The Happy Endings Book Club by Jane Tara

"A happy ending for one person might not be so happy for another. Or it might not be a happy ending, but a beginning, or even both, because they're often the same thing."

The blurb

This Christmas, the women of the Happy Endings Book Club are about to uncover a world of love and magic as they discover how to have their own happy ending... or beginning, as they're often the same thing. 

Once a month, seven very different women come together to discuss books. 
They all love a happy ending, but have lost sight of how to get their own. Paige misses glimpsing the magic in the world. Sadie doesn't see the beauty inside people. Amanda wonders what she ever saw in her ex-husband. Tilda literally can't see herself. Michi can't bear looking at her family, while Clementine is blind to what's right in front of her. And Eva looks for romance in all the wrong places. 

But things are about to change...

Meet the women of the Happy Endings Book Club as they celebrate Christmas, and themselves, in London, Paris, Vienna, New York, Sydney... and in love. 

Becca's thoughts

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review, so that is what I shall give it. 

Firstly, I absolutely ADORE the cover for The Happy Endings Book Club. It's so feminine and classical looking, which is one way to describe the women involved in the story. It's not overloading with flowers or bright colour. It's plain, but it's a beautiful plain, if you know what I mean. Anyway, I love it. 

Now, the characters in The Happy Endings Book Club were lovely. But that's all. I realise the story itself is only 200 pages long, therefore this was a quick read for me. There wasn't a lot of depth to the characters, but I still got a feel for them, just maybe not as much as I usually like. With so many women's lives to keep up with, I did find it a little bit difficult to keep track of what was going on with whom. I think again, this is due to not going into too much depth with each character. Each chapter is a different woman's story carrying on, but when I begun a new chapter, I'd forgotten what had happened with that character previously and found myself flicking back through the pages to re-read it again. 

Putting that aside, I did love the magical twist to this book. At points I was confused with what was real and what wasn't, because random things were thrown into it, and I just sat there blinking, waiting to read the words, "and then she woke up." Once I realised it was actually part of the story, I began to enjoy it, but I did wonder why certain parts had been put in there. 

One part I did LOVE was how Jane Tara described her settings. There's lots of different places involved as you can read from the blurb, including Paris and Sydney, so you're not just stuck in one country which is exciting! Tara goes into detail with each place, placing you right there in the country with the character at the time. Vienna was a particular favourite, 

"In the middle of this spellbinding scene was the most beautiful Christmas tree Eva had ever laid eyes on. It was tall and alight with what looked like a swarm of fireflies. She felt like she was standing inside a snow globe she'd once owned as a child."

In this scene, you're transported to Vienna during a Christmas market, and the detail given to you whilst you're reading allows you to see everything perfectly in your mind, which I love!

Overall, I'm giving The Happy Endings Book Club a rating of 6/10 stars. 
I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a quick, romantic read and doesn't like to stick with just one or two characters throughout an entire story. Swapping and changing between all the women allows you an entertaining and enjoyable read, getting a glimpse of numerous different lives and scenarios. The Happy Endings Book Club was a good read, but there could have been more history behind the characters or even just a little more time getting to know them before swapping to the next.

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