Title: How to Look Happy
Author: Stacey Wiedower
Plot- From bestselling romantic comedy author Stacey Wiedower comes a story about finding love in the social media age…
Jen Dawson is an interior designer at the top of her game, with a job at the South’s hottest design firm and a fiancé who’s on the short list of the city’s most eligible catches. But her perfectly designed plans for her life fall apart when her prima donna boss screws her over and her fiancé dumps her on the same day.
What’s a self-respecting Southern girl to do? … is what she should have asked. Instead, she drowns her troubles in cocktails and then adds trouble of her own by “drunkbooking” a Facebook status that gets her in more hot water at work. As her ex reappears at all the wrong times, Jen’s flirtations heat up with all the wrong men—until she finds the one guy who makes her realize love just isn’t something she can plan. And when she vows to set her life back on track and stage a comeback, Jen uncovers shady business at her design firm that could take down the entire operation … and her, but only if she lets it.
How to Look Happy is a romantic comedy revolving around Jen Dawson. She is a sweet, down-to-earth, interior decorator with one of the best boutiques in Memphis, engaged to one of the most eligible bachelors in town. She has her entire life plan chalked out until one fateful day things fall apart. She finds out her boss is trying to sabotage one of her biggest projects and that very night her fiancé calls off the engagement. One set back at work, a failed engagement and a single drunken an status on Facebook (“drunkbooking” an interesting word to describe drunken status updates on social media) turns Jen’s life upside down. Jen gathers herself and decides to put all the miseries behind her, adopts the policy of ‘fake it till you make it’ (fake happiness) and makes a ‘how to look happy’ list.
Jen’s character is very relatable. There are lots of punches in the book at the most unexpected times that will make you chuckle. The strong and detailed portrayal of the characters adds a depth to the storyline. I love the bond between Jen and Carrie. They actually prove the saying ‘Maybe our girlfriends are our soulmates and guys are just people to have fun with” right in a way.
The flow of the book is fluent and it is very hard to put the book down. I was completely immersed in the story. I loved the writing and I am definitely going to read the other books by the author.
How to look happy is a fun, entertaining, chick-lit, romantic comedy, filled with chaos, setbacks, punches, friendship and breaking through.
I received an advanced reader’s copy of this manuscript from the aurthor in exchange for an honest review.