Blog Tour Review: The Happiness Project

Posted 14th February 2019 by Emma in Blog Tours, Reviews / 0 Comments

Blog Tour Review: The Happiness Project

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour Review: The Happiness ProjectThe Happiness Project by Pippa James
Also by this author: I Will Survive
Published by Bookouture on 12th February 2019
Genres: Chicklit, Contemporary, Women's Literary Fiction
Pages: 343
Format: eARC
Source: from Netgalley
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Prepare to be captivated by one of the most poignant and uplifting books you will read this year, perfect for readers who loved One Day in December and The Keeper of Lost Things. 

1) Exercise more 
2) Eat healthily 
3) Learn how to live again… 

Forty-year-old Alison Lund has always carefully planned everything in her well-ordered life, from colour co-ordinating her beautiful house to persuading her excitable son Alexander that sticker charts are more fun than misbehaving. But Alison’s perfect world has just fallen apart… 

Her head is left spinning when her beloved larger than life mother-in-law, Maggie, passes away and Alison is left heartbroken. Every afternoon they’d talk and laugh over a pot of tea, she was the glue that kept Alison together through the first few tough years of motherhood. And now Alison is trying to figure out a future without her. 

With a little help from her two best friends, Alison resolves to be more Maggie. After an emotional New Year’s Eve get together, the three women create a happiness project, challenging themselves to step outside their comfort zones and make the most of every single day. 

Daring to do things differently, can Alison learn to live more spontaneously and find happiness along the way? Or will letting go be harder than she ever imagined? 

Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this tour. I recently read I Will Survive and really enjoyed it so I was excited to return to these characters.

The story is set a few months after the end of I Will Survive. Alison decides that the three of them, herself, Kate and Frankie, need new years resolutions which she titles their Happiness Project. Kate wants to be more Zen for her third pregnancy, Frankie wants to be, well be a real grown up I guess and Alison wants to exercise more, eat healthily and learn how to live again.

Much like the first book this story is peppered with funny moments, PTA politics and real mum problems. Pippa manages to both tell a realistic and heartwarming story while making you laugh through some of the pain of losing a loved one.

It was a joy to return to these characters. This is a light, easy read that was perfect to curl up with on these cold miserable nights. I look forward to seeing what Pippa will bring us in the future.

About Pippa James

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.


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