by Sarah Dunn
Holly Frick has just endured the worst kind of breakup: the kind where you're still in love with the person leaving you. While Holly's wounds are still dangerously close to the surface, her happily married best friend confesses over a bottle of wine that she is this close to having an affair. And another woman asks Holly for advice about her love life - with one of Holly's exes!First Sentence:
Holly decides that if everyone around her can take pleasure wherever they find it, so will she. Any self-respecting thirtyish New York woman would do, she brings two males into her life: a flawed but endearing dog and a good-natured, much younger lover. She's soon entangled in a web of emails, chance meetings, and misguided good intentions and must forge an entirely new path to Nirvana.
From the author of The Big Love, Secrets to Happiness is a bighearted, knife-sharp, hilariously entertaining story about the perils of love and friendship, sex and betrayal - and a thoroughly modern take on our perpetual struggle to be happy.
"Do you want to know the secret to a happy marriage?"
When I first started the book I didn't think that I was going to enjoy it because there are so many different characters that you have to follow, but I am glad that I stuck it through because I grew to love most of them and hate a couple of the others. However it was still a little hard to remember some of them, it would mention someone and it took a while to figure out who they were referring to.
I do love Sarah's writing style. It was very easy to relate to all of the characters, mostly because between all of them there was every type of relationship and the problems that come along with them represented. I also liked the fact that even though the relationships were kind of generic, Sarah was still able to through a lot of twists into the story that I wasn't expecting.
My absolute favorite thing about Secrets to Happiness is the fact that the main character, Holly Frick, is a novelist. This allows for many book related thoughts which leads to amazing quotes like the ones below. :)
"I can't help it if I find money interesting. That's why I like Victorian novels. Trollope always tells you exactly how much money everybody has. It makes everything clear." Holly reached for her menu and then said quietly, almost to herself, "In real life, I never have any idea what the hells going on."
The nice thing about dating a novelist is, they come with a manual.
Title: Secrets to Happiness
Author: Sarah Dunn
Hardcover: 400 pages
ISBN 10: 0743298926ISBN 13: 978-0743298926
Buy It: Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble
Review Number: 15
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Thanks to Miriam of Early Bird Blog Tours at Hachette Book Group , I have received a second copy to giveaway. Unfortunately, according to Hachette rules the winner must have a valid U.S. or Canadian mailing address (no PO boxes). The contest will run from June 12th to June 19th, 2009. The winner will be chosen by random.org and will be notified by email.
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