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    • ISBN:9780751572094
    • Publication date:21 Feb 2019

Happiness for Beginners

The BRAND-NEW Novel for 2019

By Carole Matthews
Read by Emma Powell

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Feel-good and full of emotion, Carole Matthews will make your heart sing with this glorious read.

The BRAND-NEW book that will make your heart sing from the BESTSELLING and BELOVED Carole Matthews.

'You can't do better than to sink into Happiness for Beginners'
KATIE FFORDE

'Fun, fantastic and brimming with Matthews magic'
MILLY JOHNSON

'An irresistibly warm-hearted story'
TRISHA ASHLEY

'Warm, witty and hopeful - I was charmed'
SARAH MORGAN

***Available to PRE-ORDER in hardback, ebook or audio now***

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Molly Baker is living her best life.

Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There's Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature pig, Teacup.

Molly runs the farm as an alternative school for kids who haven't thrived in mainstream education. It's full on, but she wouldn't have it any other way. So when the well-groomed Shelby Dacre turns up at Hope Farm asking to enrol his son Lucas, Molly isn't fazed.

But Lucas is distant and soon Molly realises he might be more of a handful than she anticipated. And then there's the added problem that his dad is distractingly handsome. Molly has her beloved farm to think of - could letting Lucas and Shelby in be a terrible mistake, or the start of something wonderful?

Feel-good, funny and an absolute must-read from the queen of romance Carole Matthews, Molly's story will make your heart sing. New starts and second chances abound in Happiness for Beginners.


Why do readers love Carole Matthews?

'Fabulously enjoyable . . . full of heart and fun' Milly Johnson
'Full of joy and laughter' Trisha Ashley
'So warm' Jenny Colgan
'The perfect escape' Woman
'Gorgeous' Katie Fforde
'I laughed and cried and marvelled' Cathy Bramley
'Witty, funny and incredibly touching' Heat

Biographical Notes

Carole Matthews is the Sunday Times bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the top ten bestsellers The Cake Shop in the Garden, A Cottage by the Sea, Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses, The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas and Calling Mrs Christmas. In 2015, Carole was awarded the RNA Outstanding Achievement Award. Her novels dazzle and delight readers all over the world and she is published in more than thirty countries.

For all the latest news from Carole, visit www.carolematthews.com, follow Carole on Twitter (@carolematthews) and Instagram (matthews.carole) or join the thousands of readers who have become Carole's friend on Facebook (carolematthewsbooks).

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  • ISBN: 9781405539746
  • Publication date: 21 Feb 2019
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  • Imprint: Hachette Audio
If you love romance, quirky humour and animals you can't do better than to sink into Happiness for Beginners. — Katie Fforde
Fun, fantastic and brimming with Matthews magic... from the first to the last page - an absolute joy — Milly Johnson
An irresistibly warmhearted story with a cast of captivating characters, both animal and human — Trisha Ashley
Warm, witty and hopeful - I was charmed — Sarah Morgan
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