starting with the main character Karen, she is a bit of a rebel completely opposite her husband Chris's character. While in college she's faced with the fact that he was going to end their relationship permanently due to her shenanigans and irresponsible free spirit. True to form she gets pregnant with twin girls to hold on to him. For me this sets the tone for the rest of the book... Chris's character is a all around good guy, responsible, upstanding guy and of course he does the honorable thing by marriaging Karen. Over the years they settle into married life with children. They're both in love with one another but for Karen her character is missing something, in which she goes looking for it by having multiple affairs with various men. The ultimate happens of course, Divorce. It happens not so much after the affairs are reviled to Chris but during their separation. One of Karen's vengeful lovers captures them in a sex tape and sends it to Chris. After they divorced and everything is said and done they eventually find their way to forgiveness and friendship towards one another. In the end they both not only find love again and get married to different people, but in these people they find their soul mates and that's where true love and happiness lives. Although this book was predictable, I found it to be quite endearing towards the end. Nicely written and a good read.... Tangela D. Fleming Brownstone Book Club Founder/President 4 Stars
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Sometimes love isn’t enough to make people happy. In Love and Happiness, like the title suggests, the plot focuses heavily on love, happiness, and what the characters must do in order to achieve both. Karen has it all: handsome husband, beautiful kids, lovely home, a great job. But unfortunately all of that isn’t enough to give her happiness. She’s secrety cheating on her husband, and not just with one man, but with two, Raheem and then Tyrell. She ends the affairs, growing afraid she might lose her husband. But when her secret is revealed and her husband, Chris, finds out, she must decide if she wants to fight for their marriage, and if she still loves her husband or not. Chris is struggling too. He tries to keep his family together because despite everything, he still loves Karen, but things aren’t what they once used to be. Can he trust her? Can they find love again? The book is told from the POV of both Chris and Karen to give us a full picture of their marriage and their issues. Especially Karen seemed to have a lot of those. It was hard to sympathize with her, and although I disliked her personality, I did like her as a character. If she hadn’t been as selfish and spoiled, the book wouldn’t have been the same, and unfortunately, there are way too many people out there who are exactly like Karen. It doesn’t often happen that the main character is described as the “villain”, but it works here. The moment I started reading, I couldn’t put this one down. It’s about more than romance – it’s about family, love, about changing and having to change, and about our neverending search for happiness, and how hard it is to find that at times. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
misscsolo More than 1 year ago
Love is a word that is thrown around a lot but when it is said, what is truly meant by it?  Are you just saying it because you feel that is the right thing to do or are you saying it because you have genuine feeling for that person?  Happiness is one of those feelings that is different for everyone.  According to the dictionary, happiness means:  a state of well-being and contentment, joy, a pleasurable or satisfying experience.  Different things and different events make people happy but are you truly happy or are you just skating by? Karen and Chris are college sweethearts that are the true meaning of opposites attract.  Karen is a party girl and Chris is more disciplined and laid back.  Through their differences and difficulties, they made it work into a beautiful marriage with two beautiful girls. When life really started to kick in and kick butt, the house became divided and started to grow distant.  How can you say that you love someone but you are not willing to fight for total happiness?  Is it more about total happiness or your happiness alone? Love & Happiness is a book about life lessons.  How you deal with the life that you are dealt and what you should do about it. This story is a great story regarding who you are and who you TRULY want to be.  The characters are so in tune with each other this novel could either be your own life or a movie.  You can totally relate to the life situations that are going on within this novel and you have a feeling of wanting to help the underdog but with the twists and turns ~ who is the real underdog?  I would highly recommend this novel, it is excellent reading for anyone who likes a good book.  It keeps you engrossed so you will not want to put it down until you find out what happens next!  Great job Ben Burgess Jr., continued success!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite In Love and Happiness by Ben Burgess Jr., can love conquer all or does the infidelity of a spouse kill the love in a relationship? From the outside, Karen has everything that anyone could desire. She has a handsome husband who loves her very much, she has beautiful daughters, and a really nice house seems just like icing on the cake. No one knows that she is actually cheating on her husband, and not with one man, but with two. She feels neglected, unloved and unappreciated. This is why she fell into an extramarital affair with Tyrell and Raheem.  She fears that these affairs will tear her family apart and break her marriage, so to avoid that she breaks off with those two men. Chris thought his life was perfect. He was madly in love with his wife, but then why did she cheat on him? When he finds out that Karen is cheating on him, he breaks down. But when a threat tries to tear their family apart, both of them are trying to figure out if they should stay together. Can Chris forgive her infidelity? Can Karen believe in her husband’s love? I have to tell you, I was not expecting Love and Happiness to be like this. I thought the novel would be filled with too much emotion and angst. Yes, there was a lot of emotion and angst, but it was just the right amount of it. It does not ruin the impact of the story, and what a beautiful story it is! Even though you will hate Karen so much, you will not be able to stop yourself feeling for her when you read more. And Chris is a really good man; he is generous and very kind. The novel is the perfect example of the importance of communication in marriage. I really enjoyed the novel! Good work!