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What a lovely, charming, friendly read this is, an enticing ‘will they, won’t they’ romance is equally matched by the story of animals in need and children requiring an alternative learning environment. Molly Baker runs her beloved farm as a school, when a new student arrives, Molly’s life is turned thoroughly upside down and in to a roundabout spin. I adored the explanation at the beginning of the novel by Carole Matthews that Hope Farm is based on the real Animal Antiks Farm. The first sentence had me chortling and I settled further down into the comfort of my sofa to enjoy the read. Molly tells her own story, I could really hear her voice and her personality shines through. Can I say that the animals very nearly steal the show for me, having had a downright grumpy (read that as flesh tearing vampire) rescue cat myself, their individual quirks made me smile. ‘Happiness for Beginners’ is entertaining, heart-warming and ever so readable, I raced through in one sitting and enjoyed every second.
Molly Baker is living her best life.
Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There's Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature pig, Teacup.
Molly runs the farm as an alternative school for kids who haven't thrived in mainstream education. It's full on, but she wouldn't have it any other way. So when the well-groomed Shelby Dacre turns up at Hope Farm asking to enrol his son Lucas, Molly isn't fazed.
But Lucas is distant and soon Molly realises he might be more of a handful than she anticipated. And then there's the added problem that his dad is distractingly handsome. Molly has her beloved farm to think of - could letting Lucas and Shelby in be a terrible mistake, or the start of something wonderful?
Feel-good, funny and an absolute must-read from the queen of romance Carole Matthews, Molly's story will make your heart sing. New starts and second chances abound in Happiness for Beginners.
Closing date: 04/04/2021
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 lovely, uplifting, warm read. Full review
A hug in a book, I am convinced that Carole Matthews must write her novels with a great big smile on her face. Full review
I've been in the mood to read lighter relationship story fiction that just makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, and this book fit the bill perfectly. Full review
Publication date: 30/05/2019
Publisher: Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 21/02/2019
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 21/02/2019
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||30th May 2019|
|Publisher:||Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Humour, Relationship Stories, Sagas and Romance,|
|Collections:||80+ Books That Deliver a Hug , 80+ Humorous Novels - from Wry and Sly Observations to Outright Chuckles and Laughter.,|
|Categories:||Adult & contemporary romance,|
Carole Matthews is the Sunday Times bestselling author of thirty-two novels, including the Top Ten bestsellers Let's Meet on Platform 8, A Whiff of Scandal, For Better, For Worse, A Minor Indiscretion, With or Without You, The Cake Shop in the Garden, Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses, A Cottage by the Sea, The Chocolate Lovers' Club, The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas, The Chocolate Lovers' Wedding, Million Love Songs, Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights and Happiness for Beginners. Carole has also been awarded the RNA Outstanding Achievement Award. Her novels dazzle and delight readers all over the world. Click here to read ...More About Carole Matthews