@Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Happy & You Know It” by Laura Hankin, Berkley, May 19, 2020
Laura Hankin, Author of “Happy and You Know It” has written a unique, entertaining, and witty novel. The genres for this novel are Literary Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The timeline for this story is set in the present in New York City and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The author describes her characters as complex, complicated. Some are manipulative and dysfunctional.
Claire is an out of work singer and musician that now finds the opportunity to be a musician for wealthy mothers and their babies. She plays the guitar and usually sings appropriate songs such as “If You Are Happy and You Know It”. As Claire becomes more involved with the mothers of this playgroup, she is aware of the latest styles, fads, and fashions that these women pay for. These women are now using special vitamins that seem to be giving them tremendous energy and they are feeling good. The cost is astronomical!.
Of course, there is an Instagram Page, and other media where there are so many followers taking all of this in. Each of the women that Claire meets has their own secrets and set of problems. It is almost like building the most intriguing design with special blocks, until the blocks come tumbling down!
Of course, the mothers give their babies the best opportunities possible!
I appreciate the way the author vividly describes her characters, events, and settings into a world that seems so wonderful to be in, until it’s not. I highly recommend this witty and entertaining novel.