- Title: Something Like Happy
- Author: Eva Woods
- Genre: Contemporary Fiction
- Pages: 432
- Published: September 2017 – Graydon House Books
- Source: Publisher; Little Bird Publicity
Description: Annie Hebden is stuck. Stuck in her boring job, with her irritating roommate, in a life no thirty-five-year-old would want. But deep down, Annie is still mourning the terrible loss that tore a hole through the perfect existence she’d once taken for granted—and hiding away is safer than remembering what used to be. Until she meets the eccentric Polly Leonard.
Bright, bubbly, intrusive Polly is everything Annie doesn’t want in a friend. But Polly is determined to finally wake Annie up to life. Because if recent events have taught Polly anything, it’s that your time is too short to waste a single day—which is why she wants Annie to join her on a mission…
One hundred days. One hundred new ways to be happy. Annie’s convinced it’s impossible, but so is saying no to Polly. And on an unforgettable journey that will force her to open herself to new experiences—and perhaps even new love with the unlikeliest of men—Annie will slowly begin to realize that maybe, just maybe, there’s still joy to be found in the world. But then it becomes clear that Polly’s about to need her new friend more than ever…and Annie will have to decide once and for all whether letting others in is a risk worth taking.
With wry wit and boundless heart, Eva Woods delivers an unforgettable tale of celebrating triumphs great and small, seizing the day, and always remembering to live in the moment. (publisher)
My take: Eva Woods’ novel about two people trying to live life to the fullest engaged me from the first page. Polly doesn’t have long to live and Annie’s life became very small a few years earlier. It’s a heartfelt and emotional story that I found difficult to put down. These two unlikely pals, who wouldn’t have met if life had been different, find a way to make peace with their lot in life by crossing items off their hundred days list. There were laugh-out-loud moments and times that had me reaching for a tissue. Polly and Annie’s experiences reminded me to appreciate the little things as well as the huge events in life. I’m very glad I had the chance to read Something Like Happy and recommend it to fans of contemporary fiction. It’s going on my 2017 Favorites list.
About the author:
Eva Woods was inspired to write SOMETHING LIKE HAPPY after surviving her own brush with cancer and the breakdown of her marriage. Raised in a small village in Northern Ireland, Woods now lives in London, where she teaches creative writing and regularly contributes to Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire UK, xoJane, and other publications. She writes crime fiction as Claire McGowan.
Photo credit: Jamie Drew
Praise for Something Like Happy:
“A great option for fans of Graeme Simsion, Gabrielle Zevin and Marian Keyes.” — Library Journal on Something Like Happy
“Filled with beautiful life lessons of love, loss, friendship, and forgiveness, Something Like Happy is a perfect feel good read. A warm, funny, thoughtful novel, packed with heart and charged with emotion.” – Lori Nelson Spielman, #1 Bestselling author of The Life List
“Page-turning.” – The Guardian
“A knockout new talent you should read immediately.” – Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Warm, witty and lots of fun—a fantastic new voice in women’s fiction.” – Melissa Hill, author of Something From Tiffany’s
“Frothy, smart, and unashamedly fun.” – Heat Magazine
SOMETHING LIKE HAPPY
On Sale: September 2017
$26.99 U.S. / $29.99 CAN. Hardcover ISBN-13: 9781525811357
20 thoughts on “Something Like Happy by Eva Woods”
I definitely cannot ignore one of your 2017 favorites!
I love a book that entertains while making a good point.
It certainly did highlight the importance of appreciating life.
I hope the author continues to write contemporary fiction – I think she has a gift.
Could totes read it 🙂
That cover looked familiar so I thought I might have this but no such luck. It sounds terrific!
It really is a terrific read, Kathy.
I can feel how Polly would be annoying, but she is definitely the person to bring someone out of her doldrums. I like the sound of this one. Thanks, Mary!
Oh yes, and then Annie discovered that to truly know Polly is to love her.
Adding to my list.
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Oh my– going on my list asap because I just found out that Eva Woods is a/k/a Claire McGowan, one of my favorite Irish crime fiction authors! What a change-up for her! Thanks Mary, for a good review.
Oh good to know about the crime fiction. As you probably noticed I don’t read a lot of that genre but I’d give one of hers a try after enjoying this contemporary fiction novel so much. Thanks for stopping by, Rita!
Now I really can’t wait to read it.
This would be another of those great ‘in between’ books for me, so I have definitely made a note of it.
I also think I have read one of Eva’s crime thrillers, as written by Claire. As I enjoyed that book, it would be good to see how her style of writing transcends the genres.
Thanks for sharing and for your thoughtful comments 🙂
I agree, Yvonne, and now am tempted to give one of her crime fiction books a try!
Another one I’m adding to my list. You’re on a roll!
I loved this one too! It was more serious than I expected it to be in someways but so good! Glad you enjoyed it!
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