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The Secret of Happy Ever After

Lucy Dillon

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Romance

A captivating story of love, friendship and a bookclub that you'll never forget - from the author of LOST DOGS AND LONELY HEARTS and WALKING BACK TO HAPPINESS.

When story-lover Anna takes over Longhampton's bookshop, it's her dream come true. And not just because it gets her away from her three rowdy stepchildren and their hyperactive Dalmatian.

Unpacking boxes filled with childhood classics, Anna can't shake the feeling that maybe her own fairytale ending isn't all that she'd hoped for. But, as the stories of love, adventure, secret gardens, lost dogs, wicked witches and giant peaches breathe new life into the neglected shop, Anna and her customers get swept up in the magic too.

Even Anna's best friend Michelle - who categorically doesn't believe in true love and handsome princes - isn't immune.

But when secrets from Michelle's own childhood come back to haunt her, and disaster threatens Anna's home, will the wisdom and charm of the stories in the bookshop help the two friends - and those they love - find their own happy ever afters

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Praise for The Secret of Happy Ever After


  • 'Fans of Katie Fforde will devour this latest novel from the Cumbrian-born author quicker than a mince pie... Nostalgic, heart-warming and honest, this is a tale of love and friendship at its very best.' - Press Association

  • A tender story that strikes at the heart . . . Smartly written and delightfully sweet with a tinge of nostalgia laced throughout, this story is a wonderful read. - Romantic Times TOP PICK

  • Lucy Dillon's voice is gentle and kind throughout...perceptive and well handled. A heart-warming piece of escapism for long winter nights. - Red

  • Perfect to snuggle up with on a cold winter's afternoon - Bella

  • A modern fairy-tale for grown ups - Sun


  • 'witty, heart-warming and a very real tale of loss and redemption' - Stylist

  • Heartwarming, romantic and funny, Lucy Dillon's latest offering is the perfect Christmas stocking filler... Shut out the world on a cold winter's night with this entertaining and easy-to-read tale. - News of the World

  • Warm, fluffy and fun. - Cosmopolitan

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Lucy Dillon

Lucy Dillon was born in Cumbria. She won the Romantic Novelists' Association Novel of the Year Award in 2010 for Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts, and is the bestselling author of four other novels: The Ballroom Class, Walking Back to Happiness, The Secret of Happy Ever After and A Hundred Pieces of Me. Lucy now divides her time between London and the Wye Valley where she enjoys walking in the Malvern Hills with her basset hounds, Violet and Bonham. You can follow her on Twitter @lucy_dillon or on Facebook

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