Somewhere Close to Happy
By Lia Louis
'A thought-provoking, beautifully observed study of love and real life, social issues and mental health' - Jill Mansell. Perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern, Jojo Moyes and anyone looking for a satisfying page-turner.
'A wonderfully written, funny and moving debut with an intriguing mystery at its heart... Unforgettable.' - Sunday Times bestselling author, Claire Douglas
Lizzie James is happy.
She has a steady office job (with a steady stream of snacks), has had the same best friend since school, and she sees her family every Thursday night for take-away and trashy TV. Lizzie likes her uncomplicated life.
Then a letter arrives one day from her first love, Roman. A letter dated the day he disappeared, 12 years before. As Lizzie uncovers the secrets of the letter, she discovers what really happened the year her life fell apart - and all avenues lead back to Roman.
Lizzie James thought she was happy, or somewhere close to happy, anyway. Now she's not so sure.
'A funny and heart-warming story of first loves and the importance of friendship, but also a moving and wise exploration of mental health, childhood, self-discovery and - ultimately - the importance of being brave.' - Sunday Times bestselling author, Gillian McAllister
*Perfect for fans of Giovanna Fletcher, Mhairi McFarlane and Cecelia Ahern and Kate Eberlen's Miss You. This is a novel you won't soon forget.*
Lia Louis is a writer from Hertfordshire where she lives with her partner and three young children. In 2015, she won ELLE magazine's annual talent competition with her contemporary love letter, #RelationshipGoals. Lia's fascination with letters doesn't stop with her writing: she also has a varied collection of old letters which are a source of inspiration to her. Somewhere Close to Happy is her first novel. Lia can be found tweeting at @LisforLia.
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13 Jun 2019
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This book is beautiful. The writing is generous and kind and funny. I fell in love with the story and the characters, it made me feel hopeful, and I cried. Lia is such a talented, wonderful writer. — Hayley Webster
A wonderfully written, funny and moving debut with an intriguing mystery at its heart. I laughed, cried and was completely swept away by Lizzy and Roman's story. Unforgettable. — Claire Douglas
I thought it was both a funny and heart-warming story of first loves and the importance of friendship but also a very moving and wise exploration of mental health, childhood, self-discovery and - ultimately - the importance of being brave. Louis's is a bold, standout voice in the women's fiction genre and Somewhere Close To Happy deserves to be huge. — Gillian McAllister
I loved it. I want more. It is just exquisitely written. So tender and packed with emotion but also great humour. It deserves to soar. — Claire Allan
Honest and brave, Somewhere Close to Happy is a thought-provoking, beautifully observed study of love and real life, social issues and mental health — Jill Mansell
Oh my god, I LOVED Somewhere Close to Happy. It made me cry several times but was also really funny. It is so incredibly good. — Laura Marshall
Beautiful, raw, emotional, gripping. Roman and Lizzie will burrow into your hearts and never leave. — Lynsey James