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Happiness for Beginners

Narrated by: Emma Powell
Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
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Summary

The brand-new audiobook that will make your heart sing from the best-selling and beloved Carole Matthews. 

Molly Baker is living her best life.

Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the 25-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. An ex-teacher, Molly runs the farm as an alternative education for kids who have special needs or behavioural issues. 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?

©2018 Carole Matthews (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Fabulously enjoyable...full of heart and fun." (Milly Johnson)

"Gorgeous." (Katie Fforde)

"I laughed and cried and marvelled." (Cathy Bramley)

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For teachers is a must

wow a book that any teacher of alt provison this is must!!! this catures all emotion ,stories of a every day alt provision that seems to happening to more and more children every day yet another amazing book from her

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  • 05-03-19

Brilliant escapism

Carole Matthews never fails to write an interesting book, well written and good characters. Loved it. Narration was great too!

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A very, sweet, pleasing read!

An easy, uplifting, pleasant read! Funny, sad, thought provoking but leaves you with a nice feeling!

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Fantastic book

Didn’t want it to end, great story. Funny with great characters. Read well. Will look for more by same author

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Amazing!!!

I loved this book. A thoroughly enjoyable story with plenty of laughs and giggles. Another one of Caroles best books to add to my top 5 must reads xxx

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Fantastic

This is a brilliant story, Carole Matthews at her very best. If you are a fan of an ultimately feel good book then look no further.

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Just lovely

A really lovely story from Carole Matthews. I feel her stories just keep on getting better and her story lines more varied. Loved this one about the little guy versus the big guy - it was enchanting. Just one thing Carole - teachers haven’t been able to qualify by going to college for a very long time!

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Good lighthearted story

Good story, well told. It has good humor in it. I found it a bit predictable, but enjoyed it none the same.

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Great listen

Listened via audible!

Molly runs Hope Farm. Which is a farm for children and young adults with learning difficulties, mental health or autism to attend instead of conventional school in order to promote learning outdoors. When a hot soap star, unbeknown to molly, turns up at the gate requesting a place for his son mollys life changes in more ways than one. Can he help save the farm and maybe Molly too!

I follow Carol's on Facebook and hearing about the book through her videos drew me to this story.

This book is a lovely bright sunny read which does exactly what it says on the tin. It is a great book to listen to in the car nothing too heavy or emotional but packed with twists and turns. You will laugh out loud throughout. Particularly at the poems specifically written for the book.

Furthermore all of rhe characters have their own foibles but overall they are well rounded characters who you feel have been friends for life. You know their life inside and out which just adds to the feeling of friendship.

Also the first person narrative written in such a way that you are their mad molly is talking to you directly showing you around is a huge asset to this book.

Lastly the audible narrator was a fantastic choice she did very well and brought warmth out of the story.

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Brilliant!

Another wonderful book from the amazing Carole Matthews, a great story with totally believable characters, I became totally absorbed with characters and just didn’t want it to end, uplifting and feel good. Would thoroughly recommend it.

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  • Lee, Maui Hawaii
  • 11-05-19

Great listen

Slow beginning, but hang in there, it picks up it’s a moving story.
Great read

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  • MoPooWrites
  • 17-01-20

Must read for animal lovers

If you’re an animal lover, this is your romance. I loved mature, optimistic Molly Baker who operates a farm for misfit animals and children. Each animal, named after celebrities, are characters in their own right. However, Matthews pairs the creatures with children who also have difficulty fitting into the status quo. The children and the animals had me at page 1, but enter the local soap star and his teenager with problems and the story takes off.

I’m not usually a fan of authors as narrators, but Matthews pulls it off. I loved the rhythm of the speech and the interesting differences between the US and UK use of words.

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  • Gina
  • 12-09-19

Wonderful story & narrator!!

As always Carole Matthews does not disappoint with her fabulous and creative stories. I was instantly in love with the characters and all the animals! And Emma Powell did a lovely job narrating. I found it so soothing listening to her narrate this story. I cannot wait for the next novel!

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  • vicki
  • 12-03-19

Happiness for Beginners

I loved this hopeful, big hearted book. I am a teacher so I enjoyed reading the accounts.of.the kids.and how the main character and her crew dealt with them. Descriptions of the animals, farm routine and the English.countryside were fun. We also get a little glimpse into soap opera show biz.

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  • Paula Beavan
  • 04-03-19

Love love love

I've loved every Carole Matthews book so far. But this one is by far the best yet. <3