The Theory of Happily Ever After
According to Dr. Maggie Maguire, happiness is serious science, as serious as Maggie takes herself. But science can't always account for life's anomalies--for instance, why her fiancé dumped her for a silk-scarf acrobat and how the breakup sent Maggie spiraling into an extended ice cream-fueled chick flick binge.Concerned that she might never pull herself out of this nosedive, Maggie's friends book her as a speaker on a "New Year, New You" cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. Maggie wonders if she's qualified to teach others about happiness when she can't muster up any for herself. But when a handsome stranger on board insists that smart women can't ever be happy, Maggie sets out to prove him wrong. Along the way she may discover that happiness has far less to do with the head than with the heart.Filled with memorable characters, snappy dialogue, and touching romance, Kristin Billerbeck's The Theory of Happily Ever After shows that the search for happiness may be futile--because sometimes happiness is already out there searching for you.

The Theory of Happily Ever After Details

TitleThe Theory of Happily Ever After
Author
ReleaseMay 1st, 2018
PublisherRevell
ISBN-139780800729448
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Fiction, Christian Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

The Theory of Happily Ever After Review

  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from the publisher (Revell Books) in exchange for an honest review. Typically I really like chick lit and rom-coms, but I didn’t really like this one. My main issue with this book was the characters. The main character, Maggie, was pretty annoying for the first half of the book. All she would do was complain about her life over and over again. It got way too repetitive. Maggie’s two best friends were annoying too, especially Haley. I could not stand Haley at all. Sh I received this book for free from the publisher (Revell Books) in exchange for an honest review. Typically I really like chick lit and rom-coms, but I didn’t really like this one. My main issue with this book was the characters. The main character, Maggie, was pretty annoying for the first half of the book. All she would do was complain about her life over and over again. It got way too repetitive. Maggie’s two best friends were annoying too, especially Haley. I could not stand Haley at all. She acted like a spoiled brat and was not a very good friend, in my opinion. The male characters were slightly better. I really liked Sam, but I thought Brent was just okay. I also found the book to be too short. I felt like towards the end, the story was just starting to take shape. The book definitely could have benefitted from some more fleshing out. In regards to what I liked, I enjoyed the premise of the book. The singles’ cruise was a clever idea.I also liked the references to Disney princesses. There were nods to Beauty and the Beast (at one point Maggie even dresses up as Belle) and one reference to Frozen (pg. 168-“I needed to find solace in another Disney princess and follow her advice: let it go”).Overall, the book would have been more enjoyable if the characters were less bothersome.For more book reviews, be sure to check out my blog: https://oddandbookish.wordpress.com/
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  • Maddy
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, this book is adorable. I was a little hesitant about starting it but it didn’t disappoint. This book was so much fun to read and it literally had me laughing out loud at times. I tried to read only a couple chapters at a time so that it would last longer, lol. That’s how much I enjoyed this. I honestly love the idea of having a book being set on a cruise. I mean, how fun is that? Maggie and her two friends definitely all had their own personalities but despite their differences, they had suc Ok, this book is adorable. I was a little hesitant about starting it but it didn’t disappoint. This book was so much fun to read and it literally had me laughing out loud at times. I tried to read only a couple chapters at a time so that it would last longer, lol. That’s how much I enjoyed this. I honestly love the idea of having a book being set on a cruise. I mean, how fun is that? Maggie and her two friends definitely all had their own personalities but despite their differences, they had such a fun and real friendship. While I really enjoyed all of the characters, Maggie was probably my favorite, even though her life was a mess at times. She definitely was a little whiny and got to the point where all she wanted to do was sit in the couch and watch chick flicks, but I honestly didn’t mind that. It definitely added to her character and made her that more humorous. I don’t read many chick flick books, but this one had me grinning from beginning to end. The romance in this book was also really sweet. There was Sam who she constantly was debating with and then Brent who wanted her to forget about her job for a little bit and have some fun. I honestly loved the times she spent with Brent. He took her out to have some “adventures” and guys it was great. XD There was also a ball at the end and it perfectly wrapped up the book. *heart eyes* I also loved the different movie references put in here. Movies/ tv shows such as When Calls the Heart, The Phantom of the Opera, and Beauty and the Beast are mentioned. XD Obviously, this is chick flick and with that does come with some stuff that I don’t really care for. The girls are frequently thinking that the men look sexy, there are a lot of jokes about bikinis, etc. This book is definitely appropriate but it has little stuff like that throughout it. Overall, I really enjoyed this book! With the being said though, I normally like chick flicks so that may be part of it. This is definitely a chick flick so if you like those then I definitely recommend this one! * I received a free copy of this book by Revell in exchange of my honest review. All thoughts are my own and I’m not required to write a positive review.”
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  • Robin Hatcher
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adored The Theory of Happily Ever After from first page to last. Billerbeck’s signature humor made me laugh again and again, and her memorable characters stole my heart. Don’t miss this one!
  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m done. And that just ruined my view on contemporary books.The Theory Of Happily Ever After, by Kristin Billerbeck. ~_~_~_~_~On Thursday, I got an email from Revell, saying..."You must post your review on The Theory Of Happily Ever After before the 28th, Monday, Or you'll be kicked out of the program"[Welllllll....it didn't exactly say that..... XD] Me: "WHAT!! I HAVEN"T EVEN STARTED IT YET!"So i got down to reading it. From the back:"According to Dr. Maggie Maguire, hap Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m done. And that just ruined my view on contemporary books.The Theory Of Happily Ever After, by Kristin Billerbeck. ~_~_~_~_~On Thursday, I got an email from Revell, saying..."You must post your review on The Theory Of Happily Ever After before the 28th, Monday, Or you'll be kicked out of the program"[Welllllll....it didn't exactly say that..... XD] Me: "WHAT!! I HAVEN"T EVEN STARTED IT YET!"So i got down to reading it. From the back:"According to Dr. Maggie Maguire, happiness is serious science, as serious as Maggie takes herself. But science can't always account for life's anomalies--for instance, why her fiancé dumped her for a silk-scarf acrobat and how the breakup sent Maggie spiraling into an extended ice cream-fueled chick flick binge.

Concerned that she might never pull herself out of this nosedive, Maggie's friends book her as a speaker on a "New Year, New You" cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. Maggie wonders if she's qualified to teach others about happiness when she can't muster up any for herself. But when a handsome stranger on board insists that smart women can't ever be happy, Maggie sets out to prove him wrong. Along the way she may discover that happiness has far less to do with the head than with the heart.

Filled with memorable characters, snappy dialogue, and touching romance, Kristin Billerbeck's The Theory of Happily Ever After shows that the search for happiness may be futile--because sometimes happiness is already out there searching for you."
My Rating:2.5 stars.
Things I disliked-Not necessary comments, such as: booty, a 'sexy dress', underwear, bikini's.Mentions of boyfriends, guys falling at Haley's feet and she just brushes them off, Jake and Maggie broke up, many mentions of their breakup, Maggie was at a bar but only drinks sparkling water, Maggie jokes about drinking and alcohol.Magggie says “don’t they know it’s five o’clock somewhere?” And “this crowd needs some beer googles” many mentions of drinking and people getting drunk. Mentions of social media such as, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat.Uses of, 'oh my goodness', 'heck', many uses of ‘sexy’, one ‘holy cow’Maggie kept her some things from her parents. So many mentions of bands and singers, such as Taylor Swift, Barry Manilow, (and his song, “Mandy”), Spice Girls, Lady Gaga, One Direction, Brittney Spears, And a few other songs. Maggie and her two friends go “speed-dating” as an event on the cruise ship. Mentions of brands such as, Louis Vuitton, Juicy Couture, mention that “Maggie couldn’t ever get used to the idea of having ‘Juicy’ plastered across her bum”, Many mentions of Hallmark. Mention of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ (TV show), Beauty and the Beast, Maggie kisses Sam on the cruise.

Things I Liked:It started off very humorous! I wasn't sure what to think of it, but i found it a lot like Erynn Mangum's books. And Maggie and her love of Hallmark!Maggie had a very interesting job and she was an author too! Its so nice to see a different job rather then the usual. I’ll admit it. I thought Maggie was kind of a disgusting couch potato sometimes. Ik Ik, I bet I’m like that at times but it was just so gross.Though, I was very disappointed to see this in the Christian Fiction world. Little faith content in the first 3/4 but the last quarter was so much better. At about 50 % through I really lost my interest so I basically just scanned through the rest and read some parts. I didn’t like Maggie kissing Sam on the cruise, I found that pretty dumb. A lot of mentions of people getting drunk and drinking. Maggie makes some very unwise choices that I didn’t like and I really lost my likeness of her!! I just wanted to tell her to smarten up! And mentions of When Calls The Heart—-Whoop whoop!!! I really liked the ending which bumped it up 1/2 star, which brings my rating to 2.5 stars. It just really wasn’t my cup of tea! Review coming to blog: 05/28/18
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  • Amber Stokes
    January 1, 1970
    The Theory of Happily Ever After is a rom-com about a scientist and bestselling author who's become a tad bit obsessed with rom-coms. If you're looking for a fun all-over-the-place romance that takes some outlandish turns while on a cruise ship out at sea, then this book has got you covered! I confess, there are things I liked and didn't like so much about the nature of this story.While there's a lot of silliness, there are also some sweet and serious themes about moving forward and finding hope The Theory of Happily Ever After is a rom-com about a scientist and bestselling author who's become a tad bit obsessed with rom-coms. If you're looking for a fun all-over-the-place romance that takes some outlandish turns while on a cruise ship out at sea, then this book has got you covered! I confess, there are things I liked and didn't like so much about the nature of this story.While there's a lot of silliness, there are also some sweet and serious themes about moving forward and finding hope when you'd rather hide from life. The main character is dealing with some real struggles in the present along with hurts from her past, and while she doesn't always find the best ways to cope, she's authentic in her pain and dreams. Also, many readers should appreciate her love of Hallmark movies!The descriptions of the cruise ship and available activities are pretty fun. It keeps things interesting to go from chapter to chapter, wondering what Maggie will try (or run from) next.As for Maggie's antics and the attitudes of the supporting cast... It's hard to really love these characters. Despite feeling sorry for Maggie, her thoughts and reactions can get a bit annoying. Her friends have very distinctive and different personalities, which is nice, but they're also super pushy and sometimes feel more bossy than supportive. And one of the friends starts acting pretty childish in a middle-school way at a certain part of the story.The men have some attractive qualities, but it's rather hard to see what draws them to Maggie (or keeps their attention) when she's rude or overdramatic or behaving in a wishy-washy manner. Both of the main guys sometimes act in a way that doesn't seem realistic.Perhaps this style just isn't quite right for me. I do appreciate that deeper themes are addressed, and it isn't all fun and games. But there are some rather crazy twists and turns and over-the-top characters that can get on one's nerves. The Theory of Happily Ever After is clever and enjoyable in parts, but a bit too much for me.*With thanks to Revell through NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary e-ARC of this book.*
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  • Joy
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I have absolutely no clue what I just read. And that's not a good thing. The story line is bland and the characters annoying. From the main character who's complaining got old by chapter one to her best friends who I wouldn't want to hang around with under any circumstances ever.These so-called "Theories" of Happily Ever After are annoying as the main character does absolutely nothing but sulk for 90 percent of the book. Even t I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I have absolutely no clue what I just read. And that's not a good thing. The story line is bland and the characters annoying. From the main character who's complaining got old by chapter one to her best friends who I wouldn't want to hang around with under any circumstances ever.These so-called "Theories" of Happily Ever After are annoying as the main character does absolutely nothing but sulk for 90 percent of the book. Even the witty writing could not save this book.I don't recommend this one.
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  • Colleen
    January 1, 1970
    I adore Kristin Billerbeck's books, and this book is quintessential Billerbeck! Loved the fun dialogue and the cruise setting. Highly recommend it!
  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    The Theory of Happily Ever After is a romantic comedy with a hidden, tender heart. Maggie might be a doctor on the science of happiness- and she has a bestseller to prove it- but that doesn’t mean she has all the answers. So when her fiancé leaves her for another woman, she is unsure how to move forward. Overwhelmed with the choices she must now make to direct her future research, resume her employment in the same place as her ex, and finish (or actually start) her next book, she finds that ice The Theory of Happily Ever After is a romantic comedy with a hidden, tender heart. Maggie might be a doctor on the science of happiness- and she has a bestseller to prove it- but that doesn’t mean she has all the answers. So when her fiancé leaves her for another woman, she is unsure how to move forward. Overwhelmed with the choices she must now make to direct her future research, resume her employment in the same place as her ex, and finish (or actually start) her next book, she finds that ice cream and movies are the only cure. Until her friends drag her on a cruise for singles where, surprise, Maggie is to be a guest speaker. Can Maggie prove to her friends, the handsome stranger who challenges her research, and ultimately to herself that she has the power to change her life and choose what she wants?I found that I had to really dig deep to enjoy this book. It has an excellent message and a tender heart buried underneath all the distractions and complications, but it took a bit of perseverance to uncover it. I could cope with the endless putting down of herself and whining that Maggie frequently engages in. Sometimes everyone needs to indulge in a little wallowing, right? I could look past the repetition of stating the same things over and over (the word gelato or ice cream is used over 20 times in just the first few chapters. So what if Maggie is eating ice cream. Who cares????!!). I could overlook the friend-shaming and competition over a man’s interest between friends. But the woman shaming, the “dumb and willing” labels of another woman who we know nothing about was just plain juvenile and unnecessary. Yet underneath all that is a story about a woman who is seriously hurting- not from heartbreak over a broken engagement, but from a grief that runs much deeper and from an upbringing that taught her to doubt herself and chase success rather than fulfilment. It was this story of Maggie finally realising the power she has over her own future that I enjoyed. The Theory of Happily Ever After is an inspirational story and references to Christianity, church and God are sprinkled throughout. Yet the characters remain distinctly human - flaws, jealousy, judgment, mistakes, and all. The setting - a cruise along the Mexico coastline - is a lighthearted setting for this lighthearted novel and plenty of hilarity ensues, mostly at Maggie’s expense. Sometime inane, sometimes downright ridiculous, The Theory of Happily Ever After is a lighthearted examination of moving forward, finding the right you and following a new path for your life, even if it means standing up to your friends, family, and everything you have been taught all your life. And while a happy ending might not be a solution to problems in the real world, it’s fun (if a little chaotic) to join Maggie on her journey to a happy ending.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Sarah Monzon
    January 1, 1970
    I’m torn. There were parts of this book I really liked. The premise of it—a science of happiness expert whose still searching for happiness herself—was great. And being in a situation singles cruise had the set up for some funny moments. Also, it’s written in first person and I love that. The problem is that I didn’t love Maggie. I found her annoying at times and repetitive. Kind of wanted to shake her. Wanted to shake her friends, especially Hailey, too. I really liked Sam though. And loved the I’m torn. There were parts of this book I really liked. The premise of it—a science of happiness expert whose still searching for happiness herself—was great. And being in a situation singles cruise had the set up for some funny moments. Also, it’s written in first person and I love that. The problem is that I didn’t love Maggie. I found her annoying at times and repetitive. Kind of wanted to shake her. Wanted to shake her friends, especially Hailey, too. I really liked Sam though. And loved the deeper, spiritual message although I think it got lost a bit with the drama between Maggie, Hailey, and Sam.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to love this book and I really thought that I would but unfortunately that was not the case. I love the cover of the book and the setting is a cruise ship which is one of my favorite scenes to read about.The plot was decent…a woman who wrote the book on happiness gets dumped and falls into a slump filled with Hallmark movies and gelato. Her friends convince her to go on a singles cruise, where of course, she meets men. I wasn’t a fan of how the plot was executed…there was a lot of empha I wanted to love this book and I really thought that I would but unfortunately that was not the case. I love the cover of the book and the setting is a cruise ship which is one of my favorite scenes to read about.The plot was decent…a woman who wrote the book on happiness gets dumped and falls into a slump filled with Hallmark movies and gelato. Her friends convince her to go on a singles cruise, where of course, she meets men. I wasn’t a fan of how the plot was executed…there was a lot of emphasis on Maggie’s research and a lot of scientific/psychology talk that I became very bored with. I also found the writing style to be difficult…it wasn’t an easy read, something about it didn’t flow well.I also found the characters to be exhausting and unlikable. I had a hard time rooting for any of them.I did find the faith content to be good and appreciated how it was included in the book.Overall, this just wasn’t the book for me. I enjoy the occasional cute chick-lit, but this one just didn’t do it for me.My Rating: 2 starsI received this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Kate Campos
    January 1, 1970
    For starters, I will admit that one thing I liked about this book was it discussed the duality of wanting to be a tough, modern woman while also feeling the need to keep secret the fantasies of wanting to be romanced, to be wooed, to fall in love and enjoy it. I admired that big picture effort. However.... I really did not like everything I had to peel back in order to get there, especially since chick lit has never been a top 5 favorite genre for me. Even less so when it has been poorly edited. For starters, I will admit that one thing I liked about this book was it discussed the duality of wanting to be a tough, modern woman while also feeling the need to keep secret the fantasies of wanting to be romanced, to be wooed, to fall in love and enjoy it. I admired that big picture effort. However.... I really did not like everything I had to peel back in order to get there, especially since chick lit has never been a top 5 favorite genre for me. Even less so when it has been poorly edited. So here are three reasons I narrowed down for why I did not like this title: First and foremost, it is wrought with references to gelato and rom-coms. Especially Hallmark movies. So. Many. Hallmark. Movies. The whole post-breakup “wallowing with a tub of ice cream on the couch watching cheesy romance” is incredibly cliche. I felt like I was gaining weight and losing brain cells just reading about it. Every. Other. Page. (Hyperbole alert: she doesn’t actually do it the whole book, but the references continue til the very end and are equally nauseating.)Secondly, the men are blatantly chauvinistic, and her opinions toward them are hot and cold, but not in a realistic way. It is as though the chapters betray very clearly that they were written at different times because they carry such strikingly different voices from our protagonist. Finally, the science on which her work is based is not very scientific. One minute she’s insisting she can prove something, while the next minute she is shaking her hands and insisting “Well, it’s not like we can really prove it.” This was probably the biggest disappointment, seeing as the author went to the work to start each chapter with quotes from her protagonist’s book and I actually found the potential behind the science interesting. To be truthful, most of her science is based on the stereotypes women tell themselves about being happy and quick fixes, and the obstacles she comes upon are based on stereotypes women hear from the world. So it’s an unveiling of something more to happiness, but without enough evidence in the book to substantiate the science as a university grade field, it just didn’t work for me.So like I said, I think the good intent was there but the delivery fell flat. *I received a copy for review from the publisher through Booklist.
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  • Suzie
    January 1, 1970
    Chick Lit has become less rare than a decade ago, but it’s still around. It’s been a few years since Kristen Billerbeck gave us her brand of chick lit, so learning she had a new book coming out, just in time for summer vacations, had me excited. The concept of The Theory of Happily Ever After is interesting. A scientist who wrote a best-selling book about happiness based on research who is anything but happy dragged on a cruise by her two best friends? What could go wrong? Well, it turns out ple Chick Lit has become less rare than a decade ago, but it’s still around. It’s been a few years since Kristen Billerbeck gave us her brand of chick lit, so learning she had a new book coming out, just in time for summer vacations, had me excited. The concept of The Theory of Happily Ever After is interesting. A scientist who wrote a best-selling book about happiness based on research who is anything but happy dragged on a cruise by her two best friends? What could go wrong? Well, it turns out plenty can go wrong, including a lot of drama. I mean, Maggie has some just plain bad luck on the ship. But she’s got her best friends with her and the attention of two good looking men.There were a few laugh aloud moments but I saw the potential for a few more than were missed. The biggest missed opportunity in this book was development of some of the supporting characters. One of  Maggie’s friend’s starts acting like a middle school mean girl while the other bosses them around. In fact, more often than not, Maggie’s friends come across more bossy than concerned or supportive. And then there’s the whole issue with the rehashing of about five topics continuously throughout the stories. I mean, I get it, Maggie likes Hallmark movies (for the same reason most of us like Hallmark movies, by the way). While there were some aspects of this book that could have been better examined by leaving out a mention or two (or ten) of aforesaid Hallmark movies, there is a strong theme of finding what brings you happiness, of not letting others decide what you want in life, and of grieving loss instead of burying it. Over all, The Theory of Happily Ever After had some high points and some low points for me which equals an average read. It also left a few unanswered questions about Maggie’s friends which makes me wonder if we’ll be seeing them again in future books. Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  
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  • Cayla
    January 1, 1970
    Some women are meant to be rescued and romanced. Others, like me, are meant to take notes.Yay, Kirstin Billerbeck is back! I was a little apprehensive about starting this since picking up a new Kristin Billerbeck novel is sort of like meeting your idol from childhood - will it stand the test of time? I adored Billerbeck's novels in high school and since then her books have been hit or miss with me, but this one was definitely a hit. I loved Maggie and her struggle between wanting both intellect Some women are meant to be rescued and romanced. Others, like me, are meant to take notes.Yay, Kirstin Billerbeck is back! I was a little apprehensive about starting this since picking up a new Kristin Billerbeck novel is sort of like meeting your idol from childhood - will it stand the test of time? I adored Billerbeck's novels in high school and since then her books have been hit or miss with me, but this one was definitely a hit. I loved Maggie and her struggle between wanting both intellect and love. The setting of the cruise ship was great, and I found myself laughing out loud with some of the senarios Maggie found herself in - including her little quips along the way. I definitely related to her and rooted for her. I did find her friends to be a little harsh - I understand that they have her best interests are heart, but they're not always the kindest. I'm wondering if this book will be a part of a trio - one for each friend. Friends besides, it was a great escapist read, and reminded me of my love for chick lit when it's done right - strong characters, a charming hero, and the reminder that it's ok to be who God created you to be.Everything with me is a test on some level, which is the most likely reason I'm still single. I'm like an eternal four-year-old, always trying to figure out what makes people tick and asking "Why?" instead of just letting them be. Girl, I feel you.
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  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    After not have written a book for some time. Billerbeck hs knocked it out of the park with this come back book.I was a fan of Maggie's from the start. Billerbeck writes so that they humor pours off the page.I really loved that she made a reference to DJ Tanner. You must read the book to see what she had to say about DJ.I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our After not have written a book for some time. Billerbeck hs knocked it out of the park with this come back book.I was a fan of Maggie's from the start. Billerbeck writes so that they humor pours off the page.I really loved that she made a reference to DJ Tanner. You must read the book to see what she had to say about DJ.I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
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  • MB (What she read)
    January 1, 1970
    Some thoughts at page 135: Friends who talked to me like Maggie's do, or who demonstrated the juvenile lack of respect that hers do would no longer be friends.Just sayin.. .Particularly since they wangled themselves free cruises by riding on her coattail, using her as their cash cow. Without permission, and by coercion, let me point out.I'm really kind of blown away by how inappropriate this behavior is--in an inspirational too!*****After reading: Man, her friends were unbearable. I would have d Some thoughts at page 135: Friends who talked to me like Maggie's do, or who demonstrated the juvenile lack of respect that hers do would no longer be friends.Just sayin.. .Particularly since they wangled themselves free cruises by riding on her coattail, using her as their cash cow. Without permission, and by coercion, let me point out.I'm really kind of blown away by how inappropriate this behavior is--in an inspirational too!*****After reading: Man, her friends were unbearable. I would have dumped them...goodbye, and good riddance, don't call and don't let the door hit you..., if I were her. I'm always annoyed by main characters who've never learned to set boundaries, or deal with difficult people, and Maggie is horrid at this. She remains so throughout (no growth or learning life lessons), so I have little faith in her continued happiness even with her (fairly unconvincing) romance and 'happy ending'.
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  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    January 1, 1970
    3/5 stars. Full review to come!
  • V. Palmer
    January 1, 1970
    Kristin Billerbeck, guys. Kristin. Billerbeck. Need I say more? Obviously this novel is pure gold!When I saw that Kristin Billerbeck had a new novel releasing, I piglet squealed! And oh, it was sooo worth the wait!! Kristin Billerbeck is the queen of Chick Lit (seriously, I grovel in awe at her feet), and The Theory of Happily Ever After just solidifies her reign with her signature style that will have you snorting in an undignified manner. Long live the queen! ;-)Maggie is nerdy and confused, b Kristin Billerbeck, guys. Kristin. Billerbeck. Need I say more? Obviously this novel is pure gold!When I saw that Kristin Billerbeck had a new novel releasing, I piglet squealed! And oh, it was sooo worth the wait!! Kristin Billerbeck is the queen of Chick Lit (seriously, I grovel in awe at her feet), and The Theory of Happily Ever After just solidifies her reign with her signature style that will have you snorting in an undignified manner. Long live the queen! ;-)Maggie is nerdy and confused, but oh so relatable! Sam (and I automatically love any hero with the same name as my hubby) is the kind of swoony hero who says all the wrong things until he says all the rights things. There was an unexpected grief thread in the story that surprised me, but I thought the author handled it well. It didn't detract from the lightheartedness of the story, and it added a depth that many readers can related to -- that happiness isn't found in forgetting, but rather remembering. That true resilience is found in God and His love. That the answer is always found in love. <3Five Stars ~ The Theory of Happily Ever After is the perfect novel for laughing and forgetting your troubles while also helping you see God's love. Simply delightful! As far as I'm aware, The Theory of Happily Ever After is not a series (someone do something about this!), but Kristin Billerbeck has an awesome stash of stories in her backlist, which I also highly recommend!Disclaimer ~ In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not compensated, nor was a positive review required. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    The Theory of Happily Ever After was such a fun cute book to read. The concept that the study of happiness is a science and the whole background of being on the singles cruise ship was just a different and enjoyable setting.Dr. Maggie Maguire is the star of the science of happiness except, she is not happy and hasn’t been for some time. She was supposed to get married, but her fiancé has left her and is marrying someone else. So not only her life but her career hinges on her writing and studying The Theory of Happily Ever After was such a fun cute book to read. The concept that the study of happiness is a science and the whole background of being on the singles cruise ship was just a different and enjoyable setting.Dr. Maggie Maguire is the star of the science of happiness except, she is not happy and hasn’t been for some time. She was supposed to get married, but her fiancé has left her and is marrying someone else. So not only her life but her career hinges on her writing and studying the science of happiness. Maggie is depressed and has two favorite forms of escapism. In steps her two best friends to help and off on a cruise she goes where she is the main speaker.While trying to salvage her career and life she meets a couple of different men. One was a very happy go lucky guy, Brent, and then there was Sam, who put me in the mind of a modern day Mr. Darcy. Lots of chaos ensues and if you are looking for a rom-com with heart this would fit that bill.This story made me laugh in many places and made me sigh with how romantic it was. This was a very enjoyable story.I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    The Theory of Happily ever after is a fun comedy romance story by Kristin Billerbeck. Dr. Maggie Maguire has written a best seller on finding happiness and is under contract to write a second book. She is dumped by her fiance and co-worker and spend the next couple months at home watching TV. Her friends and publicist book her as a speaker on a “New Year, New You” cruise to the Gulf of Mexico. Her friends have to drag her from her home to get to the cruise. One of the first people she meets is a The Theory of Happily ever after is a fun comedy romance story by Kristin Billerbeck. Dr. Maggie Maguire has written a best seller on finding happiness and is under contract to write a second book. She is dumped by her fiance and co-worker and spend the next couple months at home watching TV. Her friends and publicist book her as a speaker on a “New Year, New You” cruise to the Gulf of Mexico. Her friends have to drag her from her home to get to the cruise. One of the first people she meets is a handsome man, Sam, who feels intelligent women can't be happy. This was a fun book to read, to take you away for a while. While the story line is the typical man and women meet, don't like each other then quickly fall in love, the author has written the story with fun comedy. With this story, Maggie and Sam have both lost someone they love and are having trouble moving on with their lives. This story does a good job of showing that how we respond to our struggles affect others in our lives. I would recommend this story to those who enjoy contemporary romance.I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. This is my honest review.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars ⭐ I had a love/hate relationship with this book to be completely honest. I think my biggest issue with this book were the characters, unfortunately I felt like most of them were flat and irritating. The main character Maggie complains through the whole book and I mean the whole entire book about her life and has this woe is me attitude that in the beginning was fine but after a while was so repetitive that I simply didn’t care anymore. Her friends were horrible and couldn’t even see wh 2.5 stars ⭐️ I had a love/hate relationship with this book to be completely honest. I think my biggest issue with this book were the characters, unfortunately I felt like most of them were flat and irritating. The main character Maggie complains through the whole book and I mean the whole entire book about her life and has this woe is me attitude that in the beginning was fine but after a while was so repetitive that I simply didn’t care anymore. Her friends were horrible and couldn’t even see why they were her best friends, they literally had no redeeming qualities about them. Sam was the only character that I kinda cared about and even he wasn’t a spectacular character. I did like the overall premise of the story and her friends bringing her on a singles cruise to get over a recent breakup but what I wanted to be a fun/light hearted read ended up being more of a headache then anything. Also this book is listed as Christian Fiction and while I didn’t know that when I started reading it, I felt like God and the references were literally thrown in randomly to be classified as a Christian Fiction book. I honestly don’t even think God or faith was mentioned until 3/4 of the way through the book, so personally it felt like an afterthought and a totally confusing one at that. Overall this book was just way too problematic for me to really enjoy. I thought I would fly through it and instead I trudged though it. I did receive this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.
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  • Doreen
    January 1, 1970
    This book was fun. I laughed out loud long and hard a time or two. Even though Dr. Maggie Maguire is a happiness scientist, she’s not very happy herself, and this makes her wonder if she’s a fraud. Her friends force her to take a singles’ cruise, not telling her she’s the speaker, to get her out of her funk. While her friends do some amazing things for Maggie, at times they are brutally harsh with her. I found that hard to take. The fact that someone Maggie has just met seems to get her more tha This book was fun. I laughed out loud long and hard a time or two. Even though Dr. Maggie Maguire is a happiness scientist, she’s not very happy herself, and this makes her wonder if she’s a fraud. Her friends force her to take a singles’ cruise, not telling her she’s the speaker, to get her out of her funk. While her friends do some amazing things for Maggie, at times they are brutally harsh with her. I found that hard to take. The fact that someone Maggie has just met seems to get her more than they do is just plain sad. Maggie is so beaten down, she doesn’t feel she’s worth loving. Two men, who may be polar opposites, show an interest in her. I loved Brent’s fun, outlook on life and appreciated Sam’s observant thoughtfulness. Both help Maggie grow in their own ways. But which one is a keeper? Or will Maggie return to grieving her ex-fiance? This was the first book I’ve read by this author and it will definitely not be my last. I enjoyed the quirky characters and the great descriptions and colorful imagery. It was a treat. Thank you to Revell for providing me with a free e-copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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  • MJSH
    January 1, 1970
    "Forgetting the pain isn't the answer - feeling the love we had is."Kristin Billerbeck spins a youthful, snarky, aching yet hopeful tale between a down-in-the dumps happiness scientist/researcher Maggie and a brooding contemplative Sam set during a singles cruise to Mexico. It is told in first person present tense from Maggie's perspective, which helps the reader really get into her brain but does lead the plot to slow down at times because Maggie is stubborn and somewhat clueless or sometimes s "Forgetting the pain isn't the answer - feeling the love we had is."Kristin Billerbeck spins a youthful, snarky, aching yet hopeful tale between a down-in-the dumps happiness scientist/researcher Maggie and a brooding contemplative Sam set during a singles cruise to Mexico. It is told in first person present tense from Maggie's perspective, which helps the reader really get into her brain but does lead the plot to slow down at times because Maggie is stubborn and somewhat clueless or sometimes simply doesn't get what is happening around her. Maggie and Sam both have tragic pasts and they're looking for and hoping for that "something" to help them get back to who they were before life's circumstances changed them. Maggie's life has imploded both personally and professionally and her best friends Kathleen and Haley drag her to this singles cruise to be a speaker and also to get back her groove.At first, I had some trouble connecting with Maggie, Kathleen, and Haley. They are all in their early thirties and professionals but are quite selfish, whiny, and a bit mean. Maggie does mature through the book, though, and I did find myself empathizing with her. She's the nerdy girl who is socially awkward who just really wants to be loved for who she is, not what she can do. Her understanding of God's grace and love is a touching moment in the story.The plot has plenty of comedy as well as sharply-edged dialogue. If you enjoy contemporary rom-com, you will certainly enjoy this newest offering from Kristin Billerbeck.I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group via Interview and Reviews. I was not required to write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own and subjective.
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  • Andrea Boyd
    January 1, 1970
    Even though I skimmed over some parts because it was SO repetitive, this book made me laugh, it made me want to keep reading, and there were parts of the main character's personality I could relate to.4.5
  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the premise of this book. Self-help author falls apart, gets forced on a cruise by her friends, finds love hate with the man of her dreams who has Big Secrets. Seemed very similar to Breathing Room which is a favorite I reread fairly often. I wish the description of the book had been a little more explicit that it had Christian overtones. It's fine to read when it's done well but the religious themes were wedged in with a fairly heavy hand (jamming a Bible into a character's hand I really liked the premise of this book. Self-help author falls apart, gets forced on a cruise by her friends, finds love hate with the man of her dreams who has Big Secrets. Seemed very similar to Breathing Room which is a favorite I reread fairly often. I wish the description of the book had been a little more explicit that it had Christian overtones. It's fine to read when it's done well but the religious themes were wedged in with a fairly heavy hand (jamming a Bible into a character's hand then prolonged wondering about why it's there... really?) that became distracting. It was neither this though nor the first-person-narrative that dropped this down a star for me. It was a fairly pleasant if unexciting read except that it pitted the narrator against her friend for the interest of a man. Just, no. And, ew, can we just get rid of that trope already? For those that don't mind that trope or spots of Christianity or first-person narrative, this is generally a light and fluffy read that you would probably enjoy.
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. It was far different than the Christian Romances that I normally read, and that was refreshing. I love mixing up my reading, even if I don't realize I did it until after I started it.This book is inspiring and actually had some great thoughts about how to be happy. I am going to try making them a part of my life. I love when a work of fiction is able to inspire and change your life for the better. This was a really quick, easy read and it was the perfect break from my I really enjoyed this book. It was far different than the Christian Romances that I normally read, and that was refreshing. I love mixing up my reading, even if I don't realize I did it until after I started it.This book is inspiring and actually had some great thoughts about how to be happy. I am going to try making them a part of my life. I love when a work of fiction is able to inspire and change your life for the better. This was a really quick, easy read and it was the perfect break from my ever growing to read pile. This would be a great beach read this summer, or just a lay out in the backyard read.*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    The Theory of Happily Ever After (2018) by Kristin Billerbeck is a standalone Contemporary Christian Romance. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 288 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy six-year old at home, this novel took me two days to read. I received a copy of this novel in eBook form from Revell Publishing via NetGalley. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give The Theory of Happily Ev The Theory of Happily Ever After (2018) by Kristin Billerbeck is a standalone Contemporary Christian Romance. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 288 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy six-year old at home, this novel took me two days to read. I received a copy of this novel in eBook form from Revell Publishing via NetGalley. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give The Theory of Happily Ever After 3.5 STARS.I am a bit torn with this book. On the one hand, I really love the concept — a happiness MD who is miserable. I mean, that screams hilarity. And, I absolutely love Maggie, the main character. I think she behaves EXACTLY like a person in her position would behave. She endeared herself to me almost immediately. I have been where Maggie is emotionally, so I completely get the sense of loss and exhaustion and depression that she experiences throughout this book. I get that desire to want to do something for yourself instead of doing what is expected of you. BUT, I do not like Maggie’s “best friend”, Haley, and Maggie’s mother. I actually had to put the book down to get away from those characters a couple of times. I also struggled some with the first-person narration. To me, it felt like Maggie is unreliable at times, and I don’t know if that was done on purpose or not.What I LOVED…Sam Wellington is FANTASTIC. I would read any book with him in it. He is an excellent hero!!! He is swoon worthy to say the least.Maggie and how she deals with all the bad that is thrown at her. She is very realistic and funny and self-deprecating. If she were real, I would be her friend.The singles-cruise setting is fabulous. I found this premise refreshing, unique, and funny!The Belle (from Beauty and the Beast) costume scene is the BEST scene ever! I laughed so hard.The first KISS!!! I didn’t see it coming, but loved it so much when I realized it was going to happen. Again, I love Sam Wellington.The quotes from Maggie’s book that begin each chapter are excellent! I feel like I got to read two books in one.Best Friend and MotherI am spoiled. One of the greatest humans on this earth just so happens to be my best friend. Lara is more than a friend to me. She is like my mother, my sister, and my best friend all rolled into one. She knows everything about me, but never uses that against me. She helped me through my first years of teaching, was with me the night I met the man who would be my husband, was at my wedding, got me through one of my lowest periods of life ever, and was the realtor when I bought my first home. I literally trust this lady with my life! She has been with me through highs and lows. She has listened patiently as I cried my guts out in front of her, and has always responded with the sagest of advice. I love Lara very much, and I thank God for blessing me with such a phenomenal friend.I’m telling you about my best friend so you know that I know what a best friend looks like. Haley is NOT a best friend. Haley is self-centered and selfish.Haley is supposed to be Maggie’s best friend, but she treats Maggie terribly. She is judgmental at almost every turn. I think, as the reader, I was supposed to get that Haley was speaking “truth” to Maggie, but it never came off that way to me. Several times, my feelings were hurt for Maggie because of the things Haley says. Not once did I actually get the vibe that Haley legitimately cared for Maggie. She never spoke to her respectfully. She never treated Maggie as anything other than a nuisance. Maggie had her whole life turned upside down and was reeling terribly. Instead of being a true friend and helping Maggie through everything, Haley seems to get irritated and offended. It didn’t make me feel like Haley was truly there for her BFF.Maggie’s mother is completely wretched. There is one phone call in particular that made me so mad, I wanted to throw my book across the room. If I had been reading a paperback copy of this book I would have! I get that in real life there are mean moms. I have a lot of experience with meanness in this area. So, as far as reality goes, the author completely captured a true-to-life mean mom. But for what purpose? All it did in this book was make me dislike Maggie’s mom intensely. It didn’t make me feel like, “Yes! Now the main character will pick herself up by her boot straps, stand up to her mother and her meanness, and make excellent life changes to prove her mother wrong!” Nope. It just made me hurt. And, it just devastated and embarrassed the main character.First-Person Narration > Unreliable NarratorI am not a reader who has a problem with first-person narration. I prefer novels that allow me to see both the Heroine and Hero’s sides of things, but I don’t hate first-person. I’m not a fan of the first-person narration in this book though.The actions of Sam, and the words that came out of Haley’s mouth, many times contradict with what Maggie relays to the reader. I’m not sure if this contradiction was intended by the author or not. I couldn’t tell if I was supposed to see Maggie as so emotionally fried she kept misinterpreting things, or if she is just too much a left-brained character that she can’t interpret people correctly. Maybe it’s a little of both? Also, she would put words into other characters’ mouths, but the actions of the other characters completely contradict what Maggie says. The use of first-person narration in this story made me feel like I couldn’t trust what Maggie said at times, and some of her reactions appear outlandish.Overall, The Theory of Happily Ever After is an enjoyable book, it just had two aspects that I struggled with. I do recommend this novel. It’s engaging and fast-paced, and there are some really hilarious moments that had me laughing out loud. And, I could relate to a lot of what Maggie goes through and how she deals with it. If you are looking for a contemporary novel that’s quick, easy-to-read, and hilarious at times, check out The Theory of Happily Ever After.
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  • Erin Henze
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, this from the top, I have to admit that this is one of those guilty pleasure books for me! I read this in a day, and enjoyed almost every second of it. (Except for the parts where I was anxious that the two love interests would not get together.) The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck is the book for you if you are looking for a light-hearted, fun Christian romance.The main character, an intelligent doctor with past traumatic issues named Maggie, is quite atypical for a rom Okay, this from the top, I have to admit that this is one of those guilty pleasure books for me! I read this in a day, and enjoyed almost every second of it. (Except for the parts where I was anxious that the two love interests would not get together.) The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck is the book for you if you are looking for a light-hearted, fun Christian romance.The main character, an intelligent doctor with past traumatic issues named Maggie, is quite atypical for a romance novel, but I think that it makes me appreciate the book even more. If I’m going to be honest with you, I relate a little bit to Maggie in a couple of ways. While I am definitely not at the same intelligence level as she is, nor have I had the traumatic childhood, our self-doubt and common interests relates me to her. I too am bad at managing myself, either being on complete work-mode or do-nothing mode. I too have an unreasonable love for Hallmark, as well as other similar, romance movies. I too am socially odd, never sure how to act with others, and would rather be in my room reading or writing than at a party. Not that you needed to know my life story… :)One problem I have with the book is that it makes the single life seem like a bad thing, like you need to be in a relationship to be happy. While the heroine said multiple times that data points to people being happier in a single life than in a bad relationship, all the characters ended up in some type of romantic situation. Obviously the main character is supposed to, but what about one of her best friends, the personal trainer who didn’t want to be in a relationship, who like her life as it was? While it is nice to see that everyone can find love, why did she need to leave her amazing, independent lifestyle that she loved? Another thing, why does everyone in the book end up with someone who is exactly like themselves? People who have different interests and personalities can be happy together, and can have amazing relationships. Instead of finding someone who brought them out of their comfort zone, both Maggie and the previously mentioned friend, Kathleen, found people exactly like them. Kathleen’s man, Brent, is strong, muscular, and a take-charge person. He loves to do wild things and is quite outdoorsy. This is the exact male version of Kathleen, and I personally don’t think that something like that could work out. While they both have common interests, their similar personalities would clash, as they are both take-charge people, and I believe that many fights would break out. Maggie and her newly found man Sam are also the same way. (Even though I think that they are adorable, realistically, it wouldn’t work.) They are both so passionate about their work, and are self-described as workaholics. While I know that Sam will be more careful after what happened with his deceased wife (SPOILER: She was an E.R. doctor who was too dedicated to her patients and ended up dying from taking some energy supplement to keep her awake for 48 hours.), I believe that both Sam and Maggie could fall into the same trap and both of their hearts could be broken.Despite all this criticism, I truly did enjoy this book. Serious topics of depression and finding yourself and approached, but there is fun cruise adventure and adorable, even if impractical, romance. I would definitely recommend this book if you don’t need something to be completely realistic to be happy with it.Also a big thank you to Revell for sending me this book to review!
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  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    January 1, 1970
    The Theory of Happily Ever AfterBy Kristin BillerbeckI will start off by saying that this is the first book by Kristin Billerbeck that I have ever read, so I can't compare this work with her previous works. The premise of this story sounded interesting happiness expert dumped by her now ex-fiancé and expected to give a talk about happiness. O'kay sounds like a potential disaster in the making or one of the Hallmark movies that people seem to love watching while I read away. Imagine my surprise w The Theory of Happily Ever AfterBy Kristin BillerbeckI will start off by saying that this is the first book by Kristin Billerbeck that I have ever read, so I can't compare this work with her previous works. The premise of this story sounded interesting happiness expert dumped by her now ex-fiancé and expected to give a talk about happiness. O'kay sounds like a potential disaster in the making or one of the Hallmark movies that people seem to love watching while I read away. Imagine my surprise when the happiness expert Dr. Maggie Maguire is a Hallmark movie addict - nothing like wallowing in your grief and disillusionment while binging out on the Hallmark Channel. Well, at least that seems to be the foreseeable future for Maggie until her 2 bffs crash in on her fantasy reality and spring a cruise on her. Worse than the cruise is the fact that it is a singles cruise and one that she is FEATURED GUEST SPEAKER! Where is the nearest exit????How anyone just dumped can be expected to help anyone find their own happiness is beyond Maggie's comprehension. But Haley and Kathleen are sure she just needed to get out of her apartment and find a new interest in life.But the cruise is anything but relaxing and Maggie is making first impressions that won't soon be forgotten - unfortunately. With one disaster after another, she is soon at her breaking point. And the secret she has been keeping for years is weighing her down even further. Can Maggie find a new her with the New Year, New You cruise she finds herself on? Or will she allow her data and her life to be at odds with one another? I have to admit I had trouble getting into this book - don't ask me why because I honestly don't know. The first few chapters just seemed to drag for me but the writing and the characters weren't the problem as I was able to eventually get into the story and then the pages seemed to slip by faster. Maggie is a mess but as the story unfolds one can understand why she finds herself as broken over her breakup as she is. And then there is a little episode with a zip line which I can say with absolute certainty I would never do - nope, no way, nada, not happening. But it did add an interesting visual moment to the story that was unexpected. Overall this was an enjoyable story that fans of contemporary romance will want to add to their summer to-be-read list. This isn't a light read as there are a few serious moments but it isn't heavy reading in any way. I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher Revell through their blogger program and no expectations of a positive review were expected. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Sara Wise
    January 1, 1970
    ** “I’d give it all up for the chance to sit still and be. To be still and know that he is God, like the Bible says. To figure out what does make me happy, what my dream is. What does God want from me next?” **Kristin Billerbeck brings another delightful rom-com to the table with “The Theory of Happily Ever After.” Dr. Maggie Maguire is extremely accomplished, yet miserable. She has written a bestselling book about the scientific study of how people find joy in life, so you’d think she’d be an e ** “I’d give it all up for the chance to sit still and be. To be still and know that he is God, like the Bible says. To figure out what does make me happy, what my dream is. What does God want from me next?” **Kristin Billerbeck brings another delightful rom-com to the table with “The Theory of Happily Ever After.” Dr. Maggie Maguire is extremely accomplished, yet miserable. She has written a bestselling book about the scientific study of how people find joy in life, so you’d think she’d be an expert on happiness. But after being dumped by her fiance so he can marry another woman, and losing her mojo for her work, she’s far from happy.So when her two best friends — personal trainer Kathleen and Haley, who just happens to be Maggie’s publicist — drags her off her couch and her away from her beloved Hallmark Channel to speak on a single’s cruise about finding your bliss, Maggie is horrified.Going begrudgingly, everything Maggie seems to do just makes her seem more and more incompetent, allowing her to fall deeper and deeper into her insecurities. Will meeting the handsome and fun loving bartender Brent and the enigmatic and also handsome Sam turn the tide for Maggie? And what deeper role do Sam and his sister Jules, also attending the cruise, have in Maggie’s life?“The Theory of Happily Ever After” is a great Chick Lit novel that will leave you laughing one moment and tearing up the next. Billerbeck does a great job of injecting tongue-in-cheek humor and even self-deprecating moments that we can all relate to, but then turning around and serving up some seriousness that we all need to hear. This story may be a romantic comedy, but it also reminds us of the importance of finding our bliss and what makes us happy. It shows us the necessity of finding our purpose in life, and what can happen when we lose that purpose; we need to stop running from our problems; we must learn to trust in not only ourselves and loved ones, but in God and His purpose for our lives; and that there are always consequences for our actions, and those consequences can hurt not only ourselves but those we love.“The Theory of Happily Ever After” is a great feel-good story, and I’d love to see it made into a movie (maybe featured on the Hallmark Channel?!?!).Five stars out of five.Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
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  • Raechel
    January 1, 1970
    I love the simplicity and coloring of the cover! It's cute, and gives you a glimpse at the story's theme too. And the story was a fun one. It was a perfect light read that I needed - and humorous! I laughed out loud a couple of times. :D Dr. Maggie Maguire is a happiness-doctor, studying and sharing the science of happiness. But to tell you the truth, she is pretty miserable. Disaster seems to surround her at every turn and the reader definitely does feel sorry for her. And yet there were defini I love the simplicity and coloring of the cover! It's cute, and gives you a glimpse at the story's theme too. And the story was a fun one. It was a perfect light read that I needed - and humorous! I laughed out loud a couple of times. :D Dr. Maggie Maguire is a happiness-doctor, studying and sharing the science of happiness. But to tell you the truth, she is pretty miserable. Disaster seems to surround her at every turn and the reader definitely does feel sorry for her. And yet there were definitely times where I wanted to yell at her and tell her what to do! But there were also reasons behind what she did, which made her actions – good and bad – more understandable. Even if they were sometimes frustrating. ;)I felt for her in her quest for a Happily Ever After. Most girls do dream of a fairy-tale romance. Also relatable: her watching so many romances and eating gelato. XDHer friends meant the best for her in their actions. I liked Kathleen and her way of speaking it like it was. I liked Haley at first. *SPOILER* but as the story went on, oh how I wanted to slap her around a bit. I’m sorry, but I did. She was a tantruming child who didn’t get her way, and she was accusing Maggie of being a bad friend when really, she was being the bad friend. Yeah, she bugged me to say the least. ^.^ *END OF SPOILER*I liked Sam. I liked how he was drawn to Maggie at once, even if he could be rude. He was still quite hero-ish through the whole thing.Though I know it’s considered normal in the “real world”, to me it was odd how there were many intimate moments yet so much confusion and running apart/away afterwards...and I felt bad for Maggie and her view, I guess you would call it, on kissing. That someone needs to be kissed first to know someone’s true commitment. And again, I know that is kind of normal – supposedly kisses mean nothing, but in my opinion, they are significant and shouldn’t be thrown around willy-nilly.That is not to say this was not a clean book though – the kisses were not ridiculous or super detailed at all, and didn’t make me feel uncomfortable, which I appreciated.Another thing I appreciated in this book was how she came to the realization that she couldn’t be everything to everyone. Amen. It’s so easy to slip into the people-pleasing role that we lose sight of what really matters. That being said, there could have been more focus on us needing to please God first and foremost. There were mentions of God sprinkled throughout the book, and Bible verses mentioned, however, I wouldn’t really say it was a deeply Christian book. It was Christian in its essence, but not really in its portrayal. The characters did not bear the fruits of being a Christian, and while no one is perfect (obviously!), there wasn’t even much shown for trying. I guess, to me, the whole idea of happiness being a science we can achieve is a bit...dare I say, silly. Because true happiness – true joy – comes from Jesus Christ. Every other way of happiness is fleeting and not as fulfilling.For it being a ‘light read’ I do realize I analyzed it a bit – definitely something Maggie and I have in common! ;)I would like to restate that I did definitely enjoy this book. It was a fun read, and I would even read it again. I just can’t shut my brain off totally when it comes to reviewing. :DReview copy from publishers// I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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