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Every woman has that group of friends in her life her go to girls The friends that she can turn to who get it The ones who are there for you no matter what The ones who laugh with you and cry with you The ones that will always be there These are the women of Napa ValleyJamie is the editor in chief of Wine Lover's Magazine a single mother and caretaker to her senile mother in law a woman who thinks her daily caregiver is Dean Martin Jamie is still recovering financially and emotionally from the death of her husband several years earlier And when she finds what could be the key to happiness can she open the door and let it in? Or will her feelings of guilt and betrayal hold her back?Danielle is a vintner and the divorced mom of two She's basking in what she knows is going to be a successful launch of her new wines Wines she created on her own after her divorce But what she doesn't expect is for her daughter to come home with news that will shock her to her core Will an old flame help her accept the changes that are coming and find the love she's been missing in her life for so long? Or will a tragedy that no one sees coming change their lives forever?Kat is a sommelier co owner of a magnificent restaurant with her chef husband and mother of a blended family But is being deeply in love with your husband enough to get them through the teenage years step children and exes? And what happens when old faces return and she's faced with the knowledge that not everything is what you thought it was What happens when she finds she was mad at the wrong person and finds out the right one was in the wrong? Can she forgive and move on? Can love overcome everything and truly bring a family together?Alyssa is an artist and gallery owner with a secret of her own One she was hoping would stay buried deep in her closet But the time has come for her to put someone else first to face the past and to deal with her demons What she never expected to find was love and her homeNo matter what is going on in their own lives no matter the heartache or joy they're experiencing these four women are always there to love support and encourage each other

10 thoughts on “Happy Hour

  1. says:

    For self published novel I'd say this one is better than average I've decided that books get 50 pages to grab me or they are gone When I first picked this one up I figured it for a 50 pager based on the layout alone I don't uite know what it is but may self published books have the same look if you just open to a random page and glance at them a look books by major publishing houses don't have This is a good story with interesting characters; and unlike some books about 40 somethings who have problems in their lives I didn't want to shake these gals and tell them to grow up or get a life The book is rough around the edges with some typos or grammatical errors that a good editor would have caught but it kept me around for the whole 300 pages Grade B

  2. says:

    I have to admit that I was reluctant when I first began this book I don't care for wine or horses for that matter so I went in a bit biased thinking that it wouldn't be my style I couldn't have been wrongHappy Hour chronicles the lives of four friends each dealing with different elements of family drama within their lives The stories while told separately through most of the novel are woven seamlessly together through their weekly Happy Hour meetings The author has done a wonderful job really bringing these characters to life and after reading for a bit they came to feel less like characters in a book and like friends of my own I laughed with them cried with them and rejoiced at their successesThis book is about the lives of four friends but really it's so much Learning to love again to trust again dealing with demons of the past embracing new lives of the futurethere are so many elements that make Happy Hour a wonderful read It's about rediscovery finding who you are again when your life is rocked out of control and discovering that the person you've become is smarter stronger able than beforeI'm so glad I took a chance on Happy Hour I found much than I expected within the pages This is a book that will stay with me for awhile

  3. says:

    Happy Hour is a story about four friends in the prime of their life who come together over wine and good food to bond and unload from life's adversities It follows them through all their trials and their happy moments It shows interaction between friends family dealing with extended families and teenagers both male and female unexpected pregnancies secrets and harbouring deep hurt and painThe best part of this book is when I found myself in Kat I felt like I was reading about myself when I read her words I saw my friendships and my family relationships in those between the friends and their interactions with their family Their trials were believable I shared their tears and laughed out loud with their funny moments I saw the characters grow and heal and I enjoyed the journey that brought them through it The imagery was very clear and leaped off the pages to put me there in the rooms seeing and smelling and hearing what the characters experiencedScott was successful in evoking emotions and laughs out of me because every situation was believable and real I felt as thought I had gotten to know these ladies and they were my best and closest friends

  4. says:

    Marriage infidelity divorce death children food and winethe most delicious components that make up Happy Hour by the lovely and talented Michele Scott I absolutely love stories of women and friendships that come together naturally and the sisterhood bond we share because of the particular hardships women face We are introduced to each of the women at the very start with each having a chapter briefly describing where they came fromand then she moves to present dayIt was at times very sarcastic romantic tragic and uplifting but the bonds of friendship and the strength of each woman to deal with the cards life dealt to them was inspiringA beautifully written book for women about women told with honesty sincerity and humor Never stop living no matter what happensgrab that way too expensive bottle of wine and uncork it 5 fantastic stars

  5. says:

    A contemporary novel addressing modern day problems faced by women These are serious problems that are dealt with through laughter friendship and tears Those who are fans of the 'Sex and the City' or 'Desperate Housewives' generation will enjoy this read It is chick lit but has depth that separates it from the fluff stereotype However it isn't so heavy that it becomes depressing There is a perfect mix of humor and realism that many readers will relate to If you can't relate to issues or friendship bonds commonly featured in contemporary novels and shows ie Sex in the City then this read probably wouldn't interest you Like most reads personal experiences will dictate whether a reader can connect with the issues faced by the characters

  6. says:

    Good read thoroughly enjoyedI really enjoyed this book I'm a sucker for books about women that deal with real life situations and how they handle them I could see a little of myself in each character and although I haven't experienced all that they've gone through I could sympathize with each of these women Maybe there's a seuel in the works

  7. says:

    A heartwarming book about four friends who meet monthly for wine and friendship Chapters are written around each character

  8. says:

    A wonderful story about how much better life is when getting through with true friends Not just people you are friendly with but true deep there for the tough stuff along with all of the good Marriage divorce step families business successes and failures illnesses and some great food and wine Good narration Audiblecom made for a delightful listen A little bit too much talk of religion and faith for me but not overwhelming Its just there

  9. says:

    I am a sucker for a good woman's story and this book is has 4 good stories It is lighthearted heartbreaking touching and funny

  10. says:

    Publisher D Vine PressReleased 2009Pages 318ISBN 10 1449505570ISBN 13 978 1449505578Stars 35Happy Hour by the author of the Wine Lover’s Mystery Series Michele Scott is a Sex and the City style minus the fashion chicklit novel featuring four female forty something best friends who live in the Napa Valley and meet every Sunday for “friendship good food and great wine” The book opens three years before the story really begins giving the history of each main character so that we know what they’ve been through up until present day Each chapter is dedicated to one of the four women Kat Alyssa Danielle and Jamie and Jamie’s chapters occasionally offer one of her columns from the magazine she edits There is a bonus section at the back of the book that includes each woman’s favourite recipe I think I’m going to try Kat’s Fettucine Goat Cheese and Pancetta and complementary wine mentioned in the story an interview with the author and book club discussion uestionsKat McClintock is a sommelier who owns a restaurant with her second husband Christian Together they endure the challenges that come with a blended family including Christian’s less than perfect connection with Kat’s sons from her first marriage Jeremy and Brian the addition of Christian’s young daughter Amber into their household and Kat’s estranged new age mother Venus who had left her father to find herself many years beforeAlyssa Johnson an artist and gallery owner is keeping a deep dark secret from her best friends She left her fiancé Terrell three years earlier when she discovered that his best friend James was someone from her past who had changed her life forever Now she must find the courage to let the skeleton out of the closet in order to overcome a life and death situation and decide who she really wants to spend her future withDanielle Bastillia is a divorced vintner whose rebellious teenage daughters Shannon and Cassie just can’t seem to communicate with her Danielle’s high school crush Mark Murphy who is now a doctor reappears in her life just as she is shaken to her core when Shannon admits that she is pregnant and they later discover that her baby has Down’s syndromeJamie Evans the editor in chief of Wine Lover’s Magazine is raising her young daughter Maddie alone after her husband Nathan died of cancer Jamie who finds herself financially challenged is also stuck looking after her doddering mother in law Dorothy and understandably has trouble moving forward with her life However with the help of Maddie’s horseback riding coach the handsome Tyler Meeks Jamie slowly begins to join the land of the living once againThese are strong female characters that you can truly empathize with and root for but there is no Mr Big among the men With the exception of Tyler Meeks none of the men were particularly appealing to me and weren’t written with a lot of detailTogether these women find the strength to deal with the hardships of life within the protective bonds of their friendship and in the end it would seem that everyone gets to enjoy fine wine Pinot Grigio for me please and live happily ever after which makes for good escapism It was as hard for me to pick a favourite among them as it was with Sex and the City which coincidentally I just finished watching all 6 seasons of back to back on DVDThis is the first book I’ve read by San Diego’s Michele Scott and while I enjoyed it and think that the characters were well developed the dialogue authentic and the contemporary pop culture references very relatable there is something about the flow of her writing style somewhat staccato that just doesn’t uite live up to the uality I’ve found in other contemporary women’s writers like Helen Fielding Jane Porter or Maggie O’Farrell However I would read of Scott’s work and can certainly identify with her personal philosophy and sense of humour She left me wanting to take a trip to the Napa Valley with my best girlfriends so that we can enjoy our own Happy Hour Cheers Michelle