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There's laughter, tears and a huge amount of love in
HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS
The new book from BESTSELLING and BELOVED Carole Matthews.
'You can't do better than to sink into Happiness for Beginners'
'Fun, fantastic and brimming with Matthews magic'
'An irresistibly warm-hearted story'
'Warm, witty and hopeful - I was charmed'
'The queen of funny, feel good fiction'
Molly Baker is living her best life.
Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There's Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature pig, Teacup.
Molly runs the farm as an alternative school for kids who haven't thrived in mainstream education. It's full on, but she wouldn't have it any other way. So when the well-groomed Shelby Dacre turns up at Hope Farm asking to enrol his son Lucas, Molly isn't fazed.
But Lucas is distant and soon Molly realises he might be more of a handful than she anticipated. And then there's the added problem that his dad is distractingly handsome. Molly has her beloved farm to think of - could letting Lucas and Shelby in be a terrible mistake, or the start of something wonderful?
An absolute must-read from the queen of romance Carole Matthews, Molly's story will make your heart sing.
Why do readers love Carole Matthews?
'So warm' Jenny Colgan
'The perfect escape' Woman
'Gorgeous' Katie Fforde
'I laughed and cried and marvelled' Cathy Bramley
'Witty, funny and incredibly touching' Heat
Ornery llamas, attack sheep, and a wealth of colorful country characters (including a spectacular hairdresser-to-the-stars who coifs alpacas in his downtime) electrify Matthews's charming tale of a small-town British saver of lost animals and children who falls for the famous parent of one of her charges. As a result of being the daughter of an indifferent alcoholic mother, 38-year-old Molly Baker has never met a damaged creature she hasn't tried to save whether it's angry alpaca Johnny Rotten or her newest student, Lucas. The son of widower Shelby Dacre, a noted soap star, Lucas comes to Hope Farm in the bucolic English countryside with a chip on his shoulder the size of a boulder. Lucas quickly comes to trust Molly, and, after featuring a few of Molly's animals during a fairly disastrous soap episode, Shelby begins to fall for Molly. But when she gets horrible news from her landlord, will he be there to pick up the pieces? Matthews (The Cake Shop in the Garden) keeps explicit romance to a minimum and weaves in a number of amusing livestock details, among them the value of llama droppings to local farmers and a fairly gross section on alpaca snot. Perfect for lovers of small-town romance, this upbeat tale is sweet but not cloying and altogether satisfying.