Every now and then I love to pick up a light romantic/comedy novel and dig in! That is exactly what I did with The Theory of Happily Ever After. Written by Kristin Billerbeck, this story is a great study in personalities and human behavoir.
Maggie is a very successful scientist who has written about her research on happiness, with a best seller. When she finds her wedding cancelled as she watches her fiancé walk off with a scarf dancer, she is not sure what to do.
Maggie is easy to like and so much fun to watch make a mess of her life. Her friends are so dedicated to her, but they are real and can reach a breaking point. When the three of them end up on a Singles Cruise, so Maggie can sell more copies of her book, and start promoting her next one, things get interesting!
I really enjoyed this light hearted book. It is a sweet tale of a woman who needs to find herself, allow some healing happen in her heart and mind, and how friendship is so very important. Not only is there some romance, there is some real heart searching in this book from all the characters. This would be a great summer read, and I suspect my oldest will be grabbing it to read, and yes it is a completely safe book! I loved the two male characters, Sam and Brent are both incredibly likable and very different. Jake is the finance and his character is clearly lacking integrity, and those lessons might be good for my son to glean from too!
NOTE : I received a copy of The Theory of Happily Ever After, in exchange for an honest review.
I grew up with a strong sense of justice. I simply knew the way things should be. And since I’m not smart enough to be a district attorney, I am a novelist. My childhood was slightly confusing. I blame my parents for this. Oh heck, I’m going to blame them for everything. I think I would have turned out normal if it weren’t for them.
Okay, probably not. I am a fourth-generation Californian, and an American mutt, but identify most strongly with my Italian heritage. My mother’s family, of strong Norwegian/German descent, tried to teach me how to do things right. How to cook, clean, sew, budget accordingly – all the things a proper young girl should know to be a contributing member of society. I, however, failed miserably. I danced, figure skated & cheered through life, thoroughly confusing my practical family. For my 40th birthday, my grandmother gave me a cookie gun, hoping there was something within me — it’s still in the box.
My dad’s Italian family taught me about the good life. The indulgent life. How to eat, shop and be merry. My Nana had very tiny feet and a penchant for shoes (she worked at the Emporium, no doubt to fund her shoe addiction). My afternoons at her house had no lessons, other than how to walk in her high heels, drape myself in her mink stole and drip myself with rhinestones. Tastefully, of course. I picked up on this lifestyle much quicker.
I graduated San Jose State University with a degree in Journalism & Mass Communications (emphasis in Advertising), gave my life to Jesus during college and found my true love in a Christian Singles’ Group, which yes, I skewer in “What a Girl Wants”. I am still Italian, fluffy and an aficionado of fine shoes, espresso & handbags.
I have four amazing kids. One is an engineer, one is a United States Marine, one is studying physics & the last one, my only girl, is a mini-me who dances through life and may or may not, have a spending problem.