[Book Review] The Happy Endings Book Club by Jane Tara @momentumbooks
Title: The Happy Endings Book Club
Penulis: Jane Tara
Publisher: Momentum Books, Australia
Date of Published: 1 December 2013
No. of Pages: 182
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Family, Paranormal Romance
Received from: Momentum Books via Netgalley
Paige flipped open sign on her bookshop door to closed.
This Christmas, the women of the Happy Endings Book Club are about to uncover a world of love and magic as they discover how to have their own happy ending or beginning, as they’re often the same thing.
Once a month, seven very different women come together to discuss books. They all love a happy ending, but have lost sight of how to get their own. Paige misses glimpsing the magic in the world. Sadie doesn’t see the beauty inside people. Amanda wonders what she ever saw in her ex husband. Tilda literally can’t see herself. Michi can’t bear looking at her family, while Clementine is blind to what’s right in front of her. And Eva looks for romance in all the wrong places.
But things are about to change …
Meet the women of the Happy Endings Book Club as they celebrate Christmas, and themselves, in London, Paris, Vienna, New York, Sydney and in love.
What can I say about this book? I love it. The Happy Endings Book Club is about a bunch of
mid-age ladies finding their own happy endings, which is it (I want to spoil it a little bit).
Usually I love bitter-sweet ending or just simply bitter ending. But this book is too cute, too funny and heartwarming that I want to tell readers who love chicklit to go to Netgalley and request this title.
The Happy Endings Book Club tells about Paige, Clementine, Michi, Eva, Amanda, Tilda, and Sadie. They have their own issues and personal problems to solve, and it includes romance, as their favorite genre.
The story starts with Paige who owned a bookshop in London. Besides taking care of the business, she also ran a book club called The Happy Endings, named after the book shop. These 7 ladies had a special bond besides sharing their love on romance and happy endings.
Paige’s mom, Jean, was on her death bed. Before she died, she told Paige that her father’s still alive. And to Paige’s surprise, her father was a fairy. FAIRY. With the help of Jean’s physiotherapist, Arley, Paige was having a journey that she’d never forget.
And then Clementine, the naive girl who believed in cyber-romance. She decided to spend Christmas in New York with her love of her life that she never met, Sam. Sadly, she found out the truth about her cyber lover, but came a surprise that she’d treasure later on.
One of my favorite characters is Michi. She spent her Christmas holiday in Sydney, her hometown, a place where she hated the most. Her parents, Kayoko and Keith, were known as the celebrity sex therapists. Michi met Jake, a handsome guy who worked together with Michi’s brother, Greg. Michi avoided skinship, although she was attracted to Jake. One night, she opened up to Jake about what changed her about her past. Something that a little child should not see.
Tilda was having a symptom of insidious disorder. She could not see her hand, nose, and ear. After talking to a doctor, she went off to Paris and found herself completely. She also found her love back in London.
I love how the characters have flaws and have to deal with their problems. But in the end, love conquers the world. I think that’s what the writer wants to convey. It’s one of the best Christmas-themed novels I read this year.
Looking forward to reading other books from Jane Tara.
Respect where you’re standing (p. 57)
It’s extremely healthy to do what it takes to feel good about yourself. (p. 124)
Style is not about following trends, or even starting them. It’s about being yourself (p. 126)
Whenever my mum gets depressed about her age, she goes to Paris. (p. 128)
Sometimes it takes a while to see what’s right in front of us. (p. 160)
Until next time ^^