I’m delighted to welcome fellow Bookouture author, Pippa James, to my blog today. Pippa is going to share a scene from her heartwarming romcom, The Happiness Project. What an enchanting cover!
Let’s find out a bit about the story.
Prepare to be captivated by one of the most poignant and heart-warming books you will read this year, perfect for readers who loved One Day in December.
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?
What readers are saying:
‘I completely loved this book and devoured it in one day as it was too good to put down… perfect humour… endearing and heart-warming… an uplifting and feel good story that will leave you wanting more…’ Stacy is Reading, 5 stars
‘This story leaves you begging for more… Warm and uplifting… The story rockets along and will have you laughing and crying.’ Mrs W, 5 stars
‘A stellar novel of friendship, motherhood, and happiness.’ Plucked from the Stacks, 5 stars
‘Wonderful and so endearing… Having me laughing at one point and crying the next. It is a heart-warming story full of friendship, families, love and loss.’ Stardust Book Reviews
‘An uplifting tale about friendship, family, and kicking-ass at womanhood… The novel is hilarious… Warm and enticing… Making me chuckle.’ Jessica Ryn
‘Uplifting read about motherhood, friendship, and striving to live your best life…’ Goodreads Reviewer
It sounds fab, doesn’t it? If, like me, you’re dying to read it you can get it here:
Now for a sneak peek extract
‘Such a shame Ben couldn’t make it today.’
Frankie tried not to hear the disappointment in her mum’s voice as she repeated herself yet again. Ben joins them for Sunday lunch one time and suddenly the weekend is nothing without him.
‘Maybe next week, Mum. I’ll ask him.’
‘That’d be nice, dear,’ Paula said, handing Frankie her plate. ‘He was very nice, wasn’t he, Laura? We did like him.’
Frankie looked across the table to where her sister sat sulking next to her boyfriend and felt smug that it was finally her chance to be the one praised.
‘At least he’s better than Jeremy,’ Laura said, reverting back to her at least I didn’t get pregnant and drop out of university defence.
Frankie saw that Liam’s head had popped up as he heard the now familiar name. She’d hoped he had been too distracted by the plate of food to have listened in on the conversation.
‘Jeremy?’ he said, looking from Laura to Frankie and back again. ‘My friend Jeremy?’
Laura looked aghast, although Frankie couldn’t tell whether it was because she was worried she’d put her foot in it or because she couldn’t believe Frankie had allowed Liam to meet Jeremy. Probably the latter.
Frankie stared at her sister, trying to warn her not to say too much. ‘Your Auntie Laura knows Jeremy from when I was friends with him before.’
Laura opened her mouth and closed it twice before looking at her mum, who shook her head. Beside Laura, Stuart, her lanky boyfriend, seemed to be trying to sink into his chair to escape from the tension.
‘How’s the house-hunting going?’ Frankie asked.
‘We went to see a house in Millhurst this morning,’ Stuart said hurriedly, clearly pleased to be able to change the subject. ‘Three bedrooms, but a bit pokey…’
Frankie sat eating in silence as Laura and Stuart spent the rest of the meal describing in detail the six houses they had viewed in the past week. In her head, inappropriate comments begged to be made about the mirrored wardrobes in the first house or the poles in the lounge of the house being renovated, but she bit them back, desperate not to make an enemy of Laura now. This, she thought, was why she had to tell Liam that Jeremy was his dad. She didn’t really think her sister would be callous enough to tell Liam deliberately, but she could be utterly thoughtless and was likely to let it slip without realising.
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, which she does at every opportunity.