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.
I was drawn to this book by the cute cover and it’s light and funny tone. I have been trying to branch out and try more “new to me” authors and this is my first Kristen Billerbeck novel. I love funny one liners, references to modern day pop culture, and the promise of romance in a book. I thought this book was cute, but I had trouble connecting with the characters. I thought the dialogue was funny and entertaining for the first half of the book. However, I found Maggie to be very had to relate to. Maggie came across as very negative, sometimes rude, and she seemed to be judging her self worth by her failed relationship. Obviously these obstacles provide a lot of opportunity for character growth throughout a story, however Maggie was hard to like, and therefore hard to root for. I thought the concept of the book was fun and I enjoyed the atmosphere that the cruise ship provided, it was a nice change of pace from the books I usually read. Humor, fun in the sun and a bit of romance are the selling points of this book. Fans of rom-com novels will likely enjoy this latest release from Kristen Billerbeck.
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*I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.