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The Forgotten Guide to Happiness

by Sophie Jenkins

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel eBooks of the Month Family Drama Humour (fiction) Relationship Stories Sagas and Romance

LoveReading View on The Forgotten Guide to Happiness

Absolutely and completely adorable, this all embracing story will break, mend, and fill hearts with warmth, humour and love. Lana is bitter after her break-up and pours her angst into her new book, while much admired author Nancy often finds dementia leaves her in a confusing world. Jack acts as matchmaker with Lana and Nancy and they find their lives forever altered. The main characters light up the pages, Nancy in particular has taken up residence in my heart and soul. Sophie Jenkins has the most beautifully light and thoughtful touch, little bits of heartache sit right next door to gulps of laughter, while gorgeous literary snippets and references sprinkle the pages. As I finished reading, I actually said out loud “I blimmin love this book” and gave it a hug (it was witnessed, I got a couple of strange looks, but hey ho). Sophie Jenkins has written a relationship tale for book lovers of all kinds, for people who love hope and even need hope in their lives. I raise my glass to The Forgotten Guide to Happiness and what really matters in this world… love, in all its different shapes and sizes. 

Liz Robinson

The Forgotten Guide to Happiness Synopsis

'WONDERFULLY UPLIFTING' Trisha Ashley Sometimes, happiness can be found where you least expect it... Twenty-eight-year-old Lana Green has never been good at making friends. She's perfectly happy to be left alone with her books. Or at least, that's what she tells herself. Nancy Ellis Hall was once a celebrated writer. Now eighty, she lives alone in her North London house, and thinks she's doing just fine. But dementia is loosening Nancy's grip on the world. When Lana and Nancy become unconventional house mates, their lives will change in ways they never expected. But can an unusual friendship rescue two women who don't realise they need to be saved? An irresistible story of love, memory and the power of friendship that readers of The Keeper of Lost Things and The Lido will adore.

The Forgotten Guide to Happiness Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

A thoroughly good read, perfect for summer. Full review

Victoria Emerson

What a heartwarming exploration of identity and love in all its forms. Full review

Linda Hill

A great summer read that I know you'll come back to again and again. Full review

Alison Bradbury

A cracking read dipping it's toe into the many complex aspects of life and relationships. Very approachable and hugely enjoyable. You are willing Lana to see what we as the reader can see from the start! Full review

Isobel Finbow

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008281809
Publication date: 09/08/2018
Publisher: AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Publication date: 09/08/2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Format: Audiobook

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008281809
Publication date: 9th August 2018
Author: Sophie Jenkins
Publisher: AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Humour, Relationship Stories, Sagas and Romance,
Collections: 80+ Humorous Novels - from Wry and Sly Observations to Outright Chuckles and Laughter.,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Adult & contemporary romance,

About Sophie Jenkins

Sophie Jenkins is a serial joiner of writing groups and workshops and a prolific short story writer. To encourage her creativity she regularly enters half-marathons and trains by running from her home in North London to breakfast in the centre of town with a notepad. The character of Nancy in The Forgotten Guide to Happiness is based on her experiences with her own mother, who was diagnosed with dementia fifteen years ago.

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