A woman returns home to hide from her past mistakes and discovers one more chance at happiness.
Sandra Hurst has left her husband. Again. After dropping out of college to marry Trent, divorcing him, then remarrying him, she’s shown up on her parents’ doorstep nursing her wounds. But her parents refuse to help this time—emotionally or financially.
Desperate to earn money and determined to start over, she accepts an offer from her aunt to house-sit at the old family home, Cub Creek, in ruggedly beautiful rural Virginia. But when Sandra arrives, she finds the house has grown shabby, her aunt’s dog is missing, and the garden is woefully overgrown. And she suspects her almost-ex-husband is on her trail.
As she begins to settle into the familiar homestead, powerful secrets and hurtful memories are unearthed. But Sandra discovers that to move on from the pain of her past, she must embrace the beauty of her future. Getting back to her roots—with a little help from her handsome new neighbor Colton and his son; her aunt’s devoted dog, Honey; and a lush garden on the brink of either failing or flourishing—may be just what Sandra needs. And this final chance could lead to regaining her self-respect, making peace with her family, discovering what she’s truly made of…and becoming the woman she was always meant to be. And along the way, she just might find a bit of happiness in each day.
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About the Author
Grace Greene is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance set in the bucolic reaches of her native Virginia (Kincaid’s Hope, Cub Creek) and the breezy beaches of Emerald Isle, North Carolina (Beach Rental, Beach Winds). Her debut novel, Beach Rental, and the sequel, Beach Winds, were both Top Picks by RT Book Reviews magazine. For more about the author and her books, visit www.gracegreene.com or connect with her on Twitter at @Grace_Greene and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GraceGreeneBooks.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This was my first book by Greene, and it was such a treat to read. I went into it expecting women's fiction with some emotional twists, but was not expecting such extreme emotional peaks and valleys. It was such a heartfelt story of a woman trying to get herself out of a bad situation, trying to make the right choices to get her life back. I appreciated that her relationships with her family and friends were all different, that she wasn't getting the same reactions from everyone. It made the story feel real and kept me wondering how it would play out. Sandra is a character I'll be thinking about the a long time.
THOUGHT PROVOKING!! The Happiness in Between is the coming of age story of Cassandra Hurst, only she does so at a much later age than most people. It is a painful journey with light at the end of the tunnel. Cassandra is introduced to us as she enters her parents' home after fleeing her crazy, super controlling husband in the middle of the night. Greene leads us on Cassandra's journey of self-discovery and if we are honest, we may see some of the insecurities we have struggled with in our own lives. She moves to her Aunt's (the old Family Home Place) to house & dog sit. It is there she begins to find healing for herself and discover answers to many questions about her family. She learns the importance of friendship, community, compassion and the importance of family.
Happiness In Between is an intriguing, thoughtful, and emotionally charged story. I loved it. Thirty-year-old Sandra Hurst decided that she was done taking abuse from her husband. She needed to divorce the bully; for the second time. Sandra’s self-esteem was at an all-time low. Her biggest heartache, though, after fleeing her husband, was not the loss of her marriage, but the cool reception that she received from her mother. Her mother made it abundantly clear to her that she was not going to help Sandra with her second divorce. Sandra was also upset when her mother told her that they were moving to Florida. Sandra understood her mother’s reasoning for wanting to move. Sandra’s father had Alzheimer's disease, and her mother wanted him to enjoy Florida, while he still could. But, the fact, that Sandra wasn’t welcome to join them, hurt. She needed her mother now more than ever. I didn't care for Sandra's mother. She seemed too cold and uncaring towards her daughter. But, in reality, she helped Sandra. Because, Sandra had to find a way, to succeed, she was forced out of the victim role, and as a result found happiness. Sandra gained confidence in herself and was able to not only stand up to her estranged husband, but she also began making positive plans for her future. Although tough love is always painful, it is often harder for the parent. True love does what’s best for another, not what’s easier. This story kept me captivated from the beginning until the very end. It’s well-written, engrossing and definitely worth your time. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
Sandra has left her emotionally abusive husband again and returned home to her parents. But sadly her parents are moving to Florida. Her mom suggests for Sandra to go and house sit for her aunt and take care of her aunt's dog Honey. Sandra goes to her aunt's and begins to heal from her marriage. She makes friends with her neighbor Colton and his son Aaron. Trent follows her to her aunt's and starts harassing Sandra. Sandra needs to learn she is stronger than she thinks she is and can take care of herself. As Sandra realizes this her life becomes better. This was very good book and is a story of family love, redemption and second chances. Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book.