I love it when you find a book that you can’t put down. It’s that feeling of wanting to finish it to find out what happens but then not wanting to finish it because you don’t want it to end! I had this exact feeling when reading The Secrets of Happiness by Lucy Diamond.
Back of the book:
Rachel and Becca aren’t real sisters, or so they say. They are stepsisters, living far apart, with little in common. Rachel is the successful one: happily married with three children and a big house, plus an impressive career. Artistic Becca, meanwhile, lurches from one dead-end job to another, shares a titchy flat, and has given up on love.
The two of them have lost touch, but when Rachel doesn’t come home one night, Becca is called in to help.
Once there, she quickly realizes that her stepsister’s life is not so perfect after all: Rachel’s handsome husband has moved out, her children are rebelling, and her glamorous career has taken a nosedive. Worst of all, nobody seems to have a clue where she might be.
As Becca begins to untangle Rachel’s secrets, she is forced to confront some uncomfortable truths about her own life, and the future seems uncertain.
But sometimes happiness can be found in the most unexpected places…
It was the title which drew me in. It fascinates me how we all see happiness differently. Some people find happiness in the little things, others find it in big life changing events. I found it by just reading this book.
For me, it put ‘happiness’ into perspective. It shows how happiness can happen to anyone at any time, and sometimes in the most unexpected places – how exciting is that!?
I loved that each chapter alternates between the different sisters point of view which helps to get to know the two different lives they both live. The characters are so real which means it is easy to emphasize with their different struggles throughout the book.
Overall, this book was a lovely heart-warming read. Unfortunately, I wasn’t at a poolside when reading it but it would be a brilliant holiday read if you have one coming up soon.
I would give this book 9/10. I loved it!