Monday, 23 July 2018

Book Review | The Forgotten Guide To Happiness By Sophie Jenkins


Twenty-eight-year-old Lana Green has never been good at making friends. She’s perfectly happy to be left alone with her books. Or at least, that’s what she tells herself.
Nancy Ellis Hall was once a celebrated writer. Now eighty, she lives alone in her North London house, and thinks she’s doing just fine. But dementia is loosening Nancy’s grip on the world.
When Lana and Nancy become unconventional house mates, their lives will change in ways they never expected. But can an unusual friendship rescue two women who don’t realise they need to be saved?

Book cover of The Forgotten Guide To Happiness By Sophie JenkinsThe Forgotten Guide To Happiness 
by Sophie Jenkins
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; ePub edition edition (9 Aug. 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 0008281807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008281809

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Review

Completely enchanting and a glimpse of life at its best.

The Forgotten Guide To Happiness follows Lana and Nancy in an unlikely journey of friendship and self discovery. Lana believes she is perfectly happy to left alone with her books and Nancy's dementia leaves her in a world which is no longer completely real.

Very much like myself, Lana finds it very difficult to make friends and is quite happy being left to it with her treasured books. I felt an instant connection to her character and felt almost like my own story was panning out across the pages. A delightful character development plot for Lana is her growing friendship with the lovely Jack. Their fake dates begin to feel a little more like actual dates as they grow closer during their time together. This kind of getting to know you scenario is my favourite kind of love story as love at first sight is often doomed for disaster.

Nancy's story is a little sadder in my opinion. I love her personality and the fact that she is an accomplished writer, but dementia is nearly always a sad case as alternate realities swallow up the individual. The strong support and love of near friends makes the situation a little easier to read but I can't help but send my heart out to her as there isn't enough family around to help her remember all her roots. 

The unfolding story of The Forgotten Guide To Happiness is so heartwarming and thought provoking that I think this book should be in everyone's home. It's an ideal read if you're feeling lost or are in the mood for an enlightening tale to brighten up your day.

There's a lot more I could say about the book but I don't want to spoil it for you. I can only go on to say how much I loved this book and how it made me rethink a few things in my own life. This itself makes The Forgotten Guide To Happiness worth its weight in gold.  




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