Some of the women find "life" in reality, and some find it in fantasy: fairly lands and magic. The fantasy world in the novel isn't isolated like Hogwarts in Harry Potter. Instead, it's part of the regular world More like fantastical beings existing with all their powers in the mortal world.
And while that allows great freedom in the plot, it also confuses a linear realist like me! I liked the characters, the plot lines, the endings and new beginnings. I had a tough time with the magic, the fairyland, and the special powers This clever novel opened my eyes and gave me a lot to think about. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Nov 25, Ceillie Simkiss rated it it was ok Shelves: reviewed , fiction.
Sadie doesn't see the beauty inside people. 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. But things are about to c Once a month, seven very different women come together to discuss books. But things are about to change This novel had little to no resolution, and the fairy plotline made absolutely no sense.
This would have worked much better as a series of novels, tied together with the book club pulling old and new characters together.
Jan 13, Mad about rated it it was amazing Shelves: romance. Loved the Shakepeare sister stories and Jane Tara's writing style so this book was an easy choice for me. I read it in January which was the perfect timing as the characters timelines all centred around Christmas and New Year so it gave me that extra feeling of "aaawwwww" when I finished it. All the ladies of the Happy Endings Book Club have been coasting along in their lives without realising it. All have been looking for that special something their entire lives and have nearly given up on it u Loved the Shakepeare sister stories and Jane Tara's writing style so this book was an easy choice for me.
All have been looking for that special something their entire lives and have nearly given up on it until their Christmas breaks deliver them a beginning they never imagined would come. The book switches between each members p. There were some wonderful magical surprises which I wasn't expecting atall with it being a chick lit story and really boosted it for me as I generally go for Paranormal themed books.
The characters although are only mentioned intermittently are full and easy to bond with. Each has their own uniqueness and are generally middle aged an over.
As soon as I started reading I thought of loads of other women I know that would enjoy it. It's a great pick me up book with a twist Jan 15, Simona rated it it was ok. All the female characters were really likeable, but the thing I didn't like in the style of the book was that as soon as I got to enjoy a charachter's story, it changed to another character.
I loved reading Michi's story and the connection and chemistry between her and Jake was undeniable from the start. Every girl and woman had her special story and I liked them all, the were all so touching and unique. A pity though that we didn't get to hear more about each and every one of them.
The idea of a happy endings book clubs great and I loved that all these different women got together to share their love of books and they became real friends as well.
I admired their deep understanding for each and how they were there when they were needed. The emotinal side of the characters was desribed really well. All in all, it was an okay book, but not really my cup of coffee.
There very some enjoyable pits and pieces though and the novel is based on a lovely idea. Rating: 2. The Happy Endings Book Club was written almost as a group of short stories. You get little snippets of the lives of those in the book club all around Christmas. That being said, this story didn't have a particular strong sense of Christmas to me as a whole. I enjoyed some of the stories, but others not so much.
I thought there were several good quotes scattered throughout, and that helped with the overall enjoyment. Some of the characters stuck with me, while I felt other characters were hard to The Happy Endings Book Club was written almost as a group of short stories. Some of the characters stuck with me, while I felt other characters were hard to remember. The characters I enjoyed, I really hoped to read more about than I got, while the ones I couldn't relate to, I was glad I only had the short snippet.
I also found it interesting that some of the short stories had a fantasy twist. It seemed a little awkward to me with the whole story not coming off as fantasy. I think I really would love to read Michi's story as a full-length novel, or even a novella. I wasn't into her parents life-style, but her story intrigued me. While I didn't enjoy the whole book, I would definitely read more from Jane Tara. I liked her writing style, and the stories I didn't care for were just merely personal preference.
Dec 15, Maryline M's Bookshelf rated it really liked it. It made me see the book in a completely different light. It especially helped me understand Paige and Tilda better. Being only 21, I sometimes felt a bit too young to really 'get' the story and its characters that's why Jane's post really helped me , but it was still such an enchanting novel. It's a Christmas story about seeing yourself, seeing others, loving and being loved, Truly heartwarming.
The book tells the story of each of the Book Club members, almost like separate novellas that slowly weave together a charming, heartwarming tale.
Jane Tara's wonderful writing makes you connect with each of these woman almost instantly, making it very clear how beautiful this Book Club is. The Club gives each of them a lot, and they all add something unique and wonderful to the group in return.
Feb 21, Shelbycat rated it liked it Shelves: netgalley. To me this book wasn't anything really to do with a bookclub which i found to be disappointing. It's more like a set of short stories about different women all finding their true love. I enjoyed each of the womens stories but felt that other than the tenuous link of the bookclub which only really surfaced at the beginning and end of the book there was no other real link.
I would have liked the author to either make the bookclub element stronger or to go into the different womens lives a little m To me this book wasn't anything really to do with a bookclub which i found to be disappointing. I would have liked the author to either make the bookclub element stronger or to go into the different womens lives a little more. To be honest it all felt a little too superficial. Saying all that i did enjoy the writing style, the book flowed nicely in each story even if they didn't seem to really link together.
I would be interested in reading more by this author and i notice that the other books she's written focus more on a particular person which i think i'm likely to enjoy more. I would recommend this book to others but i woud say that don't read it if you want anything to do with a bookclub as you will be disappointed. View all 3 comments. May 12, Melinda rated it liked it Shelves: arc. Jane Tara brings us seven wonderful women, sorting through endings in search of new beginnings - some directly, some indirectly.
A few of the characters are finding new beginnings to end happily ever after. This is such a feel good story with a great message of perception. Humorous, touching, just a joy to read. The characters are endearing and each vignette warms "How do you see the world? The characters are endearing and each vignette warms your heart. I know there will be at least one character you will be able to relate to, for me each woman in the story I felt a connection with.
This book just warmed my heart, I laughed out loud and teared up but one thing is certain I sure felt warm and fuzzy after reading this little gem. I will be looking for more writings from Jane Tara, great story, very uplifting, happy reading indeed, downright magical. Momentum Books provided a copy in exchange for an honest review Nov 30, Mandi Kaye Ottaway rated it liked it.
There was quite honestly nothing about this book that was what I expected. I chose it because I thought it was about a book club - about women who love to read and the times they come together to share their love of books and cultivate friendships. Boy was I wrong. It was an odd mixture of the paranormal in this world fairies exist and people can be diagnosed with invisibility and the mundane. I was most definitely not expecting the paranormal when I picked up a book about a book club!
The storie There was quite honestly nothing about this book that was what I expected. The stories as it wasn't a cohesive whole - each woman got her own story were good. They weren't great, but I was entertained on a quiet morning.
If you're a fan of "chick lit" - especially with a bit of a paranormal twist - then you would enjoy this one. Publisher Description. Customer Reviews See All. The Opposite of Wild. Hidden Hollywood. Royal Catch. Retrieved 10 June Sounds Like Nashville.
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