Book Review: The Secret of Happy Ever After by Lucy Dillon

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Title: The Secret of Happy Ever After

Author: Lucy Dillon

Published: 2011/11/10

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Started: 2017/07/21

Finished: 2017/07/22

Rating:  ★★★★★





Michelle doesn’t believe in fairy tales. She’s a hard-headed businesswoman, making a fresh start in a new town. And when she decides to take over a neglected book shop, she knows the perfect manager.

For book-loving Anna, it’s a dream come true—and not just because it gives her an escape from her three demanding step-children and their adorable but hyperactive Dalmatian. Although she’s been thinking that her own fairytale ending hasn’t really turned out the way she hoped, Anna’s passion for the classics is transforming the shop. The customers, and even Michelle, are falling under the spell of the magical stories of romance, adventure, and lost dogs.

But when secrets from her past threaten Michelle’s new beginnings, and trouble strikes at the heart of Anna’s household, can the wisdom and courage of the stories in the bookshop help the two friends—and those they love—find their happy ever after?

My Thoughts


I can’t believe I waited so long to read this, I don’t read a lot of British contemporary fiction but this was great.  Ultimately it’s a story about personal growth and friendship both between the girls but also with the dogs.

I love that this story also brings in Anna’s love for books and the bookstore and how it’s not just part of the plot but also how each chapter starts with a book recommendation from a character in the book. I want to go back through and write down all the books mentioned and read them! I probably should have done it when I was reading but I was lazy.

Also, I really enjoyed that this was more a story about friendship, there was no instalove.

Has anyone else read this?  I’m pretty sure I’m going to read more of her books ❤


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