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Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin

Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin

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Gayle recommends:

‘A totally joyful experience from start to finish, and full of delicious food to boot (Laurie Colwin was also a food writer) – like a gentler, happier companion to Nora Ephron’s Heartburn. I defy you not to fall in love with each and every character in this book.’

From the publisher:

A ‘jewel of romantic comedy’ (New York Times) from the late great author, adored by Nigella Lawson, Dolly Alderton, Katherine Heiny and Caroline O’Donoghue.

It was just as she suspected: love turned you into perfect mush.

GUIDO is not in the habit of falling in love with women he sees in museums. Until he meets HOLLY. Precise about everything, she knows what she likes: pressed sheets, oranges (but nothing orange-flavoured), tea on a tray – and now, Guido.

Meanwhile VINCENT, Guido’s eternally cheerful best friend and cousin, falls for his misanthropic new colleague, MISTY. She seems as uninterested in love as she is in Vincent (at first).

Through courtship, arguments, wedding plans and other perils, the couples find a way to be happy (almost) all the time.

‘Seriously wise, seriously wonderful, seriously comic – your life will be richer for it’ Katherine Heiny

‘Uplifting, funny, generous. One of the most comforting, clever novels I know’ Samantha Ellis

‘Human and humorous, full of wisdom and love’ Emma Straub