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Redesigning Happiness

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Witty, sharply-observed, and warmly wise, Nita Brooks' debut novel tells the heartfelt story of a suddenly successful single mother who finds her perfectly-designed, fame-bound life upended by a surprise from the past . . .

It wasn't easy for Yvonne Cable to get over a heartbreaking relationship and revamp her life. But now the once-broke single mom is Atlanta's most sought
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Dafina Books
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Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Please note that I received this book for free via NetGalley. This did not impact my rating or review.

So this book definitely needed a lot more development with the core characters and better writing in general. Yvonne and her "feelings" for the father of her son, Richard, was not believable. Heck her being in a relationship with Nathan didn't feel believable. I also had a hard time believing that Yvonne was supposedly a sought after designer with tv offers. We get one scene where she meets a cl
Monica **can't read fast enough**
This is a quick readable story, but unfortunately not one that I enjoyed as much as I had hoped to. I never seemed to get fully immersed in the story or characters. Sometimes I just don't connect with a story and that seems to have been the case with this one.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The lesson I learned from reading this book is to not let a preponderance of low reviews prematurely skew my very own opinion.

Because, Whoa Nelly, this book has soap-opera level drama of epic proportions. And I LOVED IT!

Yvonne and Richard had a brief, intense affair several years ago that ended when Richard felt duty-bound to go back to his fiancée (who he had just broken up with the night he met Yvonne). When Yvonne later discovered she was pregnant and Richard wouldn’t even talk to her, she to
Nadine Jones
This was okay. Slow to start, but it became interesting once Richard showed up, and Yvonne had to balance a lot of conflicting needs from all the people in her life. I was prepared to dislike Richard, because I tend to dislike infidelity storylines, but I liked him a lot. Nathan was written to be very controlling, so I didn’t like him, but it wasn’t his fault, the author made him that way! (And I resented that - this would have been a stronger story if Nathan wasn’t written to be a controlling i ...more
Natalya | TheIslandReader
I'll be honest, I saw that the main character, Yvonne, was an interior designer and it piqued my interest almost immediately. My HGTV loving heart was happy.

Yvonne Cable's life is on the upswing. Her career is booming, her son is healthy, and she's recently engaged to a great man, contractor Nathan Lange. These two met on a show and became a ratings hit and a home improvement dream. They're on the cusp of more fame when Yvonne's ex-boyfriend and her son's father, Richard, reappears in her life w
Kayla (kaylasbookishlife)
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Redesigning Happiness by Nita Brooks is not my normal go to read but, I wanted to try a contemporary adult romance just to see if it’s a genre I would read more of. The answer is NO, but my choice to read romance willing has nothing to the with the writing of the book, it’s just romance in novels can get cheesy and the story line can be very predictable.

With that being said, single mother and raising star in interior designer Yvonne Cable has become engaged to Nathan Lange, a home improvement T
Angel Hatfield
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Yvonne Cable grinned at the feature on her latest design. The picture below the headline was the completed home office for her latest client. After clawing her way through Atlanta’s cutthroat interior design community, in Atlanta Life magazine was the coveted crown. She created perfection for her clients, a haven in their hectic lives. She had an organized whiteboard in her office. The board served as a quick reference to where she was and what she needed to do next. Her new project was the the ...more
Mrs. Varela
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Smileitsjoy (JoyMelody)
So, i really wanted to love this book.
I got this book from publishers in return for an honest review.
I give it three stars. Not because it wasn't good because it was decent; however, nothing stood out to me.
There were a few lines that i snapped my fingers to "women need to realize that they are the prize!"
But everything else was just average.
I commend Brooks for attempting to write a family drama but I think it fell flat too many times.
I imagined there being more discussion about Yvonne's
Pauline Knox
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Yvonne had her heart broken and life shattered by Richard Barrington III abandoning her and the child she was carrying. She moved back home to Atlanta and put the time behind her, never telling anyone about her son’s father. Now six years on she’s a successful interior designer and engaged to Nathan. They’re considered a local celebrity couple after being on Celebrity Housewives together and are looking to do a tv show together...and Richard Barrington III owns the tv network that wants to make ...more
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Really enjoyed the first half of this book. Yvonne appeared to be a strong woman who had been through some emotional trials and not only survived but forged ahead to put her life on track including being a successful businesswoman and single mom. But the second half was so disappointing. She agreed to marry Nathan when every indication was that she wasn't sure this was what she wanted. Richard returns and she comes unglued. She sent mixed signals to both men while she wavered back and forth. I d ...more
MidnightAce Book Bar
The cover and the fact it was a new author had me excited to steal away with this one.

Redesigning Happiness is a debut novel by Nita Brooks and it gives us a love triangle of sorts with lots of twists of half-truth, secrets and betrayals.

As we begin the journey, we celebrate Yvonne, a single mother with the passion of redesigning homes. Of course, it wasn’t an easy walk for her, but she beats the odds. Nathan is immediately drawn to her and wants to break his no relationship rule. He wastes no
Wendy W
Yvonne Cable is a newly engaged single Mom on top of the world. Both she and her fiancé have the opportunity for their own home improvement show. Just when the world is her oyster, Richard Barrington III reenters her life. Barrington and Yvonne had a prior relationship that resulted in a child.. Barrington has just discovered that he has a son. Richard's return brings doubts and confusion for Yvonne. Is Richard really her past? Or should she stick with a sure thing that she thinks she has in Nat ...more
Wendy W
An ARC was provided through Net Galley.
Yvonne Cable is a newly engaged single Mom on top of the world. Both she and her fiancé have the opportunity for their own home improvement show. Just when the world is her oyster, Richard Barrington III reenters her life. Barrington and Yvonne had a prior relationship that resulted in a child.. Barrington has just discovered that he has a son. Richard's return brings doubts and confusion for Yvonne. Is Richard really her past? Or should she stick with a su
Renée | Book Girl Magic
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a cute story! It resonates with me because Yvonne, the main character is a single mom. She’s newly engaged to her fiancé Nathan and they’re about to start filming an HGTV type of show together, showcasing their lives. BUT Yvonne has a secret. While most think her sons dad has just up and disappeared, the truth is, he never knew Yvonne was pregnant due to his dad paying her off to be removed from his sons life for forever.

Richard, 6 years later finds out this kept secret due to some unf
Kathleen Gray
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yvonne thinks she's got it all together and that well, she's got it all. She's got a great kid, a great job, and a new romance with Nathan. They're making must-see tv together and when he proposes, she's happy about that too. Then, Richard, the father of her son and the man who broke her heart turns up and wants to buy the show. She ever told Richard he was a dad and so there's some drama to work through. Who does Yvonne end up with? There's a bit more angst about relationships here than usual b ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I enjoyed Redesigning Happiness by Nita Brooks. The story was well told and the characters were all very interesting. There were twists and turns and it kept my interest. I will read more books by this author!

Thank you Goodreads giveaways and the publisher for and advanced copy of this book. This is my honest review.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable book. It had just enough angst to keep you engaged with all that is going on to keep you entertained.

Following Yvonne’s having to choose between her past and present was a rollercoaster ride I think you will enjoy.

Aug 29, 2019 added it
I started reading the first couple pages and realized that I was non-committal about the character. Then I read the last page and was glad I didn't read the whole book. I'm content with knowing what I know and can move on. I won't leave a bad review because I didn't read the entire book.
Amanda Yates
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very cool book! Who doesn’t love a boss babe who doesn’t have it all figured out but works for understanding every day? The main character is driven, focused and relatable.
Shannan Harper
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
It did seem to drag at times, but it was a clean read, which I really enjoyed about it. I wouldn't consider it a romance, because I didn't get the feel of a HEA. Overall it's an enjoyable read, and I will be looking for more from this author
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have very little to say about this book.

I requested this because I found the whole interior designer bit interesting. And who doesn't like a good second-chance romance?

Sadly, there was very little on Yvonne's job as an interior designing. Rather, it was used as some sort of a plot device to set up the romance. But this is a protagonist who's supposed to be a popular interior designer with a TV show on the pipeline. So I was hoping to see her do more interior designing. 

Yvonne's a single mother
Shavonna Futrell
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Redesigning Happiness is about a successful single mother, Yvonne Cable is a successful designer who is working hard to make a life for her and her son, Nathan Lewis a celebrity she meet in a TV reality show has proposed and Yvonne accepted and now they are the media’s hottest power couple and very sought after. One of the major networks that is bidding for their show is the father of her son who did not know he had a son. How will all this play out?

This was a predictable story line andI was hop
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