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Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center | Estelle Reviews

Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center ( web | tweet ) Published on March 24, 2015 from St. Martin’s Press Pages: 320 Target audience: Adult Keywords: divorce, nature, new beginnings, family Summary: A year after her divorce, Helen decides to go way out of her comfort zone — she’s trusting her irresponsible little brother with […]

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December 31, 2015 - 8:00 am

What This Book Gave To Me, Estelle - […] Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center seems like the logical place to start. The main character needs to escape the blah realities of her current situation and embarks on something totally out of her comfort zone — which means she sucks at it for awhile but learns about her so much along the way. Halfway through the year, I started a new workout and nutrition regime, and surprisingly, fell in love with yoga. It’s not the same as hiking in the great outdoors for a number of days on end, but it definitely felt like it. Feeling strong, seeing my body change, and realizing I had discovered a habit that actually calmed me? Priceless. […]

November 25, 2015 - 12:02 am

Hannah & Cassie's Holiday Gift Guide - […] books I have read this year.  In addition, it comes with high praise from: Myself, Hannah, Estelle, Rachel, and Kelly.  Need I say more? Gift it to any woman on your list who is a reader. […]

May 31, 2015 - 8:01 am

It's a Wrap | MAY We Remember You Kindly, Estelle - […] Kissing in America by Margo Robb / Estelle: Happiness for Beginners by Katherine […]

May 26, 2015 - 6:18 pm

Lucy - You make this sound amazing! I am so not an outdoorsy camping type but I think it’s a great idea for a book setting. Can’t wait to check this one out!

May 24, 2015 - 9:04 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - After seeing you mention this on Goodreads I put a hold on it from the library and I think I’m finally #1 or 2 in line and I’m so excited to read it! Even more now after reading your review.

May 24, 2015 - 7:49 am

Leah - There’s been SO much love for this book recently and I swear I had no idea it was fiction until now! The title and cover SCREAM memoir to me!

(& I’m all about fake camping too, E!)

May 21, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Alexa S. - I basically just want to say “YES! YES! YES!” to this entire review, because you’ve captured in a lovely way how great Happiness for Beginners is. It’s definitely a quieter adult contemporary, but it was still so, so moving and utterly compelling 🙂

May 21, 2015 - 9:44 am

Maria @ A little adventure - Oh this sounds like a great book!

I’m attracted to it from the title alone, as I’ve been on my own little quest to find happiness this year.

I like the element of finding a balance with nature that you mentioned, and it definitely sounds like a book with interesting characters. I’ll keep an eye out for it for sure!

Estelle: A Passionate Love Affair With… by Lucy Robinson

A Passionate Love Affair with a Perfect Stranger by Lucy Robinson ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 2013 Publisher: Notting Hill Press Pages: 434 Target audience: Adult Keywords: dating websites, career, Edinburgh Format read: ARC provided by author. (Thank you!) Summary: A break from a bustling career for a workaholic is never a […]

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December 15, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Daphne - I don’t think I’ve even heard of this book (unless I passed over it on Netgalley?) but I just bought it. I did before I even finished reading the summary. I cannot wait to get a free moment to read it.

May 23, 2014 - 9:01 am

Passionate Online Love Advice from Lucy Robinson - […] more book reading so I wanted to refresh your memory. Last month, I told you (almost) all about A PASSIONATE LOVE AFFAIR WITH A TOTAL STRANGER by Lucy Robinson — a hilarious and sweet book about a main character who starts a business […]

May 3, 2014 - 2:06 am

Alexa S. - When you first told me about this one, I was already interested. But your review has convinced me to click BUY on Amazon, because this sounds delightful! I can’t wait to indulge in reading this one warm day when I feel like indulging in something fun 😉

April 27, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - EEK! I just saw that I can read this for free on Kindle with the Prime Lending Library. So, all is forgiven, you’re not an enabler and YAY BOOKS!

April 27, 2014 - 5:18 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I kinda hate/love when I come spend time on your blog and then immediately want to go straight to Amazon. You’re enabling my bad buying habits! Anyway, you totally had me interested with the Kinsella and Giffin comparison. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention!

April 27, 2014 - 6:03 am

My Week in Books | Just a Couple More PagesJust a Couple More Pages - […] A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger (Thanks to Estelle’s review) […]

April 26, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I saw the length of this before I read your review and I was worried, but I’m glad you addressed that. I think this premise sounds hilarious and just like the kind of chick lit I like. I used to joke that I should give classes in how to write Craigslist ads looking for roommates because so many of the ones I read/received were terrible!

April 25, 2014 - 10:48 pm

elena - yes, when you told me about this, i was totally reminded of sophia kinsella! i used to adoooore her. this sounds so fun and delightful. super excited to read it!

April 25, 2014 - 9:01 pm

Racquel - oh man, this sounds RIGHT UP MY ALLY!!! *added* *purchased* and now to resist reading it this instant because I have a gazillion papers to write and finals to study for. Sad face. But this won’t be in my TBR for long. Im totally gonna start it as soon as Im free. Thanks for putting this on my radar! So happy you liked it and now Im super excited.

Estelle: The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard

The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard ( web | twitter ) Publication Date: June 25, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Pages: 336 Target audience: Adult Keywords: disappearance, family dynamics, flashback, small towns Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: When Kirsten is 9 years old, her brother’s girlfriend disappears in a winter storm. Told […]

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October 30, 2014 - 9:01 am

The Fragile World by Paula Treick DeBoard | Fiction Review - […] a year later, I’m still recommending The Mourning Hours, Paula DeBoard’s debut, to people. It’s had a lasting effect on me; what can I say? […]

June 10, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Alexa Y. - This book sounds utterly fascinating. I know you already mentioned it to me, but your review has really convinced me that I WANT to read this book. It sounds mysterious and thrilling and very different — and I’m always a big fan of stories like that.

June 9, 2013 - 12:01 am

Estelle's Shelve It: 6/8/2013 (Books Bought + Books Found) - […] Table with a Blogger Rec from Novel Sounds Recap (and review) of Judy Blume Tiger Eyes Movie event The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard (suspenseful adult thriller) Shut Out by Kody Keplinger (sexy, fast paced […]

June 8, 2013 - 3:09 pm

Lisa - A crazy addictive mystery with a well written 9year old narrator? YES.

June 6, 2013 - 11:02 pm

elena - I WANT ANSWERS JUST FROM READING YOUR REVIEW!! i just want to KNOWWW. v intriguing review.

June 6, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Wow, this doesn’t really sound like a book I would find coming from Harlequin, but it sounds absolutely enthralling. I’m really interested in the idea that the story is told from the perspective of a 9-year-old who will never get the full story herself. I’m so intrigued by your review and I really want to know what happens!

June 6, 2013 - 2:50 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - This sounds like a thrilling read and I’ve been trying to read more adult fiction. I think I’ll add this to my goodreads.

June 6, 2013 - 11:15 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh my gosh! I can’t tell if I should read this one! On the one hand, this cover has teased me since I first saw it because it really is beautiful and you know I’m drawn in by beautiful covers. But on the other hand, the thriller-y stories tend to make me all up in knots! I don’t know! I’ll have to let you tell me if this is an Asheley book. And I’ll trust you. It sounds interesting with the young narrating voice but also kind of creepy with the secrets and the snowstorm and disappearance! Great review, though, because my mind is turning and turning…

June 6, 2013 - 9:37 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Wow! This one sounds AMAZING! Definitely going to hunt this book down and read ASAP!

Estelle: Austensibly Ordinary by Alyssa Goodnight

Austensibly Ordinary by Alyssa Goodnight ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: January 29, 2013 Publisher: Kensington Books Pages: 320 Target audience: Adult Keywords: Jane Austen, ghosts, romance, matchmaking Format read: ARC received from the author. (Thanks!) Summary: Cate has always been on the prowl for her own Mr. Darcy, or her own Austen-esque happily […]

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February 10, 2013 - 11:04 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I love Jane Austen, but I’m on the fence about this one. I hate to hear about the slow pace and lack of dialogue, so I’ll probably just keep an eye out for it at my library. If I see it, great. If not, oh well. There are so many so/so books inspired by Austen, and this sounds like it kind of falls into that territory.

February 3, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Estelle's Shelve It: 2/3/2013 - […] Echols A review of Scarlet by Marisa Meyer A review of Hooked by Liz Fichera A review of Austensibly Ordinary by Alyssa […]

January 31, 2013 - 3:27 am

Kristen Evey - First of all, LOL at Elena’s comment!^ I don’t think I really need to add anything. Except, of course, that the perfect guy is not Ryan Gosling. I used to think so, until I started watching Korean dramas. Now, well, Ryan isn’t looking so hot anymore.

ANYways, about the book, yes? This sounds, maybe interesting? I dunno. Too much stuff going on in the book could irritate me. But Ethan definitely sounds intriguing and I do love me some Jane Austen. Maybe I should just read Austen though. In any case, great review as always. 🙂

January 29, 2013 - 11:00 am

elena - UM HELLO THE PERFECT GUY DOES EXIST AND HIS NAME IS RYAN GOSLING! Also I’m not sure why but I find this line very amusing, “mysterious journal that Cate finds at a taco place.” Ethan sounds like a hottie with a body. This sounds like a fun book overall!

January 28, 2013 - 5:26 pm

Alexa Y. - This sounds like a pretty fun book, but the mishmash of elements does sound a bit overwhelming. While I have read and enjoyed Austen, I don’t consider myself a major fan – but I could probably still enjoy this book 🙂

January 28, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Cynthia - YESSS!!! A novel set in Austin!! I might read this one just for that. I love that city! =D I’m ashamed to admit that I’m not an Austen fan yet, since I haven’t read any of her books but I’m always intrigued by those novels that have something to do with Austen, so I’ll be adding this one to my list, and hopefully read an Austen novel sometime soon. =)

January 28, 2013 - 11:18 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Gosh, I love Jane Austen. I definitely need to look into these books. I have Me and Mr. Darcy that I want to read soon.

January 28, 2013 - 10:33 am

April Books & Wine - I love the premise of Austensibly Ordinary, but too many subplots annoy me. So, instead I think I’ll actually try to read some more actual Jane Austen (I just re-read P&P via audio last week and watched the 1995 miniseries — good life choice.)