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The Happy Endings Book Club by [Tara, Jane]
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Length: 246 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2645 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Momentum (1 December 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GLFO31U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #209,961 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars 15 reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Just ok 13 May 2014
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Just ok. Disappointing, I'd read the reviews that it had nothing to do with their book club, but it truly had NOTHING to do with a book club, and it was just embarrassing that the book the club finally met to discuss (even though the reader doesn't read a word about the discussion) was written by the author of the book??? How egotistical.
3.0 out of 5 stars More like a set of short stories 2 February 2015
By Quincy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Just as the main characters were getting fleshed out---the book ended.
Our club read it and we were all disappointed with this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it makes you feel good about yourself 30 June 2014
By Shree Janani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Note : The Review was originally posted @ www.readmuse.blogspot.in

Having read Jane’s previous books, I really know what to expect from her and she has once again lived up to my expectations. Jane’s book are those which you might want to read when you are down in the dumps. Especially if you are a woman, it makes you feel good about yourself.

Like her previous books, in this book again the protagonist is a strong willed female. Or should I say the “protagonists” are a bunch of ladies from different walks of life with their own shortcomings and positives. A book club in the nearby bookstore binds these ladies together. The story is essentially about each character’s life and the difficulties that they face and how they help out each other.

One thing that is commonly found in this genere (Chic Lit) is the presence of this Ultra Male (or some “drool worthy” male) who makes our dear heroine go weak in her knees and then hurts her badly only to come back cajoling. It’s all nice to read, but then isn’t it too monotonous? At times I find such stories repulsive. Thankfully Jane has saved me that trouble by not bringing in such a twist of sorts.

Her characterisation as always speaks volumes about a woman. Women are always judged for expecting a happy ending. Jane has beautifully brought out a fact that a happy ending is always possible though the definition of “happy” might not fit in with our expectations. It’s like expect the unexpected to make you happy.

This book is a total mood lifter filled in with so much of positive energy inspite of the struggle that the characters endure.

My weeny bit complaint would be – I knew what to expect from Jane – A Happy ending.

Overall, I loved the book!

VERDICT: Go for it! Be Happy won’t hurt to have a Happy Ending!

RATING: 4 on 5
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes Fairies do exist 24 January 2014
By S. Roddom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Opening lines: ‘…Paige stared at the bottle of blood-red nail polish on the table in front of her and then turned back to her elderly mother…’

THE HAPPY ENDINGS BOOK CLUB is slightly different to the two previous books I have read by Jane Tara, ‘Forecast’ and ‘Trouble Brewing’, which concentrate solely on the magical Shakespeare women. This time the story follows the seven different women who make up The Happy Endings Book Club and how they each overcome their problem to get their happy ending. A couple of the Shakespeare women do make a cameo appearance in Paige’s story. Happy Endings is a bookshop that is owned and operated by Paige and she started the book club after her husband left her in order to make friends. The ladies she invited all liked to read romances and they all soon become firm friends and support group.

I did find that with so many characters I got a bit lost at times trying to remember what was going on with whom and how they connected to each other. Reading an e-version made it hard to flick back to refresh my memory. Having said that though I loved the stories and wished I could have spent more time with Paige (the most magical adventure); Michi (such an unusual set of parents); and Tilda who I related to most, a was a woman of a certain age who was turning invisible, a wonderfully funny twist on the phenomenon that is gaining credence among women of a certain age!

Author Jane Tara must have magical powers of her own I swear because her settings are so wonderfully described you can easily imagine yourself there. I thought I had died and gone to heaven when Jane took a character to the Christmas markets in Vienna, in falling snow, ***sigh*** is now firmly on my wish list of places to visit. From London to Australia, Paris to New York the women all eventually turn their lives around, but many it is not as they expected.

THE HAPPY ENDINGS BOOK CLUB was a book written from the heart as Jane struggled with a potential health issue of her own she put many of the problems she faced into her characters. However as I mentioned before I found it a bit of a struggle to keep up with all the characters and their stories, it was almost like a series of short stories that were threaded together with a book club as the link. This may have been because at around 200 pages there was not enough time to spend with each lady and really get to know them. But the three ladies who got a special mention were the ones I related to instantly and loved. Maybe fewer ladies or more pages would have helped me, but then I wouldn’t know which lady to leave out because even if I didn’t relate to all of them they all had an important role, so maybe more pages. Overall it is a quick romantic read, full of the Christmas spirit, some thought provoking issues and a whole heap of magic. Yes fairies do exist! I am really looking forwards to Jane’s next book HAMLET'S GHOST.
4.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted and fabulous <3 11 December 2013
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
*ARC courtesy of Momentum Books on Netgalley.*

4++ stars

The Happy Endings Book Club is an endearing novel that will leave you feeling encouraged, hopeful, and yes - quite happy, indeed.

I love the set up of this novel. Each of the seven women in the book club get at least one chapter to tell their stories of love. My favorite thing about a Jane Tara book is that the author has been everywhere, (really!) so as the setting moves from a London bookstore to the busy streets of New York and even to the Vienna Christmas markets (now on my bucket list), you KNOW she’s writing about places she’s actually been.

I also really liked - and this was unexpected - that there’s a magical element to this story. Her previous novels, Forecast and Trouble Brewing, deal with a world full of fairies and magic, so having a bit of a crossover in this book was such a delight (Hi Batty!).

I thoroughly enjoyed EVERY woman’s tale of Christmas love. I keep trying to pick a favorite, but it’s difficult. There’s something to love and relate to in each of their stories. Here are a couple of women who stood out to me:

MICHI – I probably highlighted this one the most. Michi’s story takes her to Sydney, where she reunites with her rather unorthodox family. Actually, that’s an understatement – her family really IS nuts. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the humor in this one. Michi + Jake are a hot pair and her brother Greg had me cracking up. I chatted with my Australian bff during this chapter and it was cool to hear her talk about the places mentioned in the book. She also enjoyed making fun of the way I tried to copy words like honing, barney and hoicked. (Oh and “Heck no! Cherry Ripes are AMAZING!”)

TILDA - The author just has a way of making the absurd, believable. So yeah, you may consider Tilda’s rapid invisibility to be a real but rare issue for about five seconds. Or you may possibly be looking for the fairies in St. Nectan’s Glen. ;)
I really adored Tilda’s story. What woman CAN’T relate to feeling invisible and just going through the motions. Her love interest, Patrick, is such a dream, never letting what many consider to be a disability stop him from living his life to the fullest. It also doesn’t stop him from wooing a resistant-at-first Tilda…

“…I find you attractive, Tilda.” He shook his head, amazed she didn’t get it. “Apart from the picture I have of you in my mind, I also liked the way you slammed that book shut. I liked the sound of your voice the first time we spoke. The slight scent of flowers that surrounds you.”
Tilda was grateful he couldn’t see the tears in her eyes. "But you can’t see me.”
“On the contrary,” he said. “I see you clearly.”

A few more quotes I felt especially inspiring/entertaining:

"It’s this freedom that’s the key to becoming visible again. Not caring what others think is freeing. Expressing yourself any way you want is freeing. Having opinions, emotional wisdom, spiritual understanding…these things free you. And in freedom, we find power."

"Age has taught me that what other people think of me is none of my business."

“Well, I’ll keep it in mind.”
“Things never get done when they’re kept there.”
He’d lost her. “Kept where?”
“In mind. When you say, ‘I’ll keep it in mind, that’s usually where it stays.”
*my note after that quote was – isn’t Jane Tara a little advice queen? =)*

"It’s often only as beauty fades that it becomes apparent it was ever there."

“Why do people love particular places? Because they’re the best version of themselves there, right?”

“There are countless ways to see things. What’s it mean to see something anyway?”
”Perhaps truly seeing is the ability to see things through the eyes of others.”

I just loved this book. It made me smile, it made me cry (shhh) and it just left me feeling a bit more lighthearted than when I started. It focuses on only a small moment in these women’s lives, but it’s a beautiful one and it will leave you wishing their stories could go on for much longer than they do.

"How do you see the world? Happy endings come not through events but through a shift in perception."

Highly recommend.

Oh - and when you're finished with this book, make sure to check out the following blog post about the fascinating story behind The Happy Endings Book Club.
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