Happiness for Beginners (Paperback)
  • Happiness for Beginners (Paperback)

Happiness for Beginners (Paperback)

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Paperback 464 Pages / Published: 30/05/2019
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One broken family. Two hearts meeting. Dozens of naughty animals

There's laughter, tears and a huge amount of love in

HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS, the new book from BESTSELLING and BELOVED Carole Matthews.

'You can't do better than to sink into Happiness for Beginners'


'Fun, fantastic and brimming with Matthews magic'


'An irresistibly warm-hearted story'


'Warm, witty and hopeful - I was charmed'


'The queen of funny, feel good fiction'



Molly Baker is living her best life.

Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There's Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature pig, Teacup.

Molly runs the farm as an alternative school for kids who haven't thrived in mainstream education. It's full on, but she wouldn't have it any other way. So when the well-groomed Shelby Dacre turns up at Hope Farm asking to enrol his son Lucas, Molly isn't fazed.

But Lucas is distant and soon Molly realises he might be more of a handful than she anticipated. And then there's the added problem that his dad is distractingly handsome. Molly has her beloved farm to think of - could letting Lucas and Shelby in be a terrible mistake, or the start of something wonderful?

Feel-good, funny and an absolute must-read from the queen of romance Carole Matthews, Molly's story will make your heart sing. New starts and second chances abound in Happiness for Beginners.

Why do readers love Carole Matthews?

'Fabulously enjoyable . . . full of heart and fun' Milly Johnson

'Full of joy and laughter' Trisha Ashley

'So warm' Jenny Colgan

'The perfect escape' Woman

'Gorgeous' Katie Fforde

'I laughed and cried and marvelled' Cathy Bramley

'Witty, funny and incredibly touching' Heat

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780751572124
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 319 g
Dimensions: 93 x 218 x 29 mm

Sparkling . . . light-hearted, laugh-packed fun * Sunday Mirror *
If you love romance, quirky humour and animals you can't do better than to sink into Happiness for Beginners. -- Katie Fforde
A gorgeous novel that will delight * Katie Fforde on Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses *
Fun, fantastic and brimming with Matthews magic... from the first to the last page - an absolute joy -- Milly Johnson
One of our favourite authors, Carole Matthews always delivers a delicious read, and Million Love Songs is another delightful read. Full of humour and emotional dilemmas, this latest book is perfect to curl up with on the sofa in this unpredictable weather. Highly Recommended! * Hot Brands Cool Places *
An irresistibly warmhearted story with a cast of captivating characters, both animal and human -- Trisha Ashley
Fabulously enjoyable . . . full of heart and fun * Milly Johnson *
Warm, witty and hopeful - I was charmed -- Sarah Morgan
I laughed and cried and marvelled * Cathy Bramley on Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses *
Happiness For Beginners once again confirms Carole Matthews as the queen of funny, feel good fiction. Put your feet up, and switch off your phone because you're in for a real treat. -- Mike Gayle
Witty, funny and incredibly touching . . . perfect for lifting the spirits * Heat *
Heartwarming story of new beginnings. * Candis *
Heart-warming * Bella *
As ever from this author, a lively story that fizzes with fun * Best *
Full of quirky characters and often laugh-out loud funny, it's a delightful read. * Choice *
Ornery llamas, attack sheep, and a wealth of colourful country characters (including a spectacular hairdresser-to-the-stars who coifs alpacas in his downtime) electrify Matthews's charming tale... Perfect for lovers of small-town romance, this upbeat tale is sweet but not cloying and altogether satisfying. * Publishers Weekly *
Sparkling romp * Mirror *
Heartwarming * Bella *
Heartfelt * Yours *
Delightful and humorous... as joyful as its cover * Woman's Weekly *
Another lovely tale from bestselling writer Carole Matthews * Hello! *
Light-hearted, laugh-packed fun. * The People *
One of our favourite authors, Carole Matthews always delivers a delicious read full of humour and emotional dilemmas * Hot Brands, Cool Places *
The writing is full of humour, warmth and heart - all the things that are standard in Carole's novels. This is a perfect holiday read. I loved it. * Novel Kicks Blog *

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“Farming frolucs”

A nice light read, but I was frustrated at the lack of depth. I really didn't feel like I got to know any of the characters properly, apart from Lucas who was great. I felt that the Alan and Bev storyline was... More

Paperback edition
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“Light, funny, heartwarming.”

A light hearted, quirky and hilarious read. Come and join everyone at Hope Farm, a place where everyone fits in. Join Molly bev and Alan on their farm full of misfit animals. Lucas is the latest student to help out at... More

Paperback edition
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“Another hug in a book from Carole!”

It takes a huge amount of storytelling talent to write a book that is so easy to read yet full of depth, charm and characters you truly wish the best for. Carole has combined a truly wonderful and very funny set of... More

Hardback edition
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