The Secrets of Happiness
The Secrets of Happiness is an extraordinary tale of sisterhood, from Lucy Diamond author of The Beach Cafe.
The best things in life . . . can be just around the corner
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...more
When Rachel mysteriously disappears one night it is up to Becca to take the responsibility to look after the children until their mother returns home. It is a completely different lifestyle for Becca and a ...more
When Rachel goes missing it is up to Becca to take the responsibilty to look after the children unt ...more
Becca and Rachel are step-sisters and circumstances have meant their 'sister' bond hasn't always been the strongest, so when Rachel mysteriously disappears one night totally out of character and so Auntie Becca is called in to take care of Rachels' children until Rachel can be found. It's a completely different lifestyle for Becca who has never really settled in anyone place or job, and so she soon finds t ...more
I was interested enough in this book from the beginning. It is the story of two stepsisters who are as different as they can be, and who have virtually no time for each other. That changes when Rachel is injured in a mugging and Becca is called upon to help out and care for Rachels's two children and later, Rachel, when she comes home from hospital. Becca begins to see Rachel's life is not as perfect as she thought a ...more
This book seems to be predominantly focused on Becca ...more
Well, wrong. It turned out to have a perfect storyline with a really great dosage of crisis, problems, turns, lovestory and personal development, 'antagonist' etc. Not too much or too less of everything.
Once or twice I expected unnecessary conflicts due to unnecessarily bad communication between two chara ...more
Like most of her work, this is a delightful, casual read - though casual might not be the right word, since it implies that her books don’t have wonderful characters, that her plots don’t hook you and drag you along, and that her writing isn’t full of charm (which it most definitely is). It’s more that her stories all deal with down-to-earth issues, that her characters are the same kind of people you’d run into a ...more
I thought the first half was great and it was quite scary what happened to Rachel; being injured in hospital miles away from home and having no idea who is looking after your kids. When my kids were younger this was one of those nightmare situations I dreaded.
Becca is a great character and I warmed to her more than troubled Rachel. She deserves a book of her own. I liked how she got to know Rachel’s children properly and not as she said, through orga ...more
This book was literally just unlikable, unambitious (and kind of chavvy) characters and the telling of their incredibly uneventful, uninteresting everyday lives. I also got the idea that the author was trying and failing miserably at making this novel funny by the way she wrote the dialogue, however, P.S.A. this novel was not funny. At all.
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First of all, a confession. My name isn’t really Lucy Diamond at all, it’s Sue Mongredien. I’ve used a pen name because ‘Diamond’ is a lot easier to spell and pronounce than ‘Mongredien’ and also because I’ve written lots of children’s books too and wanted to keep the genres separate. (There is actually another Lu ...more