Many congratulations to Pippa James on the publication of ‘The Happiness Project’. Today is the first day of the tour and I am delighted to be kicking it off with a review. Thank you to Bookouture for both the tour invite and ARC.
Alison’s perfect world has fallen apart. Her beloved larger than life mother-in-law, Maggie, has just passed away. Every afternoon they’d talk and laugh over a pot of tea – and Maggie was secretly the glue that held Alison’s family together. Now she’s trying to figure out a future without her…
With a little help from her two best friends, Alison resolves to try and find her happy place and be more Maggie. Vowing to step outside of their comfort zones and make the most of every day, the three women each have their own challenges to overcome in the year ahead – a baby on the way, a romance to save and a much-needed confidence boost.
But as Alison finds herself drinking more wine than she ever has in her life and signing up for an extreme sports charity event, she starts to wonder if this is really the change she needed in her life? Or will she re-discover her happiness closer to home?
What does TWG think?
We are back with Frankie, Alison and Kate for another relatable tale about motherhood and regaining your confidence after a baby. ‘The Happiness Project’ is the second book in the series and, if you haven’t read the first book, ‘I Will Survive’, don’t worry too much as each one can be read as a stand-alone.
Out of the two books I think this one has to be my favourite because the vibe was more relaxed and less forced. I will admit that I wasn’t too sure of the storyline to begin with as I couldn’t work out what was happening in amongst the whinging between characters, however as the story progressed the main characters seemed to relax a bit more and I found myself giggling at the one liners more often than not.
It was great to see a different side to Alison, especially as she was thought of as the ‘up her own backside’ one who was ‘practically perfect in every way’. Of course that wasn’t the case as she was just organised and thought a lot about what people thought of her and her choices.
All in all, ‘The Happiness Project’ left me with a big smile on my face. The way in which certain characters came together at the end just made me feel as though I was on a cloud. Sometimes, even though you may be annoyed at something someone has done or what they’ve said, you end up realising that being the bigger person is more advantageous to your own mental health. I thought the way in which Kate stood up for her choices whilst pregnant (finally) was brilliant and it just highlighted how different everyone is, which of course isn’t bad at all.
An uplifting, sitting on a cloud read which made me giggle many times.
About the author.
Growing up in Birmingham, Pippa James was never without at least one book on the go and therefore lived several different lives concurrently. As an adult, she would like to spend much of her time the same way, but she now lives a chaotic life in a small Derbyshire town with her husband and two children. Her writing is frequently interrupted by parenting duties and her day job as a teacher and the only way she can find a quiet space to think, is by taking her laptop to the pub to drink tea and write, which she does at every opportunity.
You can follow Pippa on Twitter @PippaJamesBooks or Facebook.com/PippaJamesAuthor