Friday, January 19, 2018

Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After....Review & Giveaway!

I have been a total bookworm so far in 2018. I always consider myself a bookworm but I have been completely losing myself in some really great books and it makes me so happy. I have been giving into the relaxation that a good book and some couch time can bring. I forget sometimes how very therapeutic that can be! One book that I "lost" myself in recently is Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham. This book had hooked from the first page and I spent happy hours enjoying this book snuggled up on the couch with a cup of cocoa...I would highly recommend doing the same. It was lovely! Here is the scoop...
Happiness begins with a charming courtship between hopelessly attracted opposites: Heather, a world-roaming California girl, and Brian, an intellectual, homebody writer, kind and slyly funny, but loath to leave his Upper West Side studio. Their magical interlude ends, full stop, when Heather becomes pregnant―Brian is sure he loves her, only he doesn't want kids. Heather returns to California to deliver their daughter alone, buoyed by family and friends. Mere hours after Gracie's arrival, Heather's bliss is interrupted when a nurse wakes her, "Get dressed, your baby is in trouble."

This is not how Heather had imagined new motherhood – alone, heartsick, an unexpectedly solo caretaker of a baby who smelled "like sliced apples and salted pretzels" but might be perilously ill. Brian reappears as Gracie's condition grows dire; together Heather and Brian have to decide what they are willing to risk to ensure their girl sees adulthood.

The grace and humor that ripple through Harpham's writing transform the dross of heartbreak and parental fears into a clear-eyed, warm-hearted view of the world. Profoundly moving and subtly written, Happiness radiates in many directions--new, romantic love; gratitude for a beautiful, inscrutable world; deep, abiding friendship; the passion a parent has for a child; and the many unlikely ways to build a family. Ultimately it's a story about love and happiness, in their many crooked configurations.

My Thoughts:  As I said, this book was a great read that got my attention right from the get go.  I love the authors honesty and wit about her life. Her life certainly doesn't have the makings of a fairy tale but her ability to power on through tough times will make your heart swell.  It was hard,  often, to read about what she went through with her daughter.  I simply can't imagine what that would be like and my heart ached for her.  How she managed to keep going is a testament to her true grit and the power of love.  I couldn't get enough of Heather Harpham's life and I would highly recommend this powerful and heartwarming read.  You can pick your copy today on Amazon....



Win It!  I am so excited to tell you that one lucky Reviewed by Mom follower will win a copy of Happiness:  A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever!  Thanks to the publisher and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

45 comments:

WendyP said...

I'm with you- cozied up on my couch in my jammies and a hot cup of tea

Edye Nicole said...

Inside in my comfy chair :)

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Ken Ohl said...

out on the porch

Kyla Houchens said...

in my room sitting in the sun

Squince said...

In my comfy bed!

Susan Smoaks said...

in my bed. it's the best.

Barbara Lima said...

In my chair, in front of a space heater, with a big blanket and extra lights.

Marianna said...

in my recliner, in front of the fireplace!

SexyBrat said...

My bed is the warmest, coziest place.

Sunnie said...

I think curled up on the couch with a blanket.

Deborah Wellenstein said...

I like to read in my loft overlooking the living room.

Antoinette M said...

On my couch with my cat curled up next to me.

Les Johnson said...

I enjoy reading on my couch under a fluffy blanket.

Kristen D. said...

Snuggled up with my fuzzy blanket (and dogs!) on the couch <3
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Darlene said...

My favorite spot to read is in my comfy bed.

Karen said...

I love snuggling in my bed :)

brendaelsner said...

My favorite spot to read during the winter is curled up in bed.

Lisa Pecora said...

I like to read on the couch with a cup of tea.

J Brodman said...

In the winter I love to curl up on my couch under my nice warm blanket and enjoy a cup of hot tea while I read. It is so relaxing.

Stephanie said...

I like to read on my couch with my cat curled up on my lap.

Casey Garvey said...

in my lil quiet closet room. A six ft by 3 ft room i claimed for myself

Gabrielly said...

I enjoy reading on my couch.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading on my breaks at work. It helps to de stress my day.

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Anonymous said...

Kinda the same. Couch with a fleece slanket!

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Anonymous said...

On the front porch,, weather permitting.
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Unknown said...

I love to read in a warm bed snuggled with blankets and pillows or in a warm bath with some soaking salts in it. Or on the back porch with all the trees, always relaxed me to the core.

Anonymous said...

In bed with a hot cup of tea.
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Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

I hesitate to admit it, but my usual place to read in any season is in the bathroom, lol! Thanks and God Bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol dot com

gabbyj said...

I like to sit up on the couch in the family room looking out the patio door at the trees.

Abigail Gibson said...

I live in Florida near many beaches and enjoy reading at the beach.

heyjudette said...

In my bed, curled up!

Annmarie Weeks said...

My favorite place to read in the winter is in a nice hot bubble bath!

Melanie said...

In bed with my dog!

Anonymous said...

Bedtime, is fav time for me.

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Saundra McKenzie said...

I also like to sit on the couch which is in front of my windows. My chihuahua Chloe always joins me.

Richard Brandt said...

In a coffee shop with a hot chocolate and no distractions.

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Eileen Boyce said...

On my recliner couch with little slinky pillows around me and a blanket over me.

Jan Lee said...

I read in bed right before I go to sleep, that way I'm always comfortable, warm, and know I'm safe :)

Nancy said...

I also commented on this non-giveaway post: "365 Days of Pinterest: Day 9.... Chicken Pot Pie!".

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Nancy said...

I like to read in bed under the blankets before I go to sleep!

Nancy
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Sand said...

I like to read in bed. It's so comfortable, under all the blankets.

lkw1974 said...

As long as I'm inside and its warm I am ok :)

Philip Lawrence said...

My favroite spot to read in the Winter is in my warm bed.

Trisha McKee said...

My favorite spot is in my bed under my covers. I read every night!