The Happiness Project – Pippa James

1) Exercise more
2) Eat healthily
3) Learn how to live again…

Forty-year-old Alison Lund has always carefully planned everything in her well-ordered life, from colour co-ordinating her beautiful house to persuading her excitable son Alexander that sticker charts are more fun than misbehaving. But Alison’s perfect world has just fallen apart…

Her head is left spinning when her beloved larger than life mother-in-law, Maggie, passes away and Alison is left heartbroken. Every afternoon they’d talk and laugh over a pot of tea, she was the glue that kept Alison together through the first few tough years of motherhood. And now Alison is trying to figure out a future without her.

With a little help from her two best friends, Alison resolves to be more Maggie. After an emotional New Year’s Eve get together, the three women create a happiness project, challenging themselves to step outside their comfort zones and make the most of every single day.

Daring to do things differently, can Alison learn to live more spontaneously and find happiness along the way? Or will letting go be harder than she ever imagined?



My review

I remember reading ‘I will survive’ a while ago and wishing it would be the start of a series and now it seems like I have been granted a wish. I am feeling like a very happy camper and after two books I am still not ready to say goodbye to the prontagonists. So, this means I am hoping the fairy godmother might listen to me again.

If I would pick a favourite character, it would be Frankie. She has issues, but she is so much fun.

It is nice to see that 3 totally different women can become friends and support each other and that you can built bridges with someone when you keep the bigger picture in mind.

I love the author’s writing style. It also made my smile how people who do not have children (yet) have a theory about how to bring up children. It makes me even smile more when they see that their theory has to be thoroughly adapted once the little one(s) arrive(s).

If you want to read this book (and of course you are lol), I would suggest you grab the previous as well so you do not miss out on how it all started.

I, for sure, will put this one in my 5 stars collection.

Thank you, Pippa James, Bookouture and Netgalley for the review copy.


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.

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