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The Little Village of Happiness

(The Happiness #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  2,391 ratings  ·  188 reviews
Fall head-over-heels in love with the beautiful new novel from bestselling author Holly Martin and let The Little Village of Happiness warm your heart and make your spirits soar.

Willow McKay needs a fresh start. Her recent break-up may not have left her heartbroken but it’s certainly wounded her pride. Desperate to escape the whispers and stares of her town’s gossips, an a
Paperback, 381 pages
Published July 5th 2019 by Sunshine, Seaside & Sparkles (first published June 18th 2019)
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Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

It’s been a while since I picked up a Holly Martin book and The Little Village of Happiness is up there as one of my favourites from her.

description I think, sometimes, you meet someone who is worth breaking all the rules for. And sometimes you meet someone who is worth waiting for however long it takes for them to realise it too.”

With every ingredient you could possibly want from a summer romance, from humour to passion and a smattering of drama, this is one of those books that just leaves y
Dash fan
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5☆ A Heart Warming, Uplifting Summer Page Turner!

The Little Village of Happiness is a gorgeous feel good uplifting, warm, story that you won't want to put down!

I adore Holly's books and once again she has written a Gem of a book with loveable characters.
I have just come home from a holiday in Cornwall and this was the perfect holiday read!

Willow is recovering from a break up, and what better way to get over her Ex than with a new project.
Which happens to come around just at the right time.

Whispering Stories
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Willow McKay recently broke up with her boyfriend Garry after four years together. She’s not upset that they split but more humiliated by the local resident’s reaction to the news and the pity looks they keep giving her. Needing to get away she sees an offer for a year’s free rent and a shop in the ‘Village of Happiness’, an offer to good to miss.

Willow packs her bags and her car and heads to the village but when she arrives it looks nothing like the lea
Floor Flawless

This book was not my cup of tea. From the start the writing didn't vibe with me and then the deafness rep just felt sooo unnatural to me (I have a deaf sister and I am deaf on 1 ear myself). I mean HIDING your deafness is impossible. It's a disablity that's hard to hide. And also your language/grammar is very different when you're deaf. Even when you became deaf later on, language will be harder for you as you don't use specific words in sign language anymore and sentences are quite different
Robin Loves Reading
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Willow McKay has had a recent break-up. She is not exactly heartbroken, but she really needed a fresh start. When she sees an enticing ad, she decides to uproot her life and start anew in a picturesque village called Happiness. However, when she arrives she discovers that the village is far from gorgeous. As a matter of fact, it is falling apart and doesn't even have a lot of residents.

Meeting the new estate manager, Andrew Harrington, a man she is definitely drawn to, slowly
Rachel Gilbey
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holly Martin is a romantic genius - what an absolute gem of a book this is.

I mean you know you are onto a winner, when you meet Willow, who has decided on a whim to relocate her life to a little Cornish village. It's a privately owned village that is trying to bring itself back to be a full thriving community, with the best name ever - Happiness.

That's right the setting for this book is literally a picturesque village called Happiness, what more could you want.

Well how about a village handyma
Hannah Clarke (Love Books Actually)
Another corker of a book by the wonderful Holly Martin. Holly is my go to for an easy feel good read and I was hooked from the first chapter of her new book The Little Village of Happiness. I loved it!

If someone offered you a year of living rent free in a beautiful village would you take it? Willow McKay grabbed this opportunity of a fresh start with both hands, after a recent break up Willow decides a new beginning is in order and packs her bags and heads to the beautiful Cornish coast. The adv
Kelly Thomas
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of Holly Martin and am so grateful for the opportunity to have been able to read this ahead of publication. (Publication 5th July)

I was completely absorbed into this story from the very beginning. I felt from the start that I was right there in the village of Happiness.

I loved the characters of Willow and Andrew, especially Andrew. I liked the fact that he was so relatable, as well as making people aware of a condition that most probably don’t have much understanding of. They had
Melanie’s reads
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I started reading Holly’s books as a break from all the psychological thrillers I usually read. You need a little light when you are surrounded by dark after all. But this is like a sports arena’s floodlight, banishing all darkness and filling you with absolute joy.

Not only is the setting quaint and charming, the villagers are delightful. How could I not fall in love with Happiness alongside the wonderful Willow.

And as for Andrew the handyman, the chemistry between him and Willow sings off the p
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Look, if you want a romantic story which is pretty much set out from the start, with insta love, which they keep going on about how it has only been a week but they can't help it, with way more sex scenes than I ever expected this to have (which felt wrong, in so many ways, almost like catching your parents at it), with absolutely nothing unexpected at all, with no actual problems in the story to make interesting arcs, and your standard collection of supporting small village characters,
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
You are probably thinking, of course it is a Holly Martin book, she loved it. And I did... but this one took some time to grow on me.  With other books by Holly I am mostly captivated by the story from the very first lines... The Little Village of Happiness took me a while longer to really connect with.

I think the location plays a big part in my "connection" problems and I keep on wondering if Holly did it on purpose.  In the story we follow Willow to a privatly owned village on the Cornish coas
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I always get so excited when I start a new Holly Martin novel. There's a sense of magic and pure romance and when you read them you feel all warm and cosy inside. They're quick and easy to read stories which I always find myself enjoying and not able to put it down! This one in particular caught my interest as I loved the books title and also the synopsis sounded really interesting, as well as this I thought the cover was absolutely beautiful and I couldn't wait to get stuck in!

I thought that th
Nicola Clough
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't rate this book enough it a brilliant and fantastic read and didn't want it to end as so brilliant. Such a heartwarming read and full of romance and plenty of happiness and friendship all set in a beautiful countryside and you believe you are transported there as so amazing. Worth far more than five stars and highly recommend anyone to read this.
Amber has split from her boyfriend and needs a fresh start she sees an advert to have a cottage in Cornwall free for a year and she can run her
I absolutely loved this - it put a smile on my face from start to finish! Mind you, that's what I usually find with books by this talented author - I've loved all that I've read by her.

After seeing an advert offering free accommodation and a shop for a year in the village of Happiness, Willow just couldn't resist. However, when she arrives she's disappointed to discover so much of the village is abandoned, dilapidated and in dire need of a makeover. The cottage she's been given, however is delig
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Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think Holly Martin would be able to write a book I loved more than her previous one, The Summer Of Chasing Dreams, but she's gone and done it!

The Little Village Of Happiness is another wonderfully cosy book that'll have you hooked from the very beginning. Main character Willow decides on a whim to move to a "village in progress", packing everything up and leaving her old life behind. Unfortunately the village isn't the haven she needed, however she gets more than she bargained for when
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘I think, sometimes, you meet someone who is worth breaking all the rules for.’ He pulled back slightly to look her in the eyes. ‘And sometimes you meet someone who is worth waiting for however long it takes for them to realise it too.’


‘I think I’d wait an eternity for you Willow McKay.’

... are the reasons why I love a Holly Martin book!!!

Holly KNOWS how to write the swoony, romantic heroes that you cannot help but fall in love with! They know the perfect things to say and do! She als
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Such a happy and upbeat book!
Even though the concept isn’t anything new, it was nicely done. I love stories that take place in little villages like Happiness. Add an ancient castle in the mix and I’m feeling like I’m somewhere in France or England exploring and being on vacation.
The plot is pretty straightforward and nothing unexpected happens, but that doesn’t take away the joy from reading.
It’s a very quick and easy book and perfect for me to read inbetween big, plot-heavy fantasy books.
I’m lo
Shelleen Toland
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Willow got engaged one day and the next day her fiance broke it off. But she wasn't heartbroken and realized it was for the best. But with everyone giving her pity and feeling bad for her she decides to take off and start a new life. She read about Village of Happiness and decided it sounded good and the pics looked great, Rent is free for 1 year and she decided to expand her online candle business into a store. But when Willow gets there she is in for a surprise. It is all in ruins.
Then she mee
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As always, Holly Martin has written another stinking adorable book.

After her breakup and needing a new fresh start, Willow heads to the village of Happiness after seeing a beautiful advertisement. If she can start up a small business, she can stay rent free. When she arrives, she sees the shambles that the village is in, but she doesn’t let that get her down.

Andrew, our hero, is the villages handyman and shows Willow her new cottage. Him and Willow have an instant connection, but both have swo
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

We follow Willow McKay he is desperate for a fresh start and hopes to find it in a village called Happiness. Happiness is located on the Cornish coast, has a castle and looks very pretty on adverts. She is surprised however, when she arrives it’s not like she’d imagined. Maybe the adverts were a bit misleading.

Willow is a candle maker and I really liked her from the start. She has a bubbly personality and I loved following her aroun
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, dutch, 2021
I'm surprised that this book has such high score here. I thought it disappointing, there is hardly a story. The idea of the village, how it develops and how Willow settles, is nice. It's just when Andrew comes into picture and Willow develops a crush on him (and vice versa). I don't need to be reminded every two sentences how handsome, sweet, strong, whatever the person is. It gets tedious. The story picks up a bit towards the end, but by that time I had already given up and only wanted to finis ...more
Jackie King
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ahh this is a real feel good book, loved the characters and storyline, cant wait to read the next book by the author. This book had me hooked almost from the first page and I didn't want to put it down, I was caught up in their story. ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This serie is really sweet!
Emma Star Crossed Reviews
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Holly for my copy of this book and for letting me take part in this tour. I love Holly's writing and I just had to read her latest book.

In this story, we follow Willow as she finds her feet in her new home. Willow is in need of a fresh start and has just moved to Happiness. Happiness is a sm
Swatilekha Mukherjee

Uplifting and emotional journey. Beautiful descriptions. I could literally see the village. It has a very positive note to it.

Willow and Andrew are very well drawn. I have also read the 'the gift of happiness'
The two books connect so well.

Thoroughly enjoyed :)
Christine Davies
Feel Good Read

What a lovely book. I couldn’t put it down & now I want to know more. Highly recommended easy, feel good read.
Maryline M's Bookshelf
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review was first published at M's Bookshelf

Ah Holly, you've go and done it again. How easily you make me fall in love with yet another wonderful town its colourful characters.

Willow must be one of my favourite female leads in a romance novel to date. She has a great sense of humor that had me smiling throughout and a very loving and caring nature. Something about her just made me click with her instantly. I'm usually head of over heals for Holly's male leads after just a couple of chapters.
Joanne D'Arcy
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Willow needs to start again with her life and what better place than somewhere called Happiness. 

The little village in Cornwall needs people and in return for a years free rent for both accommodation and shop, Willow sees it as the perfect opportunity to escape from the gossip of her town and to lick her wounds from being dumped the day after getting engaged. 

However, Happiness is not all it seems. 

The advertisement was far from the truth, crumbling cottages, unkempt gardens and not a very frien
Karen Mace
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just blooming delightful!! One of those books that you totally lose yourself in and a book set in Happiness that just brings oodles of happiness to the reader!!

Willow is in need of a new start in life! So when she sees an advert for a rent free cottage in an idyllic location,she can't say no! The village (Happiness) is trying to revive itself so are giving people the opportunity to live there and hopefully like what they see! She's a bit shocked on first appearances as all doesn't seem to what i
Kerry Robinson
After reading, reviewing and falling in love with The Summer of Chasing Dreams I was delighted to be asked to join the blog tour for The Little Village of Happiness and I'm so pleased that I did as Holly has once again written a novel that gave me all the fuzzies.

Sick of being the local pity case, Willow ups sticks and moves to a village in Cornwall called Happiness with the offer of free rent in return for bringing something to the run down and broken village.  Within a week, Willow has made ne
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