Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, A. Martin-Lugan (ed. Allen & Unwin)
Page number: 272
Release date: Mars 2017
Themes: Love – Ireland – Contemporary literature – Friendship – Romance
Diane seems to have a perfect life. She is a wife, mother, and the owner of Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, a cosy literary cafe in Paris. But when she suddenly loses her husband and daughter in a car accident, the world as she knows it disappears.
One year later, Diane moves to a small town on the Irish coast, determined to heal by rebuilding her life alone–until she meets Edward, a handsome and moody photographer, and falls into a surprising and tumultuous romance.
But will it last when Diane leaves Ireland for good? At once heartbreaking and uplifting, Diane’s story is deeply felt, reminding us that love remembered is love enduring.
In this book, we find a woman and her state of mind that follow the car crash where she lost her husband and their child. One of my classmates recommends me this book; it is a good one easy to read and well write.
Indeed, we follow the evolution of Diane’s mind from the beginning in Paris, her arrival in Ireland and during her journey there. There are a few descriptions of the surrounding places of her home, but we can easily imagine these last. The fact that we do not have many descriptions we can easily focus on the character’s mind. Also, it allows us to follow the story through the highlighting of Diane’s feelings. The empathy is the main feeling we have in this story. We follow her “coming back to life” following this drama.
There are a few characters, but each role is determinate by their personality or their behaviour. In this story, there is no right or wrong person, but common people with their past and have to get along with each other. At the end of this book, we want to know more about some of them.
Conclusion: Good book with a story which makes us a break in our lives even if there isn’t action. The only problem is the missing of afterword at the end, but it is better to have an excellent short book than a boring long book. This book is perfect for people who have a break or just want to ditch everything.