The Theory of Happily Ever After - eBookKristin BillerbeckRevell / 2018 / ePub$8.47 Retail:3.5 out of 5 stars for The Theory of Happily Ever After - eBook. View reviews of this product. 31 Reviews
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Arletta4 Stars Out Of 5Cruise ships, friends and finding loveAugust 21, 2018ArlettaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I have enjoyed all of Kristin's other books and this one didn't disappoint. Maggie's two friends drag her on a single's cruise where she is to present on her findings of happily ever after. A contemporary romance, The Theory of Happily Ever After makes you laugh and cry.
Fitzysmom4 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMJune 25, 2018FitzysmomQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Kristin Billerbeck is an author that you can count on for a lighthearted story that also contains a fair amount of depth. Her stories are the perfect accompaniment to a lazy afternoon and a cold glass of iced tea.
The Theory of Happily Ever After is both funny and sad. I know funny and sad don't seem to go together but in this case they do. The opening scene finds Dr. Maggie Maguire drowning her sorrows in way too much ice cream and Hallmark Channel movies. She's just been dumped by her fianc in a very humiliating way. To add insult to injury she's written a best-selling book on happiness and she's anything but.
Maggie's two best friends, Haley and Kathleen, have decided she needs an intervention. But their idea of an intervention isn't what a normal person would expect. Haley also functions as Maggie's publicist so she booked them all on a singles cruise to promote Maggie's new book. Her rational is that it gets Maggie back on her feet and also helps book sales. To say that Maggie is less than enthusiastic is an understatement. Did I mention that her friends were well meaning? They are, but a singles cruise is probably not the best idea for a recently dumped girl.
The cruise is anything but smooth sailing for Maggie. One mess after another seems to follow her. But in the midst of the mess is Sam Wellington. At first he appears to be just another irritant but before long he becomes the balm that Maggie's hurting soul needs.
As Maggie and Sam's relationship deepens so does the story. At first I wasn't sure that I was going to like this book but the farther I got into it the more I liked it. There was a vulnerability to both Sam and Maggie that was easy to relate to.
If contemporary romance is your genre of choice I would definitely recommend this book. It's a light read but not loaded with fluff. I think you'll enjoy the characters and sympathize with the crazy situation. Treat yourself and go pick it up!
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Karen KlepsteenSouth DakotaAge: 35-44Gender: Female2 Stars Out Of 5Not what I expectedMay 31, 2018Karen KlepsteenSouth DakotaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2The premise of this book is promising: girl gets dumped, goes on a cruise with friends, and meets the right guy. While this book covers those plot points, it doesn't do it in a way that's endearing. The main character, Maggie, is supposed to be very cerebral, but she comes across as a wishy-washy hot mess. She goes back and forth so many times on her feelings for Sam that it's frustrating, and I can't empathize with that level of indecision. Her interactions with him are confusing, and they spend more time arguing and debating than falling in love. Her two best friends are supposed to be her support, but Maggie spends more time resenting them than bonding with them, and I can understand why. They're not likable, and her friend Haley in particular is just rude. She continues to pursue Sam even after she sees him kissing Maggie. Seriously, what kind of friend is that?!
From what I understand, this book is supposed to be Christian fiction, but the faith element is weak, and Maggie is quick to use derogatory names for people that she doesn't like. I admit that we probably all do that sometimes, but it just threw me off a little to find it in this book.
This was my first book by Kristin Billerbeck. I'll probably read some of her other books to see if they are more enjoyable. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Mel A4 Stars Out Of 5A Fun Summer ReadMay 30, 2018Mel AQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0What a fun summer read! The setting of a cruise ship makes you feel like you're on vacation. I really enjoyed Maggie, the main character, and her quirky personality. Not just a self-help guru, but a happiness scientist, which means she's super smart; just insecure in her genius. It was fun to follow along on her self-awareness journey in realizing she doesn't have to be perfect to be loved, she doesn't have to try to make everyone happy, and she's beautiful just the way she is. The chemistry between Maggie and Sam is absolutely delicious! Reading about their time together just left me wanting more.
The only negative I found was in Maggie's two best friends, Kathleen and Haley. Both of their personalities are strong and pushy. I'm not sure if this book will be a series, but I felt like both of them need a story of their own just so they can learn some serious life lessons. It was obvious that they both love their friend, but they were very pushy in what they thought Maggie should be doing with her time and career. I was glad to see Maggie stand up for herself to these two.
All in all, I really enjoyed The Theory of Happily Ever After and look forward to reading more from Kristin Billerbeck as this was my first book from her.
Renee CPAAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Not my favorite :-(May 28, 2018Renee CPAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0It has been ages since I've read a Kristin Billerbeck book, but one thing is still clear, she still reigns as the queen of Christian chick lit. I'm pretty sure her Ashley Stockingdale series was the only contemporary fiction I read way back in the early 2000s. The last time I read one of Kristin's books was A Billion Reasons Why about 7 years ago. I adored that romance, so I thought it was about time I picked up another of her books. Unfortunately The Theory of Happily Ever After was not for me.
First off, Maggie seemed very snobby, judgmental, and caught up in herself. I loved that she was a romance addict like me, but that's pretty much where the liking stopped. The bad attitude towards nearly everyone she met on the ship, especially during the speed dating rounds made me think of Regina George from Mean Girls. She was so darn negative about everyone. Yes, she went through a major breakup, but overall her personality was that of the antagonists she proclaimed to loathe in the Hallmark movies she was addicted to. The fact that she also basically went for a guy her best friend had expressed interest in irked me to no end. Ugh!
This book had such potential. The plot was fun. The idea of two basic opposites and a shipboard romance was right up my alley, but Maggie was not a likeable character. Sam came across as a little misogynistic too. I love the J Crew wearing, broad shouldered guy as much as the next girl, but as soon as he muttered that smart girls can't be truly happy, I was done with him. That said, I still think Kristin is queen of chick lit as I noted at the start of this review. I will absolutely read whatever she comes out with next, since this is really the first book of hers I haven't been over the moon about!
~ My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars ~