South of Happily
Anderson has written a book that will have you nodding your head at the relatability of the characters one moment and laughing out loud the next.
-Kim Conrey, author of Stealing Ares and Nicholas Eternal
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 29, 2023
I truly enjoyed this book. It made me laugh out loud and also cry out loud. And my cheeks hurt from all the smiling I did at the end.
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 22, 2023
Witty, charming, and fast paced. Yes, it's a great story line, but it's the style, the contemplation, and the humor that make this so enjoyable. The writing should place the author on the fast-track to join the pantheon of contemporary Florida fiction authors. Anxiously awaiting the next book by GA Anderson.
In the coastal town of Dufferin Beach, Katy Kiss searches for the hope she had as a child, when her immigrant grandmother pinched her cheeks and promised a lifetime of “Happily”.
At twenty-six, that Happily is nowhere to be found. Katy is stuck working in her family’s Hungarian restaurant, and her marriage feels like it’s being churned through the business end of a meat grinder.
Taking her best friend’s advice, Katy tries therapy where she scores zero for effort, eight for avoidance, and ten out of ten for having the attention span of a small rodent. But she’s about to get a divorce, her life is unraveling, and she’s forced to explore the one topic her family won’t go near. Emotion.
As the stress of her situation builds, Katy longs for the support of her parents, but her dad is misbehaving in a foreign country, and her indignant mother is holed up in Paris. All they’ve left behind is a mysterious document she wasn’t meant to find.
When a late-night call wakes her from a haunting dream, the secrets about that document begin coming out. She needs her passport, her closest friends, and her annoying therapist to see her through the calamities, both domestic and international.
If candor and snark can save her from herself, Katy might discover the truth hiding between the lies, and find the Happily she’s been searching for.
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