Tuesday, 14 January 2014

The Happy Endings Book Group - Jane Tara

About the book…
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.





About the author…
Jane Tara spends most of her time wandering the world and writing. She has over twenty children's picture books published in Asia, and has written travel articles for many publications worldwide.
She has lived in Tokyo, London, Vienna, New York and various parts of Australia. She recently transformed her itchy feet into ITCHEE FEET, which publishes travel books for kids.
Jane is the author of FORECAST and the sequel, TROUBLE BREWING. Her latest novel, THE HAPPY ENDINGS BOOK CLUB 
Jane lives with her partner Dom and their four sons in Sydney, Australia.
My thoughts...
I had an copy of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.  I was drawn to the book firstly by the gorgeous cover and secondly by the fact that I'm a member of a book group and thought it would be interesting to see if there was any comparisons.
Jane Tara has hit the nail on the head with this book - a book club isn't just about the books.  In fact the books are the smallest part of a book group.  It's about a bunch of people from different walks of life who initially come together to share the same interest but through the meetings become friends supporting, listening and advising each other. 
Each member of The Happy Endings Book Club is at a different stage in their lives. All looking to move forward.  The book loosely weaves the women together, each having a chapter or so within the book to tell their tale and thanks to Jane Tara's vivid descriptions I got to travel the world with them.
Some characters I got, understood, like and felt empathy for others I didn't - a bit like real life really.  The thing that stood out for me was that despite the fact the women were all different characters, trying to work through different scenario's in search of their own 'happy ending' when things got too much they turned to The Book Group for stability - knowing they had the support of their fellow members.  A book club is somewhere to escape reality.
Overall I enjoyed this book at 182 pages it was a quick read for me and perfect for an afternoon curled up with coffee and the cat.
I gave this book 3/5 stars