The Secret of Happy Ever After

The Secret of Happy Ever After

by Lucy Dillon

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ISBN-13: 9780425261118
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 872,321
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

 Lucy Dillon is the author of Walking Back to Happiness and Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts.

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“Nostalgic, heart-warming and honest, this is a tale of love and friendship at its very best.”—Press Association (UK)

“Lucy Dillon's voice is gentle and kind throughout...perceptive and well handled. A heart-warming piece of escapism for long winter nights.”—Red Magazine

“A modern fairy tale for grown-ups.”—The Sun (UK)

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Secret of Happy Ever After 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
yayajencz More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and I am excited to read Lucy Dillon's other novels.  Anna's love of books and reading reminded me of myself and I particularly enjoyed her passionate recommendations of books for others to read. Absolutely delightful read!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Okay so, so many thoughts about this one. First off, found out about this while browsing through GR. So thank you for the suggestion for book related books about....books. And the summary had me at: bookshop. So of course this would be my kind of read right? Well, let's just say I was surprised with this one. You have two different women, Michelle a businesswoman who starts a shop called Home Sweet Home and then the shop next door which was already a bookshop. She then has the book shop running again and appoints her new friend Anna as manager. It helps that Anna is a bookworm through and through. As the story goes along, the both of them have their own stuff their dealing with in their everyday lives. I thought the tone would be somewhat lighthearted with some drama thrown in. But I was surprised where it was vice versa. You really feel for the two ladies. While I was annoyed in some moments, especially Phil, you get at least what he's going through. Not exactly but he has his reasons. Anyway, dogs Pongo and Tavish sound freaking adorable. And of course love, LOVE, the book title references. Especially the list of books at the end. I recognize some, read some and some I never heard of. I also thought I was going to like reading about Anna and the bookshop. But found myself wanting to read more about Michelle and of course Rory. And yes Anna and her at the bookshop mostly. I mean who couldn't relate with Anna and her love of books, having it be a dream come true to run her own bookshop? Who doesn't love those places, from the small shops to bigger shops. Something about shelves lined with books you know? Anyway, this was a surprising but good read to just take your time with.
Lynda-Lee47 More than 1 year ago
Good read . Friendship between two people by accident. Family orientated story that has a twist that you don't expect. expect
CookieDemon on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I've never read one of Lucy Dillon's novels before, but I was swayed by the dreamy, fairytale-like quality of this front cover and the other great reviews for this book on here. I'm so glad I started with this book- and I will definitely be looking to read her others at some point soon because this was a fabulous read- full of characters you can care about and a really charming storyline.Set in the small town of Longhampton (which has apparently featured in Dillon's books before), we meet Michelle- new to the town after her recent divorce and determined to set up a homeware/interiors shop in the abandoned fishmongers. Michelle is a character full of determination and organised beyond belief. She encounters Anna whilst the other woman is out walking her stepdaughters' dog, Pongo (he escapes into a café and snarfs up her carrot cake!) and the two of them click instantly. Anna by contrast, is struggling with her role as stepmother and is a bit of a downtrodden doormat. When Michelle takes on the lease for the abandoned bookshop next door to her own shop premises and hires Anna as the manager, that's when the real magic (and romance) begins to happen...I have to say that at first I wasn't sure if I was going to like Anna very much. She did come across as a little bit `woe is me' and so completely lacklustre in the first few chapters particularly in contrast to assertive, independent Michelle who I liked instantly. I also wasn't particularly eager to read about Anna's husband Phil or her horrible sounding stepdaughters (especially Chloe)! Eventually I found myself warming to Anna though- after all, she loves books! She wants everyone to love books and reading (I can emphasise with that). The secondary characters are also very well drawn- I really liked geeky Rory and the interesting dynamics going on between he and Michelle. All in all, by the time I'd finished this book I wished I could go to Longhampton myself!The writing of this story flows beautifully overall- the author cleverly references other books throughout and conjures up memories associated with characters own experiences of reading them- as well as bookish references at the top of every chapter from them too. I think I will be going back and re-reading some of my childhood favourites after this actually! A few things did irritate me though, which is what has stopped me from giving it the full five stars- basically I just don't understand how sometimes grown women can't stand up for themselves properly- Michelle with her mother and her ex-husband and Anna telling her bratty stepdaughter to shove it and telling her husband what she really wanted out of life! It annoyed me a bit and this happened a lot in the text.I would recommend you give this story a go if you enjoy contemporary romantic fiction with characters who are believable and likeable. It was a really heart-warming, girly read. Definitely one I'll be passing on to my female friends. *This review also appears on Amazon.co.uk*
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