Review: Happy Again by Jennifer E. Smith

Title: Happy Again

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Pages: 84 Pages

The Blurb

Ellie O’Neill and Graham Larkin fell hard for each other when a misspelled email address unexpectedly brought them together. Now, over a year has passed since they said goodbye with the promise to stay in touch, and their daily emails have dwindled to nothing. Ellie is a freshman in college and has told herself to move on, and Graham has kept himself busy starring in more movies, as well as a few tabloid columns. But fate brought these two together once before–and it isn’t done with them yet.

In this sequel novella to This is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. Smith revisits two beloved characters to tell the story of one magical night in Manhattan. When Ellie and Graham come face to face once more, can they get past the months of silence and the hurt feelings to find their happily-ever-after again?

The Review

I absolutely adored This is What Happy Looks Like. I fell in love with Ellie and Graham and I rooted for their love to last. And yes, once I had finished reading This is What Happy Looks Like I had that amazing feeling of joy; that satisfied feeling of someone who is happy and content for their characters.

So imagine my consternation when I started Happy Again and found out that Ellie and Graham didn’t make it; that their love story was over. I was gutted.

Ellie and Graham had lost contact. Their lives were too different; Graham – a massive movie star and Ellie – a quiet girl who just wants to get through college. However, a chance meeting in New York has led them both to question their feelings and what really is important. Being apart or being happy?

Ok, as much as I was dismayed at the premise of this short story I have to admit I can understand why Smith developed the story in this way. The continuation of Ellie and Graham’s story worked well in novella format and I think it would be too soon for Smith to create a full on novel about the characters just yet. However, if in a few years time she wanted to do a full length sequel, I for one would be very excited to read it.

Happy Again by Jennifer E. Smith is available now.

You can follow Jennifer E. Smith (@JenESmith) on Twitter.

Happy Again

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