June 12, 2009

Blog Tour and Review: Secrets to Happiness by Sarah Dunn


Author's Website


Product Description:
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.


About the Author: Sarah Dunn has moved from Los Angeles to New York five times, and from New York back to Los Angeles four times, which means, at the moment, she is happily residing in New York. Her first novel, The Big Love, has been translated into 23 languages.

My Review:
What really makes a person happy? For Holly is it rescuing a dog with cancer or having midnight sex with a 22-yeard-old? According to her best friend’s husband it’s having your wife on Paxil but for Amanda it just may be having an affair. For Holly’s ex-boyfriend who came before her ex-husband it’s learning how to manage a crazy fling in New York with a committed girlfriend in Colorado. Follow along with Holly and a few of her friends and acquaintances, all living in New York, searching out the answer to that very question.

Dunn brings us a humorous story with both wit and a bit of the snark factor. Different from most chick lit, Secrets to Happiness doesn’t follow along the lines of girl loses guy, goes through dating hell then gets the good guy and I enjoyed the realistic ending over the happily ever after. I just wish there were less secondary characters and more of Holly’s adventures. None of the characters including Holly were endearing too me and none of them stood out as memorable. This was a breezy read that I recommend as a library selection for fans of chick-lit.



Other Tour Stops:
http://nevernotreading.blogspot.com/
http://www.writeforareader.blogspot.com/
http://www.acircleofbooks.blogspot.com/
http://abookishmom.blogspot.com
http://bfishreads.blogspot.com/
http://zensanity.blogspot.com/
http://scribevibe.blogspot.com/
http://thereviewfromhere.wordpress.com/
http://www.iheartmonster.com/
http://peekingbetweenthepages.blogspot.com/
http://hiddenplace.wordpress.com/
http://books-movies-chinesefood.blogspot.com
http://thisbookforfree.com/
http://bookopolis.blogspot.com/
http://mindingspot.blogspot.com/
http://www.amberstults.com/
http://bookingmama.blogspot.com/
http://confessionsofaromancebookaddict.wordpress.com/
http://bookslovejessicamarie.blogspot.com
http://chikune.com/blog
http://luanne-abookwormsworld.blogspot.com/
http://www.foreigncircuslibrary.blogspot.com/
http://cafeofdreams.blogspot.com/
http://purplg8r-somanybooks.blogspot.com/
http://www.squidoo.com/bookcase
http://enroutetolife.blogspot.com/
http://www.bookthoughtsbylisa.blogspot.com/
http://cindysloveofbooks.blogspot.com/
http://danys-san.blogspot.com
http://www.myspace.com/darbyscloset
http://epicrat.blogspot.com/
http://thetometraveller.blogspot.com/
http://jennsbookshelf.blogspot.com/
http://www.linussblanket.com
http://dreyslibrary.blogspot.com/
http://wendisbookcorner.blogspot.com/
http://booksiesblog.blogspot.com/
http://savvyverseandwit.blogspot.com/
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http://booksandneedlepoint.blogspot.com
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4 comments :

bermudaonion said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this one. The cover is just adorable!

Luanne said...

I loved the cover, but unfortunately this was the first Early Bird tour book that was a miss for me :(

Dar said...

I didn't mind this book. It wasn't one of my favorites but still good. I wish though that there had been a lot more on Holly too.

Eve said...

I am an animal love so I will have to check this out. Sounds heart warming.