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February 29, 2016


MAY 10, 2016

Happy People Read and Drink Coffee

Agnes Martin Lugand

(from NightOwl Reviews)

  • Number: 9781602862845
  • Release: May 10, 2016
  • Author: Agnes Martin-Lugand
  • Availability: Print-Book
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Women's Fiction
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books
Diane seems to have the perfect life. She is a wife, a mother, and the owner of Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, a cozy literary cafe in Paris. But when she suddenly loses her beloved husband and daughter in a tragic car accident, the world as she knows it instantly vanishes. Trapped and haunted by her memories, Diane retreats from friends and family, unable and unwilling to move forward. But one year later, Diane shocks her loved ones and makes the surprising decision to move to a small town on the Irish coast, finally determined to heal and rebuild her life alone?until she meets Edward, the attractive yet taciturn Irish photographer who lives next door. At first abrasive and unwelcoming, Edward initially resents Diane’s intrusion into his life of solitude . . . until he can no longer keep her at arm’s length, and they fall into a surprising and tumultuous romance. But will it last when Diane leaves Ireland, and Edward, for the home she once ran away from in Paris? At once heartbreaking and uplifting, Diane’s story is deeply felt, reminding us that love remembered is love enduring.


After six years as a clinical psychologist, Agnes Martin-Lugand now devotes herself to literature full-time. She is also the author of Happiness Slips Through My Fingers (Entre mes mains le bonheur se faufile) and the sequel to Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, Don’t Worry, Life Is Easy (Le vie est facile, ne t’inquiète pas). Happy People Read and Drink Coffee has sold more than 300,000 copies in France and has been sold in more than 20 territories.
Sandra Smith is a critically acclaimed translator of French literature. She has previously worked on Suite française and subsequent novels by Irène Némirovsky, as well as a new translation of The Outsider by Albert Camus. She is a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge, where she continues to teach French Literature, Translation and Language.

Do we ever have a perfect life? Do perfect lives exist?  They don't. Being a wife, mother and literary cafe owner in Paris, Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, would be the perfect life for anyone. At least Diane thought she had the perfect life. Until, her world is turned upside down.  A terrible auto crash takes the lives of her beloved husband and little daughter. Her world changed with the flip of a switch.It is no longer the perfect life. She is imprisoned by her thoughts, her dreams, and all the memories of her perfect life. She can't get past it. Maybe because she doesn't want to or just maybe because she just can't. She avoids all of her friends and family.  Out of the blue, she tells everyone she is moving to the Irish coast.  She's wanting to get past this tragedy and make a new life for herself. She's in search of herself. My problem was,you almost know what's going to happen.  She moves to the Irish coast into a sea side cute little cottage. You have the notorious wind and rain.  Her landlords are sickening nice and let's not forget the handsome, in a rugged way, stranger, Edward. He doesn't like Diane, then they have a thing going, then enters the girlfriend from times past. It becomes like a teenage puppy love fight.  The cats are on the prowl.The more I read, it just seemed to go from bad to worse.   Of course, there is a happily ever after ending.  Yea, right!  All of a sudden the book ends, like an after thought.The ending is quite a surprise. How does the title fit the book?  Everybody sees things differently so pick up a copy and decide for yourself.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NightOwl Reviews and the author, Agnes Martin Lugand, in exchange for my unbiased review. No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 3 STARS.

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