It has been 24 hours since Melissa Baldwin’s latest novel ‘Not Quite Sheer Happiness’ was released to the adoring public! I had the deadline of reading the book by the end of the month (thank you to Karan for giving me the ARC!), however, I didn’t do that, obviously, seeing as it’s only the 9th! I read 12 chapters of the book in under an hour and thought it would be rude to not finish it! (I finished it within a couple of hours.) -hands head in shame- I hadn’t read any of Melissa’s books until this one -sniff- and it is safe to say that I trawled goodreads last night and put her other books on my ‘want to read’ shelf. You’re probably wondering why I’m rambling still, don’t worry though, I always do this because I know you’re probably laughing (ego boost 😉 ).
Let’s get back to the book, want to know a teaser aka the blurb? Of course you do!
‘Sienna Harris is back and appears to be on top of the world! Her company, Sheer Happiness Events, is booming, but personally she’s a mess. She never imagined that with amazing success would come tremendous pressure. Although her professional life seems in disarray at times, her relationship with the dashing Ace Eckelund is finally progressing.
Friendships are tested and so is her relationship when—once again—the past collides with the present. Sienna begins to question everything in her life and wonders if she should throw out her desire for constant certainty and live life on the edge for once. But, will she be able to change the person she has always been for who she wants to become?
Find out in this captivating third instalment of The Event to Remember series.’
‘Not Quite Sheer Happiness’ can be read as a standalone so you don’t have to read the previous two books in the series. However, I would recommend that you do so, unless you’re going to go buy them after you have a book hangover with the third book….like I did.
Sienna is such a lost soul. She wants to be happy but she can’t quite let her guard down enough to be able to give herself the happiness she deserves. But why? What has caused Sienna to question her life and other people’s motives? One word – past. Who has ever been in a situation in their life where their past begins to ruin the present and possibly the future? Some might say it only gets ruined if you let it. Or, some might say that if you’ve been hurt rather badly in the past, it can take time to rebuild yourself ready for the future.
When I started to get to know Sienna’s personality and her little quirks, I found myself nodding along to everything she said, like worrying that something is going to stuff things up for her if she’s happy. Or that she’s paranoid about her new relationship because of the old one. I’ve been there multiple times, I can relate to Sienna. To be honest, Sienna is pretty much me. I would say Melissa did that on purpose but I didn’t know her, wahhhhhhh. I love the way Melissa has written Sienna’s character because she has the likeability factor and she goes out of her way to please everyone else even if that means it makes her slightly naïve. Most of the characters I warmed to quite quickly, except one. I didn’t like her, pompous so and so! (I’m not going to tell you which one, spoilers and all that 😉 ). It’s not anything against Melissa’s writing because the character was on point in general, I just took an instant dislike to her as if she were a real person haha.
This novel is full of drama from start to finish, and it is brilliant! There is always something going on, arguments, mishaps, tears, everything! Now add all the drama to hilarity and romance. What do you think you might end up with? That’s right, a book that make you feel like you’ve lost a friend when its finished. As you read at the beginning of the blog, I couldn’t put the book down. Everything flowed, there was never a dull moment within the story and quite a few laugh out loud moments.
Amongst all the giggles and tantrums over decorations, I did read between the lines a little bit and came across a little hidden message. If you’ve read my other blogs, you’ll be well aware that I like to find hidden messages in books that I read, and this book was certainly no different. Not Quite Sheer Happiness taught me that every once in a while you need to follow your heart and do something YOU want to do without concerning yourself with other people’s opinions on the matter. Just go for it, let your hair down and make yourself happy instead of every other person in your life.
I absolutely loved the book from start to finish and I was extremely gutted that it ended because of its sheer brilliance. Melissa Baldwin is a truly talented writer and I regret not finding her books sooner. Not Quite Sheer Happiness is a hug in a book. A feel good, relatable and loving story that will make you want more, because I definitely do. Amazing book, definitely sheer happiness.