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Happy People Read and Drink Coffee

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  12,042 ratings  ·  1,575 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Hachette Books (first published March 2013)
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Caroline Jenkins
Aug 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book cover and title (and some rave reviews) were what appealled to me. It started so well... on a very dramatic note for the main character (Parisian librarian who lost husband and young daughter in a car crash...). The story line was promising (she decided to go and live in Ireland to grieve). When she gets there, you start to hope that there won't be too many clichés... But it's all there: cottage on the seaside, wind and rain, (over)friendly landlords, the tall, dark stranger with rugged ...more
Caro the Helmet Lady
This review is dedicated to Sad Sunday. Let our torches burn bright!

Who let the Bad Bitch out? Agnès Martin-Lugand did! Well, she definitely shouldn't, because now her book will be burned with napalm. Mwahaha!

Ok, I'm not really in the mood to rip it to pieces as I was yesterday (sad, huh?), so I will just put a more or less objective review here and explain why I'm giving it just 1 star (hey, lets call it Death Star), when there's already basically Audrey Tautou on the cover (which is absolutely
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Veronica ⭐️
May 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-u, 2016
2.5 stars I think something got lost in translation.

When Diane loses her husband and daughter in a tragic accident her world is shattered. On year on she is still a complete wreck. Felix, her oldest friend, comes everyday to clean up around her and try and coax her back to some semblance of life. Diane decides to go to Ireland as her husband Colin once mentioned he would like to go there. Her idea is to get away from family and friends and to be left alone to wallow in her grief. However the
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Suzanne
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very indulgent easy read, which I enjoyed on a long weekend interstate. I enjoyed the story of Diane and her overcoming of grief after her husband and only child die in a car accident. Diane owns a literary cafe and this is where the title comes in to play. The sentences are very short, this was noticeable in the translation, but in a way it was suited to the easy read. Diane takes off to Ireland on a whim after suffering at home for a year after the tragedy, using this time to try ...more
Dale Harcombe
Jul 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the title of this book and was so looking forward to reading it. The title comes from the name of the literary café in Paris which Diane, the main character owns. I started the book eagerly and by page eight I was teary, sympathising with Diane after the death of her husband and daughter. I looked forward to seeing how she would handle this tragic double loss. Sadly, this is where the story started to go downhill for me. Diane cocoons herself in grief, ignoring loved ones who try to help ...more
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I've seen some blatant false packaging before - I've seen Sarah Huckabee Sanders's press conferences - but this book takes the cake. The title and bright cover with primary hues make you think you're getting some adorable little chick-lit book that's probably set in either New York
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Deborah
May 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'd heard some not-good things about this book but decided to brave it nonetheless. And enjoyed the beginning.

Diane's pain following the death of her husband and daughter felt very real. I liked Felix - her longtime bestie and rather-slack bookshop colleague.

Although Diane's 32, we get the message very clearly - she's been pampered and has no idea how life works. She moved from her parent's to her husband. And he did everything. Except buy her a shop. And her parents did that.

When Diane
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Melissa
This book caught my eye because of the cover - even though I don't drink coffee, I do read and it makes me happy!

This was an interesting story about healing after loss. Diane loses her husband and daughter in a car accident and is lost in a deep depression. A year after their deaths, Diane decides to move to Ireland. There she meets Edward, and fighting with him starts the healing process.

This book wasn't what I expected, and I'm glad that it didn't end up in the way most of the "finding
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Annika
Feb 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Diane loses her husband and daughter in an accident, halting everything in her life. A year later, she sets out to live in Ireland, to rebuild her life, to move on.

The beginning is really jarring but probably the best part of the story. The novel moves really quickly, and sometimes it's quite dialogue-heavy.
Although it's not exactly a me-book, it may appeal to people who like their stories to be emotional, short, and quick to read. I felt like I didn't quite know the characters, but maybe that's
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Joanne
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to live this book and simply couldn't. Diane and the perfect life until her husband and daughter die in an accident. If ever there was a setup for a main character you should feel sorry for and empathize with this is it. Sadly this is not the case. Diane is so unlikeable and at time out right nasty to those around her you just don't care. And seriously if I had to read the word cigarette again I think I would have burst into flames myself.
Deborah Ideiosepius
This was an enjoyable, well written little novel, but it was not quite what I expected from the title, the cover. The title references a 'literary cafe' in Paris which our leading lady, Diane co-owns with her best friend Felix.

In fact though, the cafe which intrigued me and the title which convinced me to acquire the book; well, they were not really present in the novel at all.

The story starts with the aforementioned Diane, who is a mess, having lost her beloved husband and child in a car
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Kate
Life was good for Diane. She had a thriving literary cafe with a business partner she loved and a family she adored. But when her husband and daughter die tragically, a part of Diane died with them. After a year of closing herself up in her house and refusing to go back to her former life, Diane moves to the Irish coast to try and move on without the memories of her loved ones haunting her. With a nosy landlady and surly neighbour, Irish life is not what Diane expected but it might just be what ...more
Silver Lining
Well i don't even know what the fuck i've just read. The whole package of clichés?? Probably. An awful attempt to make me feel sympaphy for a non-logical selfish female lead with tragic past?? Definetely. A story centered on a poorly developed romantic relationship i had no fucking chance to care about since it was a rushed piece of garbage?? No doubt. Oh plus the ending sucks too 'cause the author tried SO HARD to push the idea that the female lead had to accept her past and let go and only ...more
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
Everything about this book attracted me instantly! The title and cover are so pretty. Diane is a woman still in her prime, she owned this cute bookstore cafe called "Happy People" and was married to the love of her life Colin and they had a daughter called Clara, they lived in one of my favorite cities "Paris" and had it all, until Colin and Clara die in a car accident, and Diane is completely broken. A year passes, she hits 30, her best friend and partner in Happy People, Felix tries to get her ...more
Maria
Aug 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t think I will ever be able to forget reading the first couple of pages of Happy People Read and Drink Coffee by Agnès Martin-Lugand. I must confess I took quite a long break from this book after reading the first chapter. I had to close it and I only opened it again a few weeks later. I felt as if I had been thrown into a bottomless tub filled with ice cubes. At first the cold is almost reassuring; it seems to highlight your senses, reminding you that you are utterly alive. Then arrives ...more
Kate S
Dec 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I loved the title of this book. Unfortunately, the story itself left me flat. I felt like the same scene was played out over and over again and I do not understand why anyone could like Diane or Edward. I was hopeful for the literary cafe and the potential for character growth, but it was just not there for me.
Laura Rash
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fabulous read! Anxious to read the sequel!!
Maja
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can't decide should I give this book 1 star or 5 stars. It left me with dry eyes and emotional exhaustion. I love it - until the last 20 pages if the book. The ending made no sense to me.
I just hate when author leaves me with an open ending. I want clean cut, happy or bad ending. Then I can move on with my life. Now I will spend days thinking about this book.
Overall, this is not a bad book but you may get disapointed in the end. :) Ps. You will cry, a lot!
Gabriela
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A heartbreaking story of love and living, rediscovery of the self and letting go of the past. Diane is a strong person, yet even the strongest succumb to the depths of mourning someone dear. And it takes time and willingness to move forward, it takes a whole lot of change to accept life with new meanings.
I liked the melancholy and the clean easy writing style.
Maggie61
I received this book free from net galley in exchange for an honest review.
I devoured this little book in one sitting on a lazy Sunday sunny afternoon on the deck swing. It's not a long book but to me it packed a wallop.
Diane's life as she knew it, had been destroyed. She's been sheltered by everyone around her; first from her parents, then her husband and best friend Felix. She co owns a literary cafe in Paris with Felix and her life with her husband and daughter Clara seems just about
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Lisa
Jul 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
I liked the title, the cover and the premise; but the writing was awful!
Martipaan
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book initially started with the drama of a married woman who just lost her daughter and husband. The description was absolutely beautiful about her grief and her pain. You can feel her sadness and desperation in the lines as you read the book.

So, this book had two of my loved elements: France and Ireland. In my mind, two different worlds, France a noisy, full of people rushing to the streets world and Ireland, the quiet and calm place from this earth. Her choosing to leave Paris, for
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Blodeuedd Finland
This was a short emotional read. Diane is a wreck, it has been a year since she lost her husband and child. Her business, a cafe-bookstore is falling to pieces (yes maybe not trust your partner to hold the reins). But then again she does not care about anything. And I understand, her life fell to pieces. It's hard to pick yourself up again and start living.

So she goes to Ireland. Awww, awesome choice there. I would love to visit Ireland and it was amusing when she saw the differences between
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Margi
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh dear....this was a short novel that didn't have much substance and I'm glad it's finished and I wouldn't recommend it. You didn't really get to know or warm to the characters and I think this is one over-rated book.
AdiTurbo
Enjoyable enough, a modern French take on romance with a Darcy kind of man, a quick read, a lovely location in rural Ireland - what's not to like?
Julia Hasch
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good romance story. Very easy to read. Can’t wait for the second part.
Rikke
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, romance
I picked this up without researching it first, barely even looking at its synopsis. It was the title that drew me in, Happy People Read and Drink Coffee – honestly, what could be more perfect than that?

But as it turned out, the title was the best thing about the book; covering for a story that was an utter cliché. This book is, in theory, a love story in the aftermath of loss. But the story barely scratches the surface of the subjects of love or loss. It's not profound, and yet it isn't
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Alina Maria Ciobanu
I bought this novel as a "blind date with a book", having only a few clues about what I was going to read. I was excited when I saw the title -- "Happy people read and drink coffee", which I later found out to represent the name of the main character's literary cafe in Paris. There were quite a lot of cliches, but it was altogether an enjoyable, easy read.
Bree T
Winter is slowly arriving here and last week I had about an hour and a bit to spare before I had to leave to pick up my son. It was a sunny day so inside it was lovely and warm and I had a recliner perfectly positioned to catch the most sun and I picked up this book to help pass the time before I needed to leave. To my surprise, I finished it in that hour – it’s an engrossing read, equal parts fascinating and sad.

Diane is a year past losing her family – her husband and young daughter and she
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Agnès Martin-Lugand (born Saint-Malo) is a French writer of novels. A psychology major, she turned towards writing and published her first novel, Les gens heureux lisent et boivent du café (Happy People Read and Drink Coffee), as a self-edition via Amazon's Kindle platform on December 2012. Rapidly noticed by literary bloggers close to the self-publishing medium, she was approached by Florian ...more
“Tous ces vacanciers tassés les uns contre les autres sur une minuscule plage, ou en train de se battre en tenue de soirée devant le buffet, horrifiés à l'idée que le voisin ronfleur ne vole la dernière saucisse, ces gens heureux d'avoir été enfermés une dizaine d'heures dans une carlingue avec des gamins braillards autour d'eux, tout ça me donnait envie de vomir.” 2 likes
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