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So Happy Together

So Happy Together Everyone needs a dream Claire Noble gave up on her dreams a long time ago A single mother and respected history teacher she has also been caring for her aging parents But now it s finally Claire s tu

  • Title: So Happy Together
  • Author: Maryann McFadden
  • ISBN: 9781401301484
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Everyone needs a dream Claire Noble gave up on her dreams a long time ago A single mother and respected history teacher, she has also been caring for her aging parents But now it s finally Claire s turn She has fallen in love with Rick Saunders, who is offering her both security and the opportunity to travel Before their fall wedding, she will be leaving for a suEveryone needs a dream Claire Noble gave up on her dreams a long time ago A single mother and respected history teacher, she has also been caring for her aging parents But now it s finally Claire s turn She has fallen in love with Rick Saunders, who is offering her both security and the opportunity to travel Before their fall wedding, she will be leaving for a summer on Cape Cod, where the fabled light has been luring artists for a century and the chance of a lifetime to study with one of the most noted photographers in the country But just as Claire is about to step into her new life, her estranged daughter suddenly shows up with a backpack full of problems Claire s father reveals a fifty year old secret that threatens to unravel their family Her mother confides that at seventy eight years old, she s still waiting for the love of her life And a chance encounter with an environmental writer results in an intriguing new relationship, undermining Claire s certainty that she s found the man with whom she hopes to spend the rest of her life In the midst of all this turbulence, Claire begins to question everything she thought she wanted And surprisingly, so do her mother and her daughter Set in the lush, rolling hills of northern New Jersey and the romantic, windswept dunes of Cape Cod, So Happy Together is the story of three generations of women who find their lives, and dreams, suddenly transformed in ways they never could have imagined But ultimately, it is the heartbreaking and joyful journey of one woman who comes to realize that when you re a mother, or a daughter, you are never truly free.

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    1. I had a hard time putting this book down. I related to the main character, Claire, in that she is in her mid 40's and trying to reinvent herself. Her daughter has left on poor terms, her parents are getting older and her father has been diagnosed with Parkinson's. But she thinks she is all set -- she has met Rick and he's going to change everything. They are going to move to Arizona (from NJ) and while he golfs she can take all the pictures she wants. But then her daughter returns, pregnant, and [...]

    2. Claire Noble is a single mother and a respected history teacher, who has also been caring for her aging parents. Everyone may need a dream, but Claire gave up on hers a long time ago. But her dreams apparently never gave up on her - and now, Claire finally has a chance to experience something that she has always wanted. She has fallen in love with Rick Saunders, who is offering her both security and the opportunity to travel. Before their planned fall wedding, Claire will be leaving to spend the [...]

    3. Mary Ann McFadden's first book was actually her master's thesis. She realized she had something good and decided to self-publish 'The Richest Season'. After selling 2,000 copies and immersing herself in a book tour she decided to look for an agent. She was quickly grabbed by an agent who took her book to auction. Hyperion books bought the rights as a two hardcover deal and 'So Happy Together' was born. She is now working on book three.'So Happy Together' is a book about love, acceptance, freedom [...]

    4. Claire Nobel is a 46 year old single mother and history teacher who is close to early retirement. Claire thinks she may finally be able to start enjoying her life. Having spent the last several years working hard, and caring for her elderly parents (her father has Parkinson's disease), her parents have seemed to settled into new accommodations that will require less of Claire. She is planning to pursue her interest in photography for the summer on Cape Cod, and, she is even planning for her fall [...]

    5. I really loved this book! I hated for it to end. The characters were so believable. I want to go to Cape Cod now-LOL!

    6. It's never too late! Never too late for a new dream, to embrace a new life, to change your mind or feelings about things, to smile, laugh, until your last breath: it's never too late!This was an enjoyable book with a great moral. For that reason, I am giving it 4 stars. However, to say there was a lot going on is an understatement! Some events were a little over the top, some seemed unnecessary while some could have been expanded on. Claire has always put herself last until now. She is engaged t [...]

    7. Bello. Una storia che parte in sordina, per poi esplodere. Avete presente i motori diesel? Ecco l'idea è quella: ci vuole un pochino di tempo per partire, ma quando poi si sono riscaldati non li ferma nessuno. Per me questo libro è stato un vero diesel. Ma andiamo con ordine: la storia parla di 3 donne che rappresentano 3 generazioni diverse. La protagonista principale è Claire, 45 anni, una figlia che non vede da troppo tempo e un fidanzato prossimo a diventare marito; intorno a lei ruotano [...]

    8. Clare Noble, against her parents' advice, fell for the bad boy Liam when she was a high school freshman. Near the end of her junior year, she found herself pregnant--but that was ok. They were planning to get married, right? Seems like being a father and/or a husband wasn't for Liam after all.With help from her parents, Clare managed to get through college, take a job as a history teacher and be a single mom; until her own daughter, Amy, became a party girl rather than complete her college educa [...]

    9. Claire Noble is a member in good standing of The Sandwich Generation. Most of her life so far has been spent being a single parent to her daughter and taking care of her aging parents. But now, in her early 40s, it seems that her life is turning around. She's engaged to be married to a very successful man, her daughter is out on her own (though that was the result of anger and herwhereabouts are not quite known except for the occasional phone call), and she's got a chance to take a special summe [...]

    10. I was fortunate enough to get an ARC of SO HAPPY TOGETHER, and I consider myself very fortunate to have received it. I read Maryann McFadden's THE RICHEST Season and *absolutely loved it*. She got into the heads and personalities of three amazing characters. In SO HAPPY TOGETHER she takes that gift to a new level. It's a more in-depth story with a family of characters. The way she intertwines the stories is skillful and compelling. Her character development is outstanding -- each character is fu [...]

    11. I couldn't even finish the book. I got up to pg. 203 and started skipping to other chapters and realized this book has no REAL subject matter what so ever!! I started to notice a pattern with each chapter and the pattern didn't stop. Every chapter repeated the last one and there was no real time moving forward. It was as if I were living every single hour with the characters and it got boring. Nothing changed, not the scenery, not the story, not even anyone's behavior. There was no rise to this [...]

    12. Claire is 45 (same age as this reviewer) and her life is finally taking off. She's met and is engaged to a wonderful man. She's finally taking her photography to the next level. At last her life is hers. But then her estranged daughter comes home bringing with her pent up anger and frustration and gives birth the day Claire is supposed to leave for Cape Cod and an exclusive photography workshop. Suddenly Claire's life is unraveling. Sometimes you need to unravel a bit before you can go forward. [...]

    13. I haven't read a book in a long time that I could truly relate to, but Maryann McFadden changed that with So Happy Together. As Claire Noble, I am also dealing with aging parents and rebellious teen grandchildren. It seems I am running from one to the other on a daily basis and it leaves you wondering if you will have time to ever follow your own dreams. Ms McFadden's book gives me hope that these hurdles can be jumped and there is hope for a successful ending! I am also a photographer so the st [...]

    14. Claire Noble was the epitome of a 40 something year old trying to find her way in the world. Straddled between responsibilities to her daughter and her new granddaughter as well as her failing parents makes any move she makes seem selfish. She decided to follow her bliss, blow off her fiance and take her family with her to Provincetown to discover and work on her dream of being a photographer. Of course there is John who she works with on a magazine project and then who wants her to work on yet [...]

    15. Claire Noble finished her last year as a high school history teacher, was planning on going to Cape Cod to take a photography course, and was going to marry and move to Arizona after that. But just as Claire was to begin her new life, her daughter Amy moved back home pregnant, and her parents showed signs of not being able to live independently anymore. Maryann McFadden's novel portrays what many middle aged women have to handle. I loved her depiction of Cape Cod and Provincetown. It makes me wa [...]

    16. A great read - new found author! Picking up her older book to start. Wonderful story teller!" weaves a story of three generations of women and the men who orbit around them. With a sure touch, she writes about the mother-daughter bond, the simple pleasures to be found in cooking, the pervasive nature of guilt, and the power of forgiveness. Ultimately she explores the ways that growth is possible at every stage in life, if only we remain open--and how unexpected changes can lead us to places we n [...]

    17. This is a story of Claire Noble, who finds herself not only taking care of her aging parents, but also her runaway daughter who returns to birth a baby in the bathroom. The sandwich generation, it's called, gives Claire the opportunity to struggle with trying to make decisions for her OWN self, and with her family members, and a fiance, in mind, which is quite the challenge. The characters were interesting, I was not able to predict all the angles in the story, and it kept me quite stuck to the [...]

    18. I only made it a couple three chapters. No character development - I mean the main character has no empathy for -- actually no clue about -- her daughter, and instead is thinking only about her boyfriend and potential photo class? Really? And everyone ends up all happy? Really? I skimmed right through to the end in five minutes and found exactly what I expected. Ah wellis author is just not for me.

    19. Nice story if predictable. Claire is 45, teaching HS and raising a teenager alone-her daughter has been estranged for a year or two and living who knows where. Claire decides to follow her passion and signs up for a summer institute in photography on Cape Cod before she gets married in the fall. Daughter comes home, has a baby and her parents health becomes an issue-they all go to Cape Cod for 10 weeks. All problems are resolved and all live happily ever after!!

    20. This is a relationship book. It encompasses the "sandwich" generation with both parental and daughter's obligations. Throw in a self-centered fiance, what's left for self? Claire does the best she can with all of the above, and still manages to carve out 10 weeks tok push her forward on a career change. We;ve all been there in at least some of her conflicts.

    21. I liked this book, the only thing I would change is the style got a bit redundant: the events were not always told as they happened, but as a character remembered them and told their side. The awakening of the love between Claire and her daughter Amy is wonderful to "witness". like a flower blooming, and the renewed vigor and final honesty between her parents Fanny and Joe is also satisfying.

    22. Thought this was a really well-written, well-developed novel about a woman of the "sandwich generation" who finally thinks it "her turn" when life and her family get in the way.n. Nicely developed secondary characters and subplots. Predictable, I guess, but well worth the read to get to the end.

    23. Quite a saga of family struggles. I liked the book and believe that every generation in a family can have major secrets and guilt, but it's hard to accept that the magic of Cape Cod can resolve everyone's problems in just a few months. My book club loved the descriptions of Cape Cod, though, it being a favorite vacation spot for all of us.

    24. I really enjoyed this book. I liked the characters, the settings, and the storyline inspiring read about one family, secrets, mistakes, and the enduring and ever changing bond between them. I'd recommend and hope that those who read it become as engrossed as I was. Its a tear-jerker too, so keep some tissues nearby.

    25. This is a modern formula romance. It was an enjoyable escape book. The characters don't have a lot of depth, but the plot kept moving along at a nice pace & I looked forward to reading it after a busy day. My only issue with the novel was that there were a few too many unnecessary plot twists at the very end.

    26. Chick lit - sweet book. This author lives in Hackettstown, NJ which is near me and she came to a book club meeting when she had her first book out. I liked this one better, although struggled to by into some of the characters' actions. About a woman, her daughter, and her mother and how their lives are in transition. Set in Cape Cod.

    27. A modern day, contemporary fiction novel, I really quite enjoyed this read. So Happy Together is about Claire, early 40’s, ready to find her own way in the world, a single mother to a young adult, ageing parents and a selfish fiancé. Claire secured a 10 week photography course on Cape Cod, but family crashed her dream. A lovely summer read based on family…

    28. I discovered this author purely by chance, but I am very glad I did. So Happy Together is a lovely summer read. The author has a talent for capturing the emotions of life at any age, whether a floundering girl in their twenties, a forty-something woman wondering if there is still more to life or a senior nearing the end of her life full of regret, but still planning and hoping for the future.

    29. Absolutely loved the characters and their imperfections in this novel! The three generations of mother-daughter love and conflict was engaging in itself, but the addition of the beautiful setting and the environmental and photography side stories made this a very cozy read!

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