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The Keeper of Happy Endings (English Edition) Kindle-editie
An enchanting novel about fate, second chances, and hope, lost and found, by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Last of the Moon Girls.
Soline Roussel is well schooled in the business of happy endings. For generations her family has kept an exclusive bridal salon in Paris, where magic is worked with needle and thread. It’s said that the bride who wears a Roussel gown is guaranteed a lifetime of joy. But devastating losses during World War II leave Soline’s world and heart in ruins and her faith in love shaken. She boxes up her memories, stowing them away, along with her broken dreams, determined to forget.
Decades later, while coping with her own tragic loss, aspiring gallery owner Rory Grant leases Soline’s old property and discovers a box containing letters and a vintage wedding dress, never worn. When Rory returns the mementos, an unlikely friendship develops, and eerie parallels in Rory’s and Soline’s lives begin to surface. It’s clear that they were destined to meet—and that Rory may hold the key to righting a forty-year wrong and opening the door to shared healing and, perhaps, a little magic.
"Historically sound with a thread of supernatural intrigue, this exploration of shared experiences, learned adaptations, and the power of trust is a book that fans of Catherine Ryan Hyde, Erica Bauermeister, and Lucinda Riley will fall in love with." --Booklist
"Davis's tale of love and loss, expertly woven around the lives of two women who have nothing--and yet everything--in common, inspires hope that our own happy endings might be biding their time, ready to show up when and where we least expect them. The Keeper of Happy Endings is a perfect blending of romance and mystery with a sprinkling of magic--heartwarming and satisfying. Don't miss it!" --Kerry Anne King, bestselling author of Whisper Me This and Everything You Are
"Like a wedding dress lovingly crafted, The Keeper of Happy Endings is stitched through with secrets, romance, and mystery sure to enchant...and leave readers believing in the magic of second chances." --Christine Nolfi, bestselling author of The Passing Storm--Deze tekst verwijst naar de audioCD editie.
Over de auteur
Barbara Davis is the Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Last of the Moon Girls, When Never Comes, Summer at Hideaway Key, The Wishing Tide, The Secrets She Carried, and Love, Alice. She spent more than a decade as an executive in the jewelry business before leaving the corporate world to pursue her lifelong passion for writing. A Jersey girl raised in the South, Barbara now lives in Rochester, New Hampshire, with her husband, Tom. She's currently working on her next book. Visit her at www.barbaradavis-author.com.--Deze tekst verwijst naar de audioCD editie.
- ASIN : B08X48G5VL
- Uitgever : Lake Union Publishing (1 oktober 2021)
- Taal : Engels
- Bestandsgrootte : 4192 KB
- Tekst-naar-spraak : Ingeschakeld
- Schermlezer : Ondersteund
- Verbeterd lettertype : Ingeschakeld
- X-Ray : Ingeschakeld
- Word Wise : Ingeschakeld
- Printlengte : 415 pagina's
- Plaats in bestsellerlijst: #22,109 in Kindle Store (Top 100 in bekijkenKindle Store)
Beste recensies uit andere landen
She persists in writing about french windows without writing French properly....even my red squiggly line autocorrect thing picks it up as I compose this review !! This time she does it with chardonnay, too, which should also be capitalised. She does THAT American thing of assuming we know every acronym or abbreviation she throws in, because she doesn't explain them, which means we have to stop reading to google what NPR or Tuft's or MFA or MLS or a Bernina is.....and another repeated error from her is writing ticked and not ticced. However, no apostrophe mistakes again which is to be appreciated.
Little bits were left unsaid....we didn't know what happened to the Kennedy gown nor THE dress that Soline carried across continents...this left me a bit flat, especially that last, since it featured heavily. I'd like to think Rory could maybe utilise it one day.....
Errors aside, I enjoyed the story again and she has some lovely little remarks in it, such as, "There are all sorts of heroes, and almost none of them will ever have something shiny pinned to their chests" and I love the idea of the echoes as well. This made me smile-"I've been warned about Americans, all disarming smiles and apple pie" and the passage about a bride's spine is a tremendous one as well.
Certain things that occurred I guessed were going to be the case but I enjoyed it nonetheless and a couple of parts had me decidedly sniffy....
However, if I read another by her I'd expect the nitpicking mistakes to have been tidied up.....
This line is a turning point in the story and happens at just about the 70% mark. Daughter, Rory, has finally stood up to her mother, Camilla. It’s been a long time coming and desperately needed. Boy, did this resonate with me! I was quite a few years older, but said words very much like those to my mother; they changed my life.
“The Keeper of Happy Endings” is all about mothers, daughters and the hard changes in life. Told from two POV’s that are clearly marked at the beginning of each chapter, the story also bounces around between multiple timelines. These are well marked also but less smooth on the transitions; there’s too many for my liking. While info dumps aren’t great fun, neither are lots of short hops to fill in the story.
Soline and Anson’s story begins in France during WW2. After Nazi infiltration, Soline escapes to the USA and Anson is presumed dead. His father is an evil puppet master. Rory and Hux meet stateside, he goes off to the S. Sudan to serve with Doctors w/o Borders and is captured. Her mother is a “Mommy Dearest” contender. These two women meet in true fiction happenstance and their lives are a tangle of tragedy and hope with a touch of magic.
Magic isn’t really an huge element in the story in the fantasy or fantastical way. Think intuition and you’ll have more of the influence from that element. This is a complicated plot with complex relationships, some of which I figured out early on and others were a nice surprise.
Author, Barbara Davis, delivered a family saga that’s free from graphic violence, sexual content and has only 2-3 very soft expletives. It’s so refreshing to find authors who can write well without assaulting my senses in the process. For those romance fans, the proverbial HEA is alive and well.
This is a solid story with a complicated plot that will require your attention. It’s well written and has a little something for everyone: history, family intrigue, mystery, strained relationships, WW2, love and reconciliation. Something in that list should appeal to you, it’s “The Keeper of Happy Endings”, after all📚
Stories of War & More September 2021 #1
Soline, is a wonderfully drawn character, her story falling into place across the whole story.
Rory, or Aurora as her mother calls her, is a different, but equally well-written character. Much of the novel she came across as 'incomplete,' a woman finding out who she is, once she realises she does not have to be the person others expect her to be. Such a well written character, it was easy to feel that painful transition, and that feeling of being lost whilst she discovered herself.
The third female character, Rory mother was harder to like. Only in the last few chapters did I warm to her, and even then she was still a woman I would be wary of!
The author, Barbara Davis, achieved this subtle change from active dislike of Rory mother through the careful dropping of conversational lines; without showing her whole hand. So focused on the developing relationship between Soline and Rory, I missed some early pointers about Rory mother, and found myself backtracking.
The language of the book is calm, soft, emotional and gentle. Even the heightened moments, confusion or painful emotions of the characters, felt softened by the love that flows through each page as each woman wrestles with their own inner pain.
This is a book I will be recommending to others