In Pursuit of Happiness by Freya Kennedy

‘A lovely escape that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Just what’s needed at the moment’ No1 bestselling author Jane Fallon

The world is waiting…but just outside of your comfort zone.

Jo Campbell is perfectly content in a perfectly structured life.
Nothing ever changes in Jo’s life, and she likes it that way.
Or at least, she tells herself she does.
Most of the time, she manages to push down the tiny voice that tells her to chase her dream and maybe, just maybe, open her battered and bruised heart up to love.
But to chase her dreams she needs to take chances that are way out of her comfort zone and learn to not put other people’s happiness above her own.
Most of all she has to learn to trust her heart, which may just be the biggest challenge of all.

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My thoughts

This book was an absolute delight and I loved returning to the residents of Ivy Lane. The start of the book begins just over a year after ‘The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Kennedy’ ended and it was great to be immersed directly back into the world of Derry and Ivy Lane….it felt like returning home to old friends.

In Pursuit of Happiness focuses on the character of Jo, who along with her adopted brother Noah (who featured heavily in the first Ivy Lane book) runs the local pub. In this book we are reunited with Jo, Noah, and Libby as well as a new characters including Lorcan and Ewan McLachlan. Jo has dreams of being a writer and this book follows her journey to try and fulfil those dreams. As someone who would absolutely love one day to write my own book I immediately fell in love with the world that was portrayed and wanted to know more. The book for me got stronger and stronger as it went on, and there was a point near the end where the character of Lorcan surprises little 6 year old Clara with flowers, and I genuinely forgot for a moment that these weren’t real people! My heart felt full to bursting at what a lovely tender moment it was.

Freya has such a real, natural writing style and I couldn’t put the book down by the end – I loved the little twist as at the start I was scratching my head as to how it was all going to work out the way I expected it would.

I think, even after reading this book, I am secretly hoping that I will visit Derry one day and stumble across a real life Ivy Lane and its wealth of characters!!

A HUGE 4 stars for this book – I adored it and I am sure that anybody that reads it will do too.

Author Bio –

Freya Kennedy lives in Derry, Northern Ireland, with her husband, two children, two cats and a mad dog called Izzy. She worked as a journalist for eighteen years before deciding to write full time. When not writing, she can be found reading, hanging out with her nieces and nephews, cleaning up after her children (a lot) and telling her dog that she loves her.

She has met Michael Buble and even kissed him. It was one of her best ever moments.

She believes in happy ever afters.

Freya Kennedy is a pen name for Claire Allan, who also writes psychological thrillers.

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