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Happy People Read and Drink Coffee Paperback – 2 Mar 2017
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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) *
At once heartbreaking and uplifting, Happy People Read and Drink Coffee is a deeply felt reminder that love remembered is love enduring.See all Product description
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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.
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.
It was short and nice. I enjoyed it.
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
Happy People Read and Drink Coffee tells the emotional story of Diane’s grief and recovery and her relationship with Edward, but somehow it didn’t touch me in the way I expected. I wonder if there may be more affecting prose in the original French. I found the dialogue quite script like and would have liked more description to get a sense of place more thoroughly. I also found the use of semi-colons peculiarly distracting.
I didn’t warm to Diane despite her grief and I think this says more about me as a reader than it does of the quality of the writing. Diane smokes continuously, as do Edward and Felix and I abhor smoking with a passion so I think I had slightly detached myself from the read as a result.
Edward is very reminiscent of Edward Rochester with his taciturn personality and even his dog, Postman Pat, is huge like Rochester’s Pilot. He’s certainly the mean and moody type but I wasn’t convinced that every disagreement had to be settled by violence. I would have liked greater depth to the characterisation and more exploration of the psyches presented.
It sounds as if I didn’t enjoy Happy People Read and Drink Coffee and I did. I think it just didn’t quite meet my expectations, feeling more like a Young Adult novel to me and perhaps I ought to have approached it more that way as a reader.
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