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Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center
Genre: Women’s Fiction | 352 Pages | Published: 09.01.2020 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Book Jacket Synopsis:
From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away and Things You Save in a Fire
Helen Carpenter can’t quite seem to bounce back. Newly divorced at thirty-two, her life has fallen apart beyond her ability to put it together again. So when her annoying younger brother, Duncan, convinces her to sign up for a hardcore wilderness survival course in the backwoods of Wyoming―she hopes it’ll be exactly what she needs.
Instead, it’s a disaster. It’s nothing like she wants, or expects, or anticipates. She doesn’t anticipate the surprise summer blizzard, for example―or the blisters, or the rutting elk, or the mean pack of sorority girls. And she especially doesn’t anticipate that her annoying brother’s even-more-annoying best friend, Jake, will show up for the exact same course―and distract her, derail her, and . . . kiss her.
But it turns out sometimes disaster can teach you exactly the things you need to learn. Like how to keep going, even when you think you can’t. How being scared can make you brave. And how sometimes getting really, really lost is your only hope of getting found.
Happiness for Beginners is Katherine Center at her most heart-warming, captivating best―a nourishing, page-turning, up-all-night read about how to get back up. It’s a story that looks at how our struggles lead us to our strengths. How love is always worth it. And how the more good things we look for, the more we find.
Purchase link: Amazon
Book Format & Source: Audiobook via Libby
Review & Thoughts:
- I love Katherine Center’s writing style! This had an interesting storyline.
- I loved the wilderness trip and the character’s determination to try something new. This story was ‘on-brand’ for the author and included difficult themes and situations, overcoming obstacles, and ultimately it was about finding joy and happiness.
- Focus on the importance of not dwelling on the bad and focusing on the good.
- There was a really great soundbite at the end about what we remember in life that really struck me. Life is always going to be filled with difficult times of trouble and wonderful times and it’s so important to focus on the good things in life.
- Favorite quote: The things we remember are the things we hold onto.
Recommend for: lovers of Katherine Center, women’s fiction, and stories about experiencing new things that make you happy and bring you joy.
My Review Rating: ♥♥♥♥.5 – I really enjoyed this!
Romance Steam Factor: PG
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