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The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After

by Heather Harpham

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Happiness by Heather Harpham
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    Aug 2017, 320 pages

    Nov 2018, 320 pages


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  • Jan T. (Leona Valley, CA)
    Wonderful memoir. Page turning account of a family through a very difficult medical challenge. Read this is one sitting. The choices which must be made when children are in trouble is gut wrenching. The fact that this is a true story makes it even more gripping. Well written and heartfelt. I would recommend this to everyone!
  • Sue J. (Brookfield, WI)
    Excellent Read
    Happiness was a book that was hard to put down. Heather Harpham's memoir grabbed you from the first couple pages till the very end. Her writing style was so honest and insightful into relationships and the highs and lows of everyday life. Her daughter's bone marrow transplant, and how hard it is on the entire family, was so lovingly told. I highly recommend this book!
  • Sherri G. (Pasadena, CA)
    This will make you happy!
    This is the true story of Brian and Heather. Brian is a writer who lives in NYC in an organized, consistent almost regimented lifestyle. Heather lives in NYC maintaining a very good life, a bit unorganized until she becomes pregnant and moves back to CA to be with her mom since Brian doesn't want kids. Ms. Harpham is a very good writer. She is funny and thinks Big Sur, Ca is the most beautiful place on the planet, as do I, so I consider her very intelligent as well as a fantastic word person. It's their adventure as they maneuver through a medical nightmare and manage to remain sane and funny simultaneously. Oh so good, you will want to read it twice.
  • Janine S. (Wyoming, MI)
    Powerful but touching story
    This is a "I don't want to put it down" book. You simply have to know what will happen. Beautifully written, touchingly poignant, this is a story of one woman's courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds to keep her child safe and to find a cure. The story of how the father who initially rejected her when she was first pregnant but was able to make amends and realize that parenthood is a wonderful, though taxing experience and that he should be part of it made the story much deeper too. Memoirs are not my favorite genre for reading but Happiness by Heather Harpham has made it one I will pursue with more interest. Great book which I highly recommend.
  • Candace F. (Lincoln, NE)
    Happiness by Heather Harpham
    This book was not easy for me to read but grabbed my heart to the very core. Deep moving love, happiness, hope, fear, sadness, sprinkled with a little covered all the human emotions. Heather's relationship with Brian, her friends, family and children brought out each raw emotion. Brian, Heather, and Gracie are the very definitions of courage and strength, my only question is, although Heather mentioned a few prayers at the end of the story, how much did faith sustain her? I had to wonder if "faith" would have brought Heather and Brian some peace of mind. This memoir is one I will never forget and without any reservation recommend to all my friends and family. Heather, your work is exemplary!
  • Donna W. (Wauwatosa, WI)
    This was a great book! The author gives the reader a glimpse into the life of a family with a sick child. It is touching, sad, funny and such an incredible look into her life that I thank Heather Harpham for sharing her story.

    Heather has such an expressive way with words that feelings and pictures are easily conveyed to reader. I couldn't put the book down. A must read!
  • Julie H
    Happiness by Heather Harpham
    I write this review through eyes that are still blurry with tears. This memoir was in incredible, emotional roller coaster that I could not put down. I had to know what would happen to Gracie and to their family. I became fully vested in their story, wanting to will the outcome in a certain way, knowing that this was not a work of fiction. I was reminded of the strength and innate sweetness all children possess, as well as the importance of family and friends as a support system. I applaud Ms. Harpham for sharing her story, and her family, with readers everywhere.

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