Happiness in Between was a nice break from all the mystery/thrillers I’ve been reading lately. It’s a sweet story about a woman named Sandra looking to find her way. She has forever been trying to be what everyone else wants her to be and to make everyone else happy. It isn’t until she leaves her manipulative, mentally abusive husband for the second time that she can begin to think about what she wants. However, her husband Trent isn’t ready to let her go so easily.
Sandra is given the opportunity to house/dog sit for her mother’s sister, Aunt Barbara, in Cub Creek. The home has been in the family for generations and holds a lot of memories, good and bad. When she gets there she find a seriously neglected backyard, and her Aunt’s dog Honey is missing. She befriends her aunt’s neighbor Colton, and his son Aaron, and together they set out to find Honey and fix up the backyard to make it a safer place for her.
While taking on the backyard project and reorganizing her aunt’s home, she has an opportunity to see her life in a different light. It’s through this process that that she reflects on who she is, what she wants to do, and why she continues to let herself be a victim.
My favorite Sandra quote: “Be smart. Be yourself. Don’t change who you are to suit anyone”.
Thank you NetGalley (read now) for the opportunity to read and write an honest review for this book.
My Rating: 4/5
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: 1/31/2017 (US)
Pages: 302 (eBook)