Happy People Read And Drink Coffee
Written by Agnes Martin- Lugand
Translated by Sandra Smith
Fiction/Romance, May 2016
Hardcover, e-Book, 256 Pages
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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 beloved husband and daughter in a tragic car accident, the world as she knows it instantly vanishes.
Trapped and haunted by her memories, Diane retreats from 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 and rebuild her life alone - until she meets Edward, the attractive yet taciturn 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, and they fall into a surprising and tumultuous romance.
But will it last when Diane leaves Ireland, and Edward, for the home she once ran away from in Paris? At once heartbreaking and uplifting, Diane’s story is deeply felt, reminding us that love remembered is love enduring.
Agnes Martin-Lugand was a clinical psychologist but now writes full time. She is the author of Happiness Slips Through My Fingers and the sequel to Happy People, Don't Worry, Life Is Easy.
Sandra Smith is a critically acclaimed translator of French literature. She has previously worked on Suite Francaise and subsequent novels bu Irene Nemirovsky, as well as a new translation of The Outsider by Albert Camus.
This was a short book but took me a while to read because it was kind of depressing in the beginning. Diane loses her husband and daughter and is basically bed-ridden for a whole year. Her friend finally convinces her to do something about it. She moves to Ireland and ends up living next to a big old grump. As you would guess, they end up liking each other but a monkey wrench is thrown into it when an ex girlfriend shows up - at the worst time. I'm kind of looking forward to what is coming up in Diane's life in the sequel in 2017. I Rated This Book: 3/5 Stars ***