Book Review, Contemporary

Book Review

The Theory of Happily Ever After

by Kristin Billerbeck


Once upon a time, some years ago, I read quite a few books by this author. But I hadn’t read any recently, until this one. This is an author that I would go to when I’d want something lighthearted to read. Her books are usually filled with humor, and an easy read. This one is maybe just a bit more serious than some, but is very much what one would expect to read from Ms. Billerbeck.

Here’s the about the book from Amazon:

According to Dr. Maggie Maguire, happiness is serious science, as serious as Maggie takes herself. But science can’t always account for life’s anomalies–for instance, why her fiancé dumped her for a silk-scarf acrobat and how the breakup sent Maggie spiraling into an extended ice cream-fueled chick flick binge.

Concerned that she might never pull herself out of this nosedive, Maggie’s friends book her as a speaker on a “New Year, New You” cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. Maggie wonders if she’s qualified to teach others about happiness when she can’t muster up any for herself. But when a handsome stranger on board insists that smart women can’t ever be happy, Maggie sets out to prove him wrong. Along the way she may discover that happiness has far less to do with the head than with the heart.

Filled with memorable characters, snappy dialogue, and touching romance, Kristin Billerbeck’s The Theory of Happily Ever After shows that the search for happiness may be futile–because sometimes happiness is already out there searching for you.


And here are some thoughts I had about this book:

Light hearted chick lit. But wait–is it really lighthearted, when a gal is desperately trying to find her way-to happiness, after being jilted; to success; and to love.
I found Maggie to be a very easy-to-relate-to character. She struggles with never quite measuring up. She feels responsible to be the person everyone else expects her to be. So much so that she hardly knows what would actually bring her true happiness. And then, when she thinks she might have an idea, she wants to toss it over for her friend.

After being jilted by her fiance, her friends whisk her away on a cruise, to help her move on with life. Humor follows. 🙂 I don’t want to give the story away, so I won’t say more…

This book is well written, although the action does feel like it drags a bit in a few parts. However, this author balances it all out well, and the story teaches some valuable life lessons while reaching a satisfying conclusion.

I, on occasion, receive complimentary copies of books from various sources, including but not limited to, publishers and authors. I am not required to post a positive review, this is my honest opinion

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