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Book Review: Happy Hour by Michele Scott

- 28 July 2012, 11:07

Sometimes we read a book that shows us ourselves, our trials, our hurt and pain and we follow characters that go through what we are going through and through reading about their lives and how they heal, we heal ourselves; this is what I found in Happy Hour by Michele Scott.

Happy Hour is a story about four friends in the prime of their life who come together over wine and good food to bond and unload from life’s adversities. It follows them through all their trials and their happy moments. It shows interaction between friends, family, dealing with extended families, and teenagers (both male and female), unexpected pregnancies, secrets and harbouring deep hurt and pain.

The best part of this book is when I found myself in Kat. I felt like I was reading about myself. Happy Hour is a story about four friends in the prime of their life who come together over wine and good food, to bond and unload from life’s adversities. It follows them through all their trials and their happy moments. It shows interaction between friends, family, dealing with extended families, and teenagers (both male and female), unexpected pregnancies, secrets and harboring deep hurt and pain.

The best part of this book is when I found myself in the characters; especially in Kat. I felt like I was reading about myself when I read her words. I saw my friendships and my family relationships in those between the friends and their interactions with their family. Their trials were believable. I shared their tears and laughed out loud with their funny moments. I saw the characters grow and heal and I enjoyed the journey that brought them through it.

The imagery was very clear and leaped off the pages to put me there in the rooms, seeing and smelling and hearing what the characters experienced. Kat was trying to make an extended family work, with a stepdaughter around the same age as mine, with the same issues as mine, being neglected by her mother as mine is and dealing with those feelings of getting close to her and being afraid of her being taken away from you. I reached out to Kat and held her hand through the story.

Jamie’s financial crisis hit home for me as a professional woman struggling to make ends meet and at the same time provide for her family and that of my mother. I often worry what would happen if something happens to me; how my mother would manage, and thus I sympathized with Jamie and I felt her confusion and frustration.

I relived my fear for my niece and adopted daughter now in her teens and faced with all the woes of an adolescent girl through Danielle’s struggle with her young girls. That fear of your teenage girl having sex too early, her emotional stability being ruined by a too early experience is one to keep you up many a night. As Danielle dealt with this throughout the novel I saw myself and my fears in her experiences and I saw my ability to conquer them and trust the lessons that I have taught to my teenage girl.

The fourth friend, Alyssa and her fear of her past and trying to subdue it when it continues to haunt her is something many people can identify with. Having a child at an early age, being date raped and then trying to put it all behind you without ever dealing with it fully and facing the demon and telling him you are greater than him, is a battle that we all face in some form or the other.

Scott’s characters faced problems most people can identify with and she was very successful in showing us how they conquer them and in turn showed us how we can conquer ours and heal ourselves.

http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Hour-ebook/dp/B002RL9KRO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1343230367&sr=8-2&keywords=happy+hour

About Author

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Anjie Harrte: Romance with some Caribbean flavor

Anjie Harrte is a twenty nine year old mother of one who resides in sunny Guyana, South America. Sometime between running a small business, having a full time job and being a mother and partner she finds time to pursue her passion for creating stories. Anjie dreams up stories of contemporary fiction splashed with some romance, a little dose of murder or an ounce of suspense and sometimes when no one is looking she dashes in a little twist. When she isn’t doing any of that, she is decorating a cake, knitting a chair back or sewing her latest design. Anjie even finds time to lurk around and stalk people and pages on facebook and you too can stalk her if you like at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anjie-Harrte/  or you can follow her on twitter @anjieharrte or keep updated with her writing at http://authoranjieharrte.blogspot.com/


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