A Way Back to Happy
An absolutely uplifing and emotional read
by Olivia Spooner
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 16 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 12 Nov 2021
Aria & Aries, Aria
Sometimes you have to fall apart so that you can start again...
After five years stuck in the wrong marriage, 33-year-old Emma is finally free. Her husband has moved out, her son Freddie is making friends, and her parents are finally trying to stop micro-managing her life.
On a celebratory night out with her three best friends, Emma meets Finn. Young, dimpled and irresistibly Scottish Finn. Between landing her dream job, stolen moments with Finn, and precious time with Freddie, Emma is happier than she has ever been.
Then one accident changes everything and Emma's life is thrown into chaos. With the help of all who love her, can Emma find a way back to happy?
A Way Back to Happy is the uplifting and romantic new women's fiction novel from debut author Olivia Spooner. Perfect for fans of Lia Louis, Ella Dove and Eva Woods.
Readers love A Way Back to Happy!
'What an adorable book this was... So full of emotion... Such a fabulous read. It sucked me in from start... Will have you smiling then saying oh my gosh! So much feelings! Loved it!... Takes your breath away' @oh.happy.reading, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Wonderful... Will keep you turning the pages and before you know it you are on the final chapter... Utterly likeable characters and a lovely book' NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐
'FIVE STARS! I flew through it in two days and hated putting it down. I admittedly stayed up way too much reading when I should have been sleeping. I loved the story but loved the characters even more ... I could almost feel tightness in my own chest and heart, and tears in my own eyes' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Read this book in less than four hours. All I can say is that it was amazing' NetGalley reviewer
'A real page-turner! I didn't want it to end. It moved me... I'm a Hallmark movies kind of girl and love my happy endings, so I wasn't disappointed ... Left wanting more... Highly recommended' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'I adored this book... Exciting, sexy, happy... Made me laugh... Had all the feels and I could not put this story down... What more can you ask from a book? ... All. The. Stars.' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Loved this book, I smiled, I cried and I laughed... Interesting, engaging and fun... A light-hearted, romantic, feel-good book. 5 stars' NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'What a journey!... There is this avalanche coming but you don't have an idea what it is or where it will be coming from. And when it happens, it does beautifully. The love, the drama, the life lessons, the self-harm, friendship, family, the love again, everything since chapter one. It has it all! I adored it!' @i_am_a_slow_reader, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Thank you for the advanced copy.
I really enjoyed ready this finished it in one sitting in the garden. It was well written, well put together and I loved the character of Emma.
This is a book I found that really made me think about a lot in my life maybe due to the current climate.
Thank you NetGalley, Aria & Aries and of course Olivia for this amazing advanced ebook story!
What an adorable book this was. That is so full of emotion and that is what I loved most here.
The way Olivia's wonderful way of developing her characters that makes them so very likable.
You find yourself cheering on this couple.
The characters how can you not love those Emma and Finn.
Their connection was just fire and simply beautiful!
Overall this was such a fabulous read. It sucked me in from start.
This book will have you smiling then saying oh my gosh! So much feelings! Loved it!
Olivia is an amazing talent of contemporary fiction and romance, whose words takes your breath away and envelops the definition of Romance Writer.
Again thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book!
Before the accident, Emma had lost whom she was due to the verbal berating from Paul; however, she further spiralled into uncontrollable behavior with Finn that was not healthy for either party. It was only after the accident that left Emma both intellectually and emotionally became whom she was meant to be. She became softer, a deeper relationship with Freddie, her Mum and Dad and all the great friends who supported her every step.of the way. By loving herself, she found true love again.
Really enjoyed this book. Was completely not what I was expecting but in a really good way. One thing I did not notice at first is that the chapter titles count down to something, telling you immediately that something is going to happen. After this 'life-changing event' we see the aftermath and Emma trying to get her life back on track. This comes with a rather large hiccup but the resolution of the book is exactly what It needed to be. Would have been nice to have an epilogue of sorts to see what actually happens after the ending. I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend :)
I really enjoyed this book. Emma was a great character. Thanks for the opportunity to read and review this book.
An absolutely fantastic read.
The chapters start with a break up and Emma entering freefall but the chapters are headed with "no of weeks before" so you get the hint straight away that something big is coming.
Wow its unexpected.
The chapters then post event are heart warming, fascinating, shocking, awkward, lovely. I think I felt every emotion possible going through this read.
Thank you #Netgalley for the advanced copy!
I really enjoyed this book. Part 1 follows Emma, she is contemplating leaving her husband and taking her son Freddie. The night she plans to have the conversation and make the move, her husband, Paul, surprisingly come in to say he is leaving. Emma got what she wanted and she could stay in the house! Emma has a group of girlfriends who are her ride or dies, they jump in as needed and provide her fun girls nights. On one of these fun nights, Emma meets Finn.
Emma and Finn spend many lustful nights together mixed with lots of alcohol. One night it caught up with them and after a long night of drinking they did something they both would regret, leading us into part II. Part II follows Emma's recovery and many other surprises. This section of the book went by so quickly as you want to see the progression and what would happen next for Emma.
I really didn’t see the ‘after’ part of this story coming, and although so very sad I really enjoyed this book. The story of Emma, and ‘before’ and ‘after’ a lifechanging event.
What a journey! Since the beginning, the author builds what feels like a plot twist and you, as a reader, are there in full suspense, feeling like there is this avalanche coming but you don't have an idea what it is or where it will be coming from. And when it happens, it does beautifully. The Love, the drama, the life lessons, the self-harm, friendship, family, the love again, everything since chapter one. It has it all!
I Adored it!
Loved this book and didn't want to put it down. It was funny, with romance and drama, what more do you need. Very well written, this is the first book I have read by this author but I will be looking for more. 5 stars.
Thanks to Netgalley and publisher for this eARC
I loved this book, I smiled, I cried and I laughed.
The book is in 2 parts, before and after. Emma is married to Paul and they have a son Freddie. Finally realizing that she will break up with Paul, he walks in and says he’s leaving. Emma goes on a night out where she meets Finn where they have many fun evenings and one of those takes a turn for the worse.
All the characters in the book are interesting, engaging and fun. I’m really hoping there will be another book about them as I’d love to find out what happens next.
It’s a light hearted, romantic, feel good book. 5 stars.