Book Review | Secrets to Happiness by Sarah Dunn

Title: Secrets to Happiness: A Novel
Category: FICTION
Publish Date: 3/25/2009
US/Can Price: $23.99/$26.99
ISBN: 9780316013581
Pages: 288

From the Publisher:

Holly Frick has just endured the worst kind of breakup: the kind where you’re still in love with the person leaving you. While her wounds are still dangerously close to the surface, her happily married best friend confesses over a bottle of wine that she is this close to having an affair. And another woman comes to Holly for advice about her love life–with Holly’s ex!

Holly decides that if everyone around her can take pleasure wherever they find it, so will she. As any self-respecting 30ish New York woman would do, she brings two males into her life: a flawed but endearing dog, and a good natured, much younger lover. She’s soon entangled in a web of emails, chance meetings, and misguided good intentions and must forge an entirely new path to Nirvana.
From the author of The Big Love, Secrets to Happiness is a big-hearted, knife-sharp, and hilariously entertaining story about the perils of love and friendship, sex and betrayal–and a thoroughly modern take on our struggle to be happy.

My Review

I liked this book and went through it pretty fast which is always a good sign for me. It’s focus was on the individual characters and the ups and downs in their relationships and careers and their struggle to be happy. All of the characters have some kind of problem in their life whether its being unhappy in the marriage, job or with their life in general and I enjoyed learning about each one and how they got to that particular point in their life. I was curious to see how things would turn out for each of them.

Since this book’s main focus seemed to be on the characters, the reader gets a chance to really delve into what each one is thinking and can agree or disagree with the decisions that are made. I was angry with some of the choices a few made towards the end of the book and wanted to jump in and yell at them! I won’t say anymore as I don’t want to ruin the story for those planning to read this book.
For the most part, I liked the main character, Holly Frick, and the way she can just say exactly what is on her mind. She is pretty funny too. Overall, it was a good book and had some thought provoking situations that made me think about my life and my happiness.

To see where you can purchase this book, please visit the publisher’s website.

Thanks to Hachette Books for the review opportunity!

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.*


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