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‘Happily Whatever After’
by Stewart Lewis
Teaser Extract

 

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Cover image of the book 'Happily Whatever After' by author Stewart Lewis

HAPPILY WHATEVER AFTER‘ by STEWART LEWIS

TEASER TUESDAY EXTRACT

KINDLE 49%

CHAPTER 28

DOODLES AND DITTIES

“Sammy inhaled his two treats, then plopped down on his doggy bed in a slump of defeat. As I was leaving, I noticed Kevin’s bedroom door was slightly ajar. It squeaked a little as I opened it farther, and I turned back to see Sammy looking at me from the living room, his expression saying, who’s the stalker now?

Everything looked normal in the room, except one thing I couldn’t miss. There was a giant tapestry on the wall, and I could see it was covering something behind it. I peeled it back slowly, expecting to see childish artwork, or maybe just stains, but it was a massive, intricate doodle drawing, right on the wall. A million tiny twists of line. It was mesmerizing. I stepped back and took it all in. I could see giraffes and swans, spider webs and fern leaves, open hands and screaming faces. I’m not sure how long I stared at it, but eventually Sammy barked from the hallway, as if to say, that’s enough, get out of his room now. I took a picture of it on my phone, quickly tacked the tapestry back up, and shuffled out the door, but not before ruffling Sammy’s ears, saying, “You’re a good boy. If you know what’s best for you, don’t you dare tell Kevin I was in his room.”

Cover image of the book 'Happily Whatever After' by author Stewart Lewis

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Just to help you get those words into some context – check out the premise below.

My review is currently scheduled for 16th August 2020

Cover image of the book 'Happily Whatever After' by author Stewart LewisA dark comedy about putting yourself in unexpected places, reaching for your dreams, and believing in second chances.

Thirtysomething Page was content with her life in New York City—until it went to the dogs. Unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend of four years and fired from her art gallery job in the same week, she flees to Washington, DC, and moves in with her big brother. She hopes the new setting and familial comfort will help her finally find her bearings. What Page finds instead is an unlikely refuge: a park for the neighborhood’s poshest pooches, and a quirky pack of companionable dog-run regulars who become fast friends.

Both four-legged and two-, these new allies offer Page a world of possibilities. The woman who hit rock bottom now has dreams: of having her own business, getting her own place, and even wilder ones about the ruggedly handsome owner of a vineyard and two equally fetching Bernese mountain dogs.

Unleashed from all that once held her back, Page finds everything might be falling into place. But just when she thinks her life is headed in the right direction, the road takes a sharp turn to show her just how unpredictable second chances can be. Will Page get her happily ever after? Is there even such a thing?

Witty, smartly funny, and modernly romantic, Happily Whatever After shows us all that sometimes imperfect can still be good enough.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by:-

Ambrosia at ‘The Purple Booker

Each week she shares her own teaser lines and invites other bloggers to do the same. So if you have a few moments, why not stop by and see what’s on offer this time, after all, you never know where that next great read is going to come from!

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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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10 comments
  • It’s so funny because this arrived on my Kindle this morning, clearly a pre-order, and I wondered where I’d read about it and been inspired to order it. Now I know… at least I presume you’ve posted about this book before? Otherwise the mystery deepens…

    • Hi Cath,

      Nope! No mystery, it was probably me 🙂

      If you check about half way up the post, you will see a link to my ‘Book Beginnings’ post and you did comment then, that you were going over to Amazon to check it out!

      My scheduled review is due out 16th August, but it’s not giving anything away to say that I gave it 4 stars and had great fun reading it. Definitely not too serious, more than a little larger than life characters and a real pick-me-up storyline!

      Have fun when you get to it and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

  • I have never read anything by this author and since it sounded so good I went to Amazon to buy a copy and saw that it’s available as a Kindle Unlimited with audio! 🙂

    • Hi Vicki,

      This is a real no-stress read, although there are one or two potential ’tissue required’ moments, so I think you will enjoy it.

      Over here, you can get the book free with ‘audible trial’, but if you want the ‘audible narration for Kindle unlimited’ you have to add on an extra £3.47 ($3), so it sounds as though you bagged yourself a bargain!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Laura,

      Looking at some of the books on your Goodreads reading list, this one might be a little off your radar, but I hope that when you check it out, it does grab you enough to make you consider it worth reading.

      There are some very quirky characters in the story, who constantly challenged my thinking and generally made me smile.

      Thanks for taking the time to visit and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

  • Well I’ve jumped off the fence long enough to add it to my wishlist. Maybe once you provide a full review I’ll actually add it to my Kindle! It sounds like something fun and different from my norm.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I have really been venturing forth with my reading just lately, stepping right outside my comfort zone and having a real blast doing so! – although fantasy and science fiction still generally elude me.

      The characters in this book, are certainly larger than life and so are some of the things they say and do, although there are a couple of serious messages to take on board and a few tearful scenes which may require tissues!

      On the whole, a nice easy read, which should leave you smiling 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I’ve already finished reading and it gets 4 out of 5 stars from me. My review is due in August, but I can recommend it!

      There are a whole bunch of quirky people and their even more quirky dogs and much of the early part of the story takes place in the ‘doggie park’, so I think this will be right up your street.

      A nice summer read, although there is one tear-jerker element, so you might want to read it out in the garden, where you can keep your sunglasses on to hide the odd tear!

      Thanks for stopping by and take care out there. The world is not a nice place right now 🙂

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