The Happiness Project by Pippa James @PippaJamesbooks @bookouture #bookreview #thehappinessproject

Happy Tuesday bibliophiles!

I am so happy to share with you today my review for this fantastic book that is part of a wonderful series about strong positive female friendships! Many thanks to Kim for my invitation to the tour and to Pippa James for her delightful words!🌹

My Thoughts

A fun uplifting story about friendship, motherhood, and life!

This book is a follow-up to Pippa Jame’s “I Will Survive” you could read it as a standalone, but why would you want to? Pippa James has created some very likable relatable and real characters that you will soon think of as friends… Allison, Kate, and Frankie are all very different women, but I could see a piece of myself in each of them… I think this is the true power of this book one or all of the characters will resonate with most women in one way or another… and as a mother of three whose days of navigating school drop off and pick up are long over it was nice to reminisce…

The book starts off with the three ladies making New Year’s resolutions or as they chose to call them a happiness project… to be more healthy, to be more Zen, to be more responsible, to step out of your comfort zone…. all things that are easier said than done especially when you live in the real world and have young children… Allison is trying to be a little more like her recently deceased mother-in-law Maggie, but those are pretty big shoes to fill… Kate is trying to be a little more zen during her third pregnancy, although her friend Natalie is not making this easy… Frankie is just trying to hold on to her job, hold on to her man, and hold her family together…. three women with the benefit of a strong friendship with one another, I am a firm believer that we all need good girlfriends in our lives!

This book was well paced I felt as though I was spending the day with some good friends, while reading this book…

Mud, a wedding, flip-flops, home brewed vegan beer, mud, and more mud, all made for a fantastic book… what Allison gets herself into in this book was a lot of fun to read! And the interactions between Kate and her so called friend Natalie made my blood boil… there is seriously nothing more annoying than somebody who has not had kids yet judging how you parent, it’s annoying enough with the person has kids, but parenting is hard and it’s personal and people need to stay in their own lane! Can you tell this is a bit of an issue for me? That’s not to say I never said my kids will never… before I had kids, and let me tell you that bit me back for sure! Ugh! Funny enough Frankie the most colorful character probably had the tamest storyline, although she had some major character growth and that was fun to watch….

A delightful story all about the good, the bad, and the ugly side of motherhood and womanhood! Recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 Song Running Through My Head

Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy
Don’t worry, be happy now
don’t worry
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) be happy
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) don’t worry, be happy
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) don’t worry
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) be happy
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) don’t worry, be happy
Ain’t got no place to lay your head
Somebody came and took your bed
Don’t worry, be happy
The landlord say your rent is late
He may have to litigate
Don’t worry, be happy
Oh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh don’t worry, be happy
Here I…

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Alison’s perfect world has fallen apart. Her beloved larger than life mother-in-law, Maggie, has just passed away. Every afternoon they’d talk and laugh over a pot of tea – and Maggie was secretly the glue that held Alison’s family together. Now she’s trying to figure out a future without her…

With a little help from her two best friends, Alison resolves to try and find her happy place and be more Maggie. Vowing to step outside of their comfort zones and make the most of every day, the three women each have their own challenges to overcome in the year ahead – a baby on the way, a romance to save and a much-needed confidence boost.

But as Alison finds herself drinking more wine than she ever has in her life and signing up for an extreme sports charity event, she starts to wonder if this is really the change she needed in her life? Or will she re-discover her happiness closer to home?

About the Author

Growing up in Birmingham, Pippa James was never without at least one book on the go and therefore lived several different lives concurrently. As an adult, she would like to spend much of her time the same way, but she now lives a chaotic life in a small Derbyshire town with her husband and two children. Her writing is frequently interrupted by parenting duties and her day job as a teacher and the only way she can find a quiet space to think, is by taking her laptop to the pub to drink tea and write, which she does at every opportunity.

You can follow Pippa on Twitter @PippaJamesBooks or 

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Have A happy day!☺️


8 thoughts on “The Happiness Project by Pippa James @PippaJamesbooks @bookouture #bookreview #thehappinessproject

  1. Wow, this sounds great, Berit!! I liked your insightful comments about it too, especially regarding child rearing. I think I’ll look into book 1 (as your review prods us to do 😉), and then will save both to my tbr. ☺️

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    1. Oh this is a lot of fun! I loved these ladies and I love their relationship with one another and yes there was a character in this book that needed to be put in her place! Although she was a little bit! Kind of?

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