Stewart Lewis comes to the blog with a surprising story of second chances, new directions and hope with
Happily Whatever After
Surprisingly emotional in a story that moves from lighthearted missteps and situations to quite life-altering options and growth highlight this story all brought to us in the character of Page who after a series of life changes finds herself yearning for family and familiar, and heads to her brother’s place in D.C. Hoping to lick her wounds and perhaps find the wherewithal to get her own dreams started with her own business, Page soon learns that sometimes life hands you something you never dreamed of, and you just might find it suits.
Page’s brother is adorable, successful and supportive: but even he hasn’t time to help her to form a new ‘friendship group’ – instead suggesting she take some time, think, regroup and wander about. What Page is thinking she needs is friends, a man and a job – not necessarily in that order, but the local dog part seems to be a good place to watch the dogs (even if she doesn’t yet have one) and maybe meet some people as she’s ‘sorting out’ her life.
What emerges is a group of characters that are clever, friendly, well-drawn and challenge Page’s thoughts about her life, her new direction and exactly what she wants. Soon she’s a regular at the park, people and dogs know her, and she’s starting to think that her feet are underneath her enough to start walking on her newly found path. It’s not always smooth sailing, but the lessons learned, confidence gained and new outlook after having really spent time on herself, and what she wants is a clever read and allows readers to understand her, if not her exact situation – the emotions involved, and leave everyone with a bit of hope and some new ideas for ‘what next’.
Title: Happily Whatever After
Author: Stewart Lewis
Genre: Comedic Elements, Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction - Adult, Family Saga, Friendship, Romantic Elements, Satire
Published by: Lake Union Publishing
Published on: 28 July, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 16 minutes
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A dark comedy about putting yourself in unexpected places, reaching for your dreams, and believing in second chances.
Thirtysomething Page was content with her life in New York City—until it went to the dogs. Unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend of four years and fired from her art gallery job in the same week, she flees to Washington, DC, and moves in with her big brother. She hopes the new setting and familial comfort will help her finally find her bearings. What Page finds instead is an unlikely refuge: a park for the neighborhood’s poshest pooches, and a quirky pack of companionable dog-run regulars who become fast friends.
Both four-legged and two-, these new allies offer Page a world of possibilities. The woman who hit rock bottom now has dreams: of having her own business, getting her own place, and even wilder ones about the ruggedly handsome owner of a vineyard and two equally fetching Bernese mountain dogs.
Unleashed from all that once held her back, Page finds everything might be falling into place. But just when she thinks her life is headed in the right direction, the road takes a sharp turn to show her just how unpredictable second chances can be. Will Page get her happily ever after? Is there even such a thing?
Witty, smartly funny, and modernly romantic, Happily Whatever After shows us all that sometimes imperfect can still be good enough.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.