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The Secrets of Happiness

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,408 ratings  ·  223 reviews
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 28th 2016 by Pan
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Rachel and Becca are step-sisters. As a pair they are polar opposites, with Rachel having seemingly made a success of her life as mum and with her career. Becca on the on the other hand has struggled for any such results with failed job ventures and relationships a-plenty. Little do they both know that a near tragic event will bring the two together and force them both to take stock of their lives.

When Rachel goes missing it is up to Becca to take the responsibilty to look after the children unt
Karen Mace
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr, hardback
The Secrets of Happiness is reading a Lucy Diamond book!! And this one doesn't disappoint!!

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
Dale Harcombe
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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
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this tale of 2 (step) sisters - totally different to each other and leading totally seperate lives who are brought together against their will. An engaging family tale with plenty of smiles and laughs. Would recommend.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was this book predictable and slightly formulaic? Yes, sure... Did I love it anyway? Absolutely! I can't say exactly what it was, but I couldn't put this book down. This is some perfect light reading for me-time :)
Suze Lavender
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rachel and Becca are stepsisters. They each live their lives and aren't very close. Rachel is successful, she has a great career and a perfect family. Becca is single and she hasn't been able to find the job that's right for her yet. Rachel doesn't like Becca very much and keeps her distance. That changes when something happens and Rachel doesn't come home one night. Becca gets a call and she tries to be there for Rachel's kids as well as she can until her sister comes back. Then she discovers t ...more
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I loved this story of sisters Becca and Rachel whose lives come together to mend their broken relationship. A family drama with plenty of laughs - especially good on audio.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This was my first Lucy Diamond book and I really enjoyed it. Relatable characters and situations.
Simone Perren
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My friend and work colleague Suzanne lent me this book a while ago and having read it, I'm so glad she did because I have now found a new author I love. Going into this book I would say, you'll love it if you're looking for light-hearted chick-lit style reading with a touch of romance and family. This book doesn't pretend to be more than that and to be honest, it was a refreshing break from some of the more intense books I have read this year.
This book seems to be predominantly focused on Becca
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Chick-lit at its best. Perfect holiday read. Author recommended by a fellow book lover. The lead characters are likeable and parts made me laugh out loud. Looking forward to reading "One night in Italy".
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ooh I don't know why I didn't pick this up earlier. The cover looks pretty, the plot sounded interesting - but the combination somehow made me expect something not-so-good and awfully annoying.

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
Lynne - The Book Squirrel
Don't usually listen to chic lit but quite liked this one!
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Obviously this kind of book isn't an intellectually challenging type of story, but it was nice and well-written and I loved all the little misunderstandings that created all these tensions between Rachel and Becca and Rachel and Wendy. I loved seeing all of those little things being uncovered during the course of the book and uniting those two step-sisters. I enjoyed the beginning where Becca was desperately trying to find her step-sister, while dealing with her kids (whom she hadn't seen in for ...more
Rebecca McAlees
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a real feel good book. The type of book you can relax while reading because it just flows naturally and effortlessly. The book describes normal family life perfectly, it shows the ups, the downs the fights and the reunions. Most importantly the book shows how family life can change because of divorce, neglect or death. But it also shows how to cope with these changes. The characters were amazingly written as I fell in love with all of them. I loved Becca the most because I think I can re ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Lucy Diamond book for the year and it certainly won’t be my last.

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
Meg Mackay
Jun 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t really review books because, effort, but this book was so incredibly rubbish that I feel the need to express all my grumbling to my own GoodReads.

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.

I on
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book, a real treat. Read my first Lucy Diamond book and can’t believe I haven’t read one of hers before.

Great story about 2 step sisters Becca and Rachel. Made me think a lot about relationships and family.
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full of Lucy's trademark warmth, The Secrets Of Happiness is a beautiful story about the bond between sisters, the cost of finding out about your past and the way you don't have to allow it to shape your future. Beautifully written, perfectly paced, another gem from Ms Diamond!
Mrs L E Johnson
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smiles all round

Lovely story of the importance of family, love, listening and parenting techniques. Lots of moments where you give a 'lol' and where you well up. Another beautiful story. Thank you Lucy xxx x
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Enjoyable read with an intriguing start that unfolds to tell the story of two very different (half) sisters and how their individual difficulties shape their lives as they are thrust together through circumstance.
Carolyn  Storer
Unfortunately I found this a bit boring, definitely not as good as the other books I've read/listened to by this author.
Suzanne Maughan
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took a while to get going, but was lovely.
Alison Winter
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book it was heart warming story of two sisters who lived two very different lives but are thrown together. It was laugh out loud in parts, emotional and had likeable characters.
Sarah Flynn
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely light easy read, engaging story and characters, finished it very quickly. Perfect little bit of escapism for a holiday read.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: age 20+
The secrets of happiness is the first Lucy Diamond book I have read and it will not be the last ! The book is about two stepsisters who couldn't be more different from each other and they don't get along at all. After an incident, the younger sister, Becca, has to step into her older sisters footsteps and live her life for some time. Secrets are discovered, problems are solved, connections are made. The two sisters have to get along for the first time in their lives and while trying to do just t ...more
The Secrets of Happiness is one of these books that I picked up merely because of the cover. I know. Don’t judge a book by its cover. But. It is really pretty and actually quite good. So let’s get stuck into the review.

The story follows Becca and her sister Rachel through a summer that will change both of their lives.

Becca is somehow stuck. She is living in a tiny flat with her roommate Meredith and working in a Pub. Her jewelry business forgotten and no good men on the horizon. All in all, she
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Meet Rachel and Becca, two step-sisters who are estranged, however when life throws them a curveball they have no idea how it will all turn out. We initially meet Rachel as she makes her way somewhere but the reader has no idea what she is planning on doing. Then we get introduced to Becca Rachel's step-sister who didn't seem to have much direction in life. Becca is called by Rachel's babysitter to say the kids haven't been collected and although it is strange that Becca was called, she decides ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, read-2017
The main protagonists in this book are Rachel and Becca, who are step-sisters, about eight years apart in age, and not particularly close. The story covers just a few weeks, as Becca gets unexpectedly involved in Rachel’s family, and becomes very fond of her three very different children.

What I liked best about this book was the characterisation. The contrast between Rachel and Becca is nicely drawn; they grew up in the same household but have very different values. The children, too are realis
Bev Taylor
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a brand new life can be just around the corner ......

rachel appeared to have it all but appearances can be deceptive

she doesn't come home to hereford one night and her stepsister becca is called to look after the 3 children whilst they try and locate her

she is found in a hospital in birmingham after being mugged and fell hard onto the pavement breaking her jaw and wrist and concussion

after her husband left her she started her own training business which obviously she cannot do now as she will
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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 Lucy Diamond on Amazon who writes religious children’s books. That isn’t me, though.)