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Happy People Read and Drink Coffee

A Novel

About the Book

She fled Paris to lose herself. The love she found would change everything.

Diane seems to have the perfect life. She is a wife, a mother, and the owner of Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, a cozy literary cafe in Paris. But when she suddenly loses her husband and daughter in a car accident, her life is overturned and the world as she knows it instantly disappears. Trapped and haunted by her memories, Diane closes her shop and retreats from her friends and family, unable and unwilling to move forward.

But one year later, Diane shocks her loved ones and makes the surprising decision to move to a small town on the Irish coast, finally determined to heal by rebuilding her life alone-until she meets Edward, a handsome and moody Irish photographer who lives next door. At first abrasive and unwelcoming, Edward initially resents Diane’s intrusion into his life of solitude . . . until he can no longer keep her at arm’s length. Along windy shores and cobbled streets, Diane falls into a surprising and tumultuous romance. As she works to overcome her painful memories and truly heal, Diane and Edward’s once-in-a-lifetime connection inspires her to love herself and the world around her with newfound inner strength and happiness. But will it last when Diane leaves Ireland, and Edward, for good?

At once heartbreaking and uplifting, Diane’s story is deeply felt, reminding us that love remembered is love enduring.

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Critical Praise

“Profoundly moving and expertly told, Happy People confronts life’s most nightmarish tragedy with an unblinking examination. . . . The wisdom and magic in these pages will linger long after the book is closed.” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs

“Martin-Lugand’s sparse but emotionally forceful style, aided by Smith’s translation from the original French, catches the sweeter moments between two people embittered by loss.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A heartbreaking story of love and loss that will twist readers up in knots. . . Essential for any foreign literature or women’s fiction collection.” —Library Journal

“The energy that Agnès Martin-Lugand is able to convey with this storm is enormous. This is one roller-coaster of a book, but I loved every moment of it. . . . Anyone who has ever experienced a feeling of any kind, ever, will enjoy this novel.” —San Francisco Book Review

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443451000
  • ISBN 10: 1443451002
  • Imprint: HarperAvenue
  • On Sale: 05/10/2016
  • Pages: 240
  • List Price: 19.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / General

Happy People Read and Drink Coffee by Agnes Martin-Lugand

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