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  1. Every Story Has Two Sides: Happiness in the Ever After by C. NaTasha Richburg
  2. The Secret of Happy Ever After
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Every Story Has Two Sides: Happiness in the Ever After. Every Story Has Two Sides is a coming of age series of short stories. The short stories intertwine the complex parent-child, boyfriend-girlfriend and sinner-convert relationships as the reader witness the young adult coming of age experience.

Intended to provide lessons for both young adults and parents, Every Story Has Two Sides gives a unique perspective that affords an opportunity for all to think outside of the box. Poetic fluency coupled with scriptural references enhances the outside of the box experience where a different perspective of life s situations is exposed to the reader. The book welcomes multi-generational discussions to take place at the table in which God is the conversational centerpiece. One Bag and One Hour. Its Not That Serious. In Search of My Pop.

A Passion For More. Michelle rises to the challenge and, with friend Anna's help, develops every book lovers ideal bookshop - believe me I was drooling for this bookshop! This sets the central stage for the story but we learn, bit by bit, more about Michelle's previous life and about Anna's difficulties with her step-family and her longing for her own baby. Family features very strongly in this wonderful, touching novel. The characters are very realistic with faults and good points. Problems with children, aged parents, interfering parents, ex-partners, dogs and over sexed brothers make the story funny, witty, sad, touching and sometimes quite scarily real.

I came to really care about the characters and when we find out what Michelle's past is really about, I defy any reader not to shed a tear. I can quite honestly say that this is one of the best novels I have read. All the personal and family life details combined with the luscious memories of books that I have read and loved make this novel something really special. Jul 18, Claire rated it liked it. All the delightful wallowing in books - especially the kids books - was really great and totally up my alley, and I also really enjoyed that the author did a great job showing an existing relationship and how both parties had to work at it, rather than just building a new relationship or having it need to be blown up and replaced.

One POV character was raped as a teenager and this comes out in the latter part of the book.

Every Story Has Two Sides: Happiness in the Ever After by C. NaTasha Richburg

It's described in flashback, so please be aware of this if you are reading and may need this warning. I didn't enjoy that narrative arc at all and I think the book would have been better off without it. I finished the book and largely enjoyed it, but the last quarter or so were definitely far tougher going. I did at least enjoy it enough to give the author another try and see if her other books can avoid the issues I had with this one.

View all 3 comments. I guess I could pin that down to reading 2 books in a row by the same author, but I know it had nothing to do with it. I identified a lot with Michelle, yet I feel like I never really broke down the walls she built up around herself. Oh, the irony is not lost on me, believe me. I felt a huge sympathy for Anna. No wonder she feels like an appendix to the family. But I think both storylines were bogged down by too much domestic drama, two unplanned pregnancies really? That always puts a smile on my face. This was definitely a more character than doggie-driven book.

She did both so well in Walking Back to Happiness. Mar 22, Amy rated it liked it Shelves: Ending is a bit abrupt and a little too "happily ever after". I was expecting a little more fireworks at the end. While I like kids books, the references were a bit too much of it for my tastes. I have a 9 year old daughter and sorry, in today's world, they just aren't enthralled with Little Women and neither was I 40 years ago. There are many many amazing books written by wonderful children's authors today and the March sisters just aren't relatable.

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Seems to me that I wanted Rory and Anna together even though I knew that would not happen. Lot of stuff going on. She had to have something bad but nothing that could have been Michelle's fault. Many unlikable family charcters and I don't think I liked the way she wrapped them up. I wanted them to get their due a bit. View all 7 comments.

Apr 09, Amanda rated it liked it. I would have given this novel two stars, but for the delicate way Dillon presented being a stepmother, and feeling as though you are a bit part in your own story. Really effectively done, and particularly poignant for me as I find myself in this position these days. What failed to light this novel up was the balance. There wasn't masses of plot to begin with, but it was stretched so thoroughly over pages that it became thin, and then everything was tied up with neat ribbons in just a few page I would have given this novel two stars, but for the delicate way Dillon presented being a stepmother, and feeling as though you are a bit part in your own story.

There wasn't masses of plot to begin with, but it was stretched so thoroughly over pages that it became thin, and then everything was tied up with neat ribbons in just a few pages, comparatively. Also, we were told a lot that Phil was not a good person, that he wasn't acting as a father and husband should - to the point where I actively disliked him; then we were asked to disregard all of that for the sake of the happy ever after ending.

It felt very contrived. It should be borne in mind that Dillon is one of those authors who have improved immeasurably since her early novels.

Although I can't really recommend this novel by her, do, do, do pick up her later novels once she found her stride and her voice more thoroughly. She is an excellent writer, but this wasn't the best example of that. Jun 08, Gurdeep Assi rated it it was amazing. Great storyline with interesting characters. A Lucy Dillon novel never fails to grab you, such an enjoyable read. Gosto de um bom livro aconchegante. Segredos para um fina Gosto de um bom livro aconchegante. Lucy Dillon foi uma estreia profundamente avassaladora.

Oct 26, Leah rated it really liked it Shelves: I loved it, it was warm and it was just the perfect book to curl up with during the colder Tenerife months. Yes, Tenerife has colder months! What really made the book for me was the book shop. Lots of Chick Lit books give their characters jobs as hairdressers, as writers, as whatever else is in vogue at the time, but rarely do Chick Lit books feature book shops. I know — weird, right? A book shop that sound divine, quite frankly. Although I would add in sofas to my bookshop and it would perhaps look a bit like Central Perk.


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What I mean is, it was cosy. It added to the novel. It was like a character in itself. Having a good plot, having good characters, is all excellent but the added scenery is even better and the book shop gives the book a bit more of a kick. I found it even more interesting how two seemingly rubber-and-glue-type people became friends, as Anna and Michelle did. I loved Rory, he really lit up the book when he appeared. I liked the return of some previous characters, too, which was a nice added bonus. Lucy Dillon just seems to have this natural storytelling ability, this natural way of just making you fall in love with her book until you get to the very end and the addition of the pets makes it all the more.

Okay so, so many thoughts about this one. First off, found out about this while browsing through GR.

So thank you for the suggestion for book related books about And the summary had me at: So of course this would be my kind of read right? Well, let's just say I was surprised with this one. You have two different women, Michelle a businesswoman who starts a shop called Home Sweet Home and then the shop next door which was already a bookshop. She then has the book shop running Okay so, so many thoughts about this one. She then has the book shop running again and appoints her new friend Anna as manager.

It helps that Anna is a bookworm through and through. As the story goes along, the both of them have their own stuff their dealing with in their everyday lives. I thought the tone would be somewhat lighthearted with some drama thrown in. But I was surprised where it was vice versa. You really feel for the two ladies.

While I was annoyed in some moments, especially Phil, you get at least what he's going through. Not exactly but he has his reasons. Anyway, dogs Pongo and Tavish sound freaking adorable. And of course love, LOVE, the book title references. Especially the list of books at the end. I recognize some, read some and some I never heard of. I also thought I was going to like reading about Anna and the bookshop. But found myself wanting to read more about Michelle and of course Rory.

If ever they make this a movie And yes Anna and her at the bookshop mostly. I mean who couldn't relate with Anna and her love of books, having it be a dream come true to run her own bookshop? Who doesn't love those places, from the small shops to bigger shops. Something about shelves lined with books you know? Anyway, this was a surprising but good read to just take your time with.

Ele era mesmo um estupor! Ainda mais trabalhando ele para o pai dela, Michele dev Gostei muito! Letto il primo quarto con l'interesse, all'inizio piuttosto alto, che lasciava il passo alla disillusione. Dec 26, Lisa rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. I enjoyed this book. It was a nice, easy read and there wasn't anything really "wrong" about it. I wouldn't call it a favourite but it was a good one to spend a few days of Christmas break on. I liked that there was a bookstore, and at first I thought all the references to old childrens books were fun. I, too, loved such books when I was a kid, so I really enjoyed this at first! I haven't read all of the books mentioned, but most of them.

I loved Little Women and books like that, and I can defin I enjoyed this book. I loved Little Women and books like that, and I can definitely relate to the nostalgia. The problem with all of this, though, is that it gets too much after a while. Anna is a librarian and described as a book lover - I do find it strange that ALL she cares about are these really old books she read as a child, and that most women who comes to her store seem to be the same way.

In a way, this is related to her longing for a child somebody she could share all those old books with but it's not just that. While I did re-read one of Edith Nesbit's books recently when I was at a library with nothing else to do except studying I would probably be happy if my child if I had one liked those books as much as I did, but I would never expect it. Most kids just don't like that kind of books these days. When I re-read something like that like the Anne of Green Gables series that I read parts of two years ago, for the first time as an adult I react to some of the old-fashioned values and things I didn't really think of as a child; there are parts of old literature for children that are just out of date in today's world and that kids might not even understand, much less relate to.

There are wonderful parts of those books as well, but I feel that Anna is just too uncritical. Especially when it comes to those school books. I haven't read the Malory Towers series but other similar books. I completely understand Anna's and the others' fascination, because I felt the same way as a child. But now, as an adult, I feel that Anna is very naive for being surprised when Michelle doesn't speak well of her school experience.

I read those too, but didn't enjoy them half as much as the older books. I'm quite surprised that Chloe doesn't like Twilight at least the movies and that Anna doesn't have an opinion on it. And is there a reason why they're so into romance books I don't know anything about Jilly Cooper but as far as I understand the novels were somewhat "daring" in young Michelle's eyes but never talk about 50 Shades? Is it that Dillon just doesn't want to write about her present day fellow writers?

Well, enough of the books. I did like the characters most of the time. I didn't always understand them; sometimes their reasoning didn't make sense to me I didn't understand why Michelle wouldn't try to explain to her family about Harvey, but on the other hand I've known a person sort of like Harvey and I know that it's not easy to handle emotional abuse - in Michelle's case it's very hard because her mother is extremely unhelpful. Most of the time I just wanted to tell her to shut up and stay out of her grown up child's love life As for Anna, she's sweet and likeable, but with her, too, I was also a little bit annoyed for not speaking up for herself.

But again, on second thought, I can understand it - it's hard to do for a person who'd rather be hurt than to risk hurting anybody else It's hard to see just what made her like that, though. Her strong desire to have a baby is highly relatable, in my opinion. The supporting characters were sometimes a bit like caricatures, or just They felt like just the expected characters! I think Michelle's issues with her past and with her mother would have been more nuanced and more painful if the mother had been more like a normal person and not like someone you wanted to punch in the face.

Evelyn was a bit too mean.

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Phil's girls were okay, I guess, but I was a bit puzzled by Becca. I thought she was like a combination of Jane and Lizzie Bennett, and I couldn't figure out if Dillon had made her like that on purpose or if it was just me I found Anna's and Phil's life fairly interesting I do think Phil was rather realistic, even though his reasoning made me sad , but the thing with Rory was just too predictable in my opinion. I think it would have been better if Michelle hadn't disliked him so much in the beginning.

The irresponsible Owen who found the inspiration to change because of his true love for the good girl Becca If only Owen had been more like a person and less like a "type", it would have worked. Now it sounds like I'm just complaining, but I do have high standards, and like I said in the beginning, I did find this an enjoyable read. Jul 27, Kirstie rated it really liked it.

What a lovely read this was!

I really enjoyed it, and loved that the main focuses wer on a reader, library and local bookshop - perfect combination! Nov 04, Maryam Dinzly rated it it was amazing. If you know me well, you would know why I was attracted to this book. This book isn't really about love. Well, actually it is, but it's more about life. And the things you go through. You can really learn alot of things from reading this book, but if you're a booknerd like me, you'd learn about so much more books to add on to your evergrowing book list HAHA.

This book is about two bestfriends, Michelle and Anna. They are two complete opposites, but they bonded over an unexpected incident. Michel If you know me well, you would know why I was attracted to this book. Michelle was more neat, and organized type of person.


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She has a list for everything, and having people or anything invade her personal space, and messing it up, makes her feel suffocated and unbalanced. But she tries her hardest to change people's perspectives of stepmother, especially the opinions of her husband's kids. Which is super hard, so there are times when I pity her. Each of these two people have the hardest moments in their life, and for once, things are going to change.

And may I just reinstate a million times: