Happy People Read and Drink Coffee by Agnes Martin-Lugand
Perfect title, right? What bookworm and coffee lover doesn’t agree with the title? So it makes me sad to report that while happy people do read and drink coffee, this book falls flat with this book lover and coffee addict. In fact, the main character, Diane, RUNS AWAY from the literary cafe she owns after a tragic event in her life. She does run away to Ireland (and all Outlander fans know the best looking men do seem to appear randomly on the British Isles) so I can’t fault that decision, but I definitely take issue with her running away from the bookshop. So what the problem with this perfectly titled book?
1) There is no book reading. 2) There is very little coffee drinking.
It isn’t just the fact that there is little time in the bookshop and little time with coffee, it’s that the whole story seems onenote. The author made tragic and trying events happen in the characters’ lives, but then didn’t shape the characters emotionally. The characters just move through their prescribed psychological steps because that’s the right thing to do. There are no real motivations behind their actions and decisions.
The one plus is that this book is a quick read. I bought it on a Friday night, got home at 7:30 and finished it by 11:30. But if you are looking for a novel that will sing the book lover and/or coffee fiend in you, as I was, it would be best to pass by this one for the next book on your shelf. There are other books about bookshops, bookworms and coffee lovers that will sing to your passion for books and coffee more than Happy People Read and Drink Coffee.
What book did you pick up solely based on the title or cover art that left you feeling disappointed?
The Quick Book Review
Happy People Read and Drink CoffeeAuthor: Agnès Martin-Lugand
Translator: Sandra Smith
Published on: May 10, 2016
Genres: adult, general fiction, romance
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My Rating: Thumbs Down
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