For the most part I enjoyed “The Theory of Happily Ever After”. It was well written with plenty of humor and romance and ended quite satisfactorily. I believe it is probably a mark of a good author when the reader can identify with the characters well enough to get annoyed or frustrated with them. I pretty much stayed frustrated with Maggie throughout much of her story and there were times when I wondered why those other gals were even her friends because sometimes they did not seem at all supportive of her. I was happy to learn that they really did care about Maggie and had her best interests at heart.
Despite my constant frustration with her, I did love Maggie complete with her clumsiness and tendency to keep her foot in her mouth. Sam was the perfect hero even if Maggie was much too slow to recognize it. And Brent, shallow as he may have seemed at times, turned out to be an all right guy too. At times the plot seemed to move a bit slowly but the occasional slapstick moments got it moving along again.
“The Theory of Happily Ever After” is a fun book with some excellent food for thought woven throughout the narrative. Not my favorite book by this author but worth the time nevertheless.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
According to Dr. Maggie Maguire, happiness is serious–serious science, that is. But science can’t always account for life’s anomalies, like why her fiancé dumped her for a silk-scarf acrobat and how the breakup sent Maggie spiraling into an extended ice cream-fueled chick flick binge.
Concerned that she might never pull herself out of this nosedive, Maggie’s friends book her as a speaker on a “New Year, New You” cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. Maggie wonders if she’s qualified to teach others about happiness when she can’t muster up any for herself. But when a handsome stranger on board insists that smart women can’t ever be happy, Maggie sets out to prove him wrong. Along the way she may discover that happiness has far less to do with the head than with the heart.
Filled with unforgettable characters, snappy dialogue, and touching romance, The Theory of Happily Ever After shows that the search for happiness may be futile–because sometimes happiness is already out there searching for you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kristin Billerbeck is the bestselling, award-winning author of several novels, including What a Girl Wants, Perfectly Dateless, and Perfectly Invisible. A Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year, Billerbeck has appeared on The Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times. She lives with her family in Northern California.