Womens Fiction

Book Review – Happiness in Between by Grace Greene


Goodreads Synopsis:

Sandra Hurst has left her husband. Again. After dropping out of college to marry Trent, divorcing him, then remarrying him, she’s shown up on her parents’ doorstep nursing her wounds. But her parents refuse to help this time—emotionally or financially.
Desperate to earn money and determined to start over, she accepts an offer from her aunt to house-sit at the old family home, Cub Creek, in ruggedly beautiful rural Virginia. But when Sandra arrives, she finds the house has grown shabby, her aunt’s dog is missing, and the garden is woefully overgrown. And she suspects her almost-ex-husband is on her trail.
As she begins to settle into the familiar homestead, powerful secrets and hurtful memories are unearthed. But Sandra discovers that to move on from the pain of her past, she must embrace the beauty of her future. Getting back to her roots—with a little help from her handsome new neighbor Colton and his son; her aunt’s devoted dog, Honey; and a lush garden on the brink of either failing or flourishing—may be just what Sandra needs. And this final chance could lead to regaining her self-respect, making peace with her family, discovering what she’s truly made of…and becoming the woman she was always meant to be. And along the way, she just might find a bit of happiness in each day.

My Opinion:

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

Series: None

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Publication Date: 1/31/2017 (US)

Pages: 302 (eBook)

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