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Happy People Read and Drink Coffee Paperback – 2 Mar 2017

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; Main edition (2 Mar. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1760291714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1760291716
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Profoundly moving and expertly told, Happy People confronts life's most nightmarish tragedy with an unblinking examination... The wisdom and magic in these pages will linger long after the book is closed. -- Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author This feelgood novel will warm up a cold winter's day. Marie Claire (Australia)

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At once heartbreaking and uplifting, Happy People Read and Drink Coffee is a deeply felt reminder that love remembered is love enduring. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This is a terrible book - I fail to understand how it can possibly have become an 'international best seller'. There is the weakest of narrative which doesn't at any point explain how a French woman from Paris can move to rural Ireland and understand an Irish brogue instantly.
It is ludicrous, appalling written, implausible and all together dreadful.
I read a few unfavourable reviews but went ahead and bought the book anyway. If you read this review, take my advice and don't buy it.
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Liked the depth of Diane's character and understanding of her grief. Edwards character also real. Looking for a sequel to expand upon the future
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This was a short emotional read. Diane is a wreck, it has been a year since she lost her husband and child. Her business, a cafe'-bookstore is falling to pieces (yes maybe not trust your partner to hold the reins). But then again she does not care about anything. And I understand, her life fell to pieces. It's hard to pick yourself up again and start living.

So she goes to Ireland. Awww, awesome choice there. I would love to visit Ireland and it was amusing when she saw the differences between Parisians and the Irish. Also she sure felt French with her love of ciggies, and thinking of wine.

The book is her trying to live again, to find the will to live and it really is about her. Yes she meets other people, but this is someone who is trying to find something inside of herself that tells her that life can be worth living.

The blurb tells about a man, and yes there is an annoying man that she gets to know. But this is not a romance, and do not expect a romance. A man can not cure something she has to find out for herself. New love is not always the answer to everything. Life is not always that simple. But it was a nice turn of events cos that man was grumpy! So very grumpy, and his grumpiness makes her mad. And any feeling at this point is a good feeling.

Conclusion:
It was short and nice. I enjoyed it.
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Format: Hardcover
I can't believe this is an international bestseller. Perhaps a lot is lost in translation. The main character, Diane, is French but comes across as a chain smoking American. There is virtually nothing French about the novel (although of course it is originally French) apart from the huge numbers of cigarettes consumed. I had hoped there would be descriptions of the Paris I know but the scene quickly moves to Ireland. I didn't find the characters were authentic; I didn't care about them and I didn't think it was well written. Perhaps better to read in French. Sorry.
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When I saw the title on netgalley I was instantly drawn in and the blurb sounded ok so although I'd never heard of the author I thought I'd give it a go.
Although the story was enjoyable and heart wrenching in places I'm not sure I was fully invested in the characters lives. Even though it finished in a reasonable fashion it has been left open enough for a sequel which I've learnt is due out in 2017
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