The Theory of Happily Ever After


Author: Kristin Billerbeck
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 1493414038
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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According to Dr. Maggie Maguire, happiness is serious science, as serious as Maggie takes herself. But science can't always account for life's anomalies--for instance, why her fiancé dumped her for a silk-scarf acrobat and how the breakup sent Maggie spiraling into an extended ice cream-fueled chick flick binge. Concerned that she might never pull herself out of this nosedive, Maggie's friends book her as a speaker on a "New Year, New You" cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. Maggie wonders if she's qualified to teach others about happiness when she can't muster up any for herself. But when a handsome stranger on board insists that smart women can't ever be happy, Maggie sets out to prove him wrong. Along the way she may discover that happiness has far less to do with the head than with the heart. Filled with memorable characters, snappy dialogue, and touching romance, Kristin Billerbeck's The Theory of Happily Ever After shows that the search for happiness may be futile--because sometimes happiness is already out there searching for you. "Billerbeck has the most delightful voice I've ever read. I adore her stories, and she returns with an enchanting new novel, The Theory of Happily Ever After. I laughed, cried, and rejoiced with her wonderful characters and was sad when the story ended. Highly recommended!"--Colleen Coble, USA Today bestselling author

The Science of Happily Ever After

What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love
Author: Ty Tashiro
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 037389290X
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 278
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Examines the science behind choosing a mate and reveals actionable tips for finding love, in an exploration that draws on research from such fields as demography, sociology, and psychology.

Happily Ever After

Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry
Author: Jack Zipes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135252963
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 144
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First Published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

A Billion Reasons Why


Author: Kristin Billerbeck
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1401685366
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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There are a billion reasons Kate should marry her current boyfriend. Will she trade them all to be madly in love? Katie McKenna leads a perfect life. She has a fulfilling job, a cute apartment, and a wedding to plan with her soon-to-be fiancé, Dexter. She can think of a billion reasons why she should marry Dexter. He’s everything she wants in a husband. And then in walks Luc DeForges, her bold, breathtaking ex-boyfriend. Only now he’s a millionaire. And he wants her to go home to New Orleans to sing for a friend’s wedding. As his date. But Katie made up her mind about Luc eight years ago, when she fled their hometown after a very public breakup. Yet there’s still a magnetism between them she can’t deny. Katie thought her predictable relationship with Dexter would be the bedrock of a lasing, Christian marriage. But what if there’s more? What if God’s desire for her is a heart full of life? And what if that’s what Luc has offered all along? "Katie and Luc dance off the pages of this book, making you fall in love with them and New Orleans. Full of surprises and romance." —Carolyne Aarsen, author of The Baby Promise

Finding Mr. Happily Ever After: Nathan


Author: Melissa Storm,Melissa McClone
Publisher: Partridge & Pear Press
ISBN: 1942771568
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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Love is complicated. Jazz Michaels isn’t sure she wants it. That is until she sees the boy next door in a whole new light. Problem is, revealing her feelings could mean losing the best friend she’s ever had—and growing up as the only child of a single mother is lonely enough, thank you. Nathan Reed wants to live a life of passion, love, and freedom. A serious relationship is the last thing on his list, but picturing a future without Jazz by his side just isn’t possible. As their paths diverge, will Jazz and Nathan find a way to remain together? Or does growing up also mean growing apart? One bride, four possible grooms, unlimited potential for disaster to strike. Is the man waiting at the end of the aisle the one that’s meant to be Jazz’s forever love? Find out in this addictive series of one woman’s journey to her happily ever after. Order your copy, and start your book binge today!

Happily Ever After

The Romance Story in Popular Culture
Author: Catherine M. Roach
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253020522
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 240
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"Find your one true love and live happily ever after." The trials of love and desire provide perennial story material, from the BiblicalSong of Songsto Disney’s princesses, but perhaps most provocatively in the romance novel, a genre known for tales of fantasy and desire, sex and pleasure. Hailed on the one hand for its women-centered stories that can be sexually liberating, and criticized on the other for its emphasis on male/female coupling and mythical happy endings, romance fiction is a multi-million dollar publishing phenomenon, creating national and international societies of enthusiasts, practitioners, and scholars. Catherine M. Roach, alongside her romance-writer alter-ego, Catherine LaRoche, guides the reader deep into Romancelandia where the smart and the witty combine with the sexy and seductive to explore why this genre has such a grip on readers and what we can learn from the romance novel about the nature of happiness, love, sex, and desire in American popular culture.

After the Happily Ever After

Empowering Women and Mothers in Relationships
Author: Linda Rose Ennis
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781772581287
Category: Man-woman relationships
Page: 300
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The Chase

Trusting God with Your Happily Ever After
Author: Kyle Kupecky,Kelsey Kupecky
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 1441248528
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
Page: 192
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Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky couldn't have dreamed a better love story for themselves had it been scripted by a bestselling novelist like Kelsey's mom, Karen Kingsbury. In fact, if you asked them, Kyle and Kelsey would name God as the author of their story. And they're glad they trusted him to write it for them. Unfortunately, too many girls hoping for their own happily-ever-after have taken matters into their own hands, chasing after boys when they should be chasing after God. And that inevitably leads to heartache, low self-esteem, and poor choices as girls give in to pressure from media and peers to look and act a certain way to attract guys. Kyle and Kelsey want girls to know that it's never too late to trust God with their love lives, that wherever they are, there's always hope for the future. Through their own story and the stories of others who long for love, they show girls how to put God first, how to value and protect their purity, how to deal with loneliness and bullying, and how to see themselves as God does--a one-in-a-million girl who deserves no less than God's best.

The Slippery Year


Author: Melanie Gideon
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307273048
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
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Melanie Gideon’s hilarious memoir is a disarmingly honest take on marriage and motherhood by a woman who realized she was sleepwalking through life and decided she needed to do something about it. The Slippery Year chronicles her struggle to rediscover meaning and pleasure in life while navigating the comical ups and downs of cohabiting with a husband, a child, and a dog: mattress wars with her snoring mate, the psychological minefield of the school carpool line, and sending her son to sleep-away camp for the first time. Gideon manages to be laugh-out-loud funny while also reflecting beautifully and movingly on her quest to appreciate what she has. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Princess Ever After


Author: Rachel Hauck
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310315522
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
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Regina Beswick was born to be a princess. But she’s content to be a small-town girl, running a classic auto restoration shop, unaware a secret destiny awaits her. One that will leap from the pages of her grandmother’s hand-painted book of fairytales. Tanner Burkhardt is the stoic Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg. When he is tasked to retrieve the long-lost princess, he must overcome his fear of failure in order to secure his nation’s future—and his own. Yet lurking in the political shadows is a fierce opponent with sinister plans to abolish the throne forever. Overwhelmed with opposition, Regina must decide if she’s destined to restore old cars or an ancient nation. Together—with a little divine intervention—Regina and Tanner discover the truth of her heritage and the healing power of true love. "Hauck can be counted on for captivating, page-turning stories and sincere characters with heart." —Romantic Times Review, 4 stars

Happily Ever Esther

Two Men, a Wonder Pig, and Their Life-Changing Mission to Give Animals a Home
Author: Steve Jenkins,Derek Walter
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1538728125
Category: Pets
Page: 224
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Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, had their lives turned upside down when they adopted their pig-daughter Esther--the so-called micro pig who turned out to be a full-sized commercial pig growing to a whopping 600 pounds--as they describe in their bestselling memoir Esther the Wonder Pig. The book ends with them moving to a new farm, and starting a new wonderful life where they will live on the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary to care for other animals and just live happily ever after... Or so they thought. People often think about giving it all up and just moving to a farm. In theory it sure does sound great. But as Derek and Steve quickly realized, the realities of being a farmer--especially when you have never lived on a farm let alone outside of the city--can be frantic, crazy, and even insane. Not only are they adjusting to farm life and dutifully taking care of their pig-daughter Esther (who by the way lives in the master bedroom of their house), but before they knew it their sanctuary grew to as many as 42 animals, including: pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, cows, roosters, a peacock, a duck, a horse, a donkey, and a barn cat named Willma Ferrell. Written with joy and humor, and filled with delicious Esther-approved recipes dispersed throughout the book, this charming memoir captures an emotional journey of one little family advocating for animals everywhere.

Matched to a Prince


Author: Kat Cantrell
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1460336917
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
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How could she be his perfect match? Prince Alain "Finn" Phineas pledged his love to Juliet Villere once—and she betrayed him. Despite the desire he still feels, Finn would never act on those feelings again. Not even when Juliet is chosen for him by an elite matchmaker. Then fate, in the form of the royal family, intervenes. Trapped alone on a beautiful island, they are held "captive" until Finn can convince Juliet to marry him and end a political nightmare. His motives should be about serving his country. So why does his heart yearn for a second chance with Juliet…a real chance this time?

The Theory of Attraction

A Shot in the Dark\Forbidden Fantasies
Author: Delphine Dryden,Christine d'Abo,Jodie Griffin
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1426894872
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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"With BDSM erotica all the rage right now, it's a pleasure to find a story that's a perfect example of how good these books can be when crafted by a talented author." -RT Book Reviews on The Theory of Attraction The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden Camilla can set her watch by her sexy rocket-scientist neighbor's schedule…but she soon learns that isn't the only thing Ivan likes to be strict about. He needs to be in charge in the bedroom as well—and Cami discovers there can be more pleasure in submitting than she ever imagined… A Shot in the Dark by Christine d'Abo Carter is one of the hottest men ever to walk into Paige Long's coffee shop. Firefighter by day, Dom by night, he's her ultimate fantasy. But can Carter convince Paige to submit to happiness outside the bedroom, too? Forbidden Fantasies by Jodie Griffin After fifteen years of marriage, Jessica and Alex's sex life is, well, a little predictable. It just can't compare with the hot new world Jessica discovers in the pages of erotic romances. Until their fantasies are brought to life during a special weekend at a unique B and B: Bondage and Breakfast… 107,000 words

Love Is a Story

A New Theory of Relationships
Author: Robert J. Sternberg
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198026594
Category: Psychology
Page: 256
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In this groundbreaking work, Robert Sternberg opens the book of love and shows you how to discover your own story--and how to read your relationships in a whole new light. What draws us so strongly to some people and repels us from others? What makes some relationships work so smoothly and others burst into flames? Sternberg gives us new answers to these questions by showing that the kind of relationship we create depends on the kind of love stories we carry inside us. Drawing on extensive research and fascinating examples of real couples, Sternberg identifies 26 types of love story--including the fantasy story, the business story, the collector story, the horror story, and many others--each with its distinctive advantages and pitfalls, and many of which are clashingly incompatible. These are the largely unconscious preconceptions that guide our romantic choices, and it is only by becoming aware of the kind of story we have about love that we gain the freedom to create more fulfilling and lasting relationships. As long as we remain oblivious to the role our stories play, we are likely to repeat the same mistakes again and again. But the enlivening good news this book brings us is that though our stories drive us, we can revise them and learn to choose partners whose stories are more compatible with our own. Quizzes in each chapter help you to see which stories you identify with most strongly and which apply to your partner. Are you a traveler, a gardener, a teacher, or something else entirely? Love is a Story shows you how to find out.

Matched to a Billionaire


Author: Kat Cantrell
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1460334825
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
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Wanted: one convenient wife Venture capitalist Leo Reynolds is married to his work, but now he needs a wife. Someone to run his home, host his parties—and accept a marriage that's strictly business. His one rule: love will play no part in their union. At least that's the lie he tells himself, until he meets his match…. Enter Daniella White—handpicked by the matchmaker as the perfect wife. Marriage to Leo means security, and she's willing to give up passion for friendship. But the moment they meet, sparks fly. And now temptation—and Leo's own heart—have the billionaire ready to change all the rules.

A Childfree Happily Ever After

Why More Women are Choosing Not to Have Childrene
Author: Tanya Williams
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780648137269
Category:
Page: 202
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With the numbers of childfree women increasing around the globe, it's time to recognise that the choice not to have children is a valid option, and childfree women are reshaping the definition of womanhood in a fundamental way. Unfortunately, they are largely misunderstood, judged, criticised and scorned. And this pressure, these expectations, can make some women feel compelled to make a decision that's wrong for them, or to put off making a decision only to change their minds later. Regardless of your choice, this is a choice that you should be allowed to make based on what you want. Having a child, or being childfree, should never be something that you do due to obligation, tradition, expectation or because all your friends are doing it. With this in mind, the goal of this book is to unveil some of the different forces that might have been turning you away from what you truly want, or diluting the strength of your inner voice, as well as to help you make a decision that's right for you.

The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After


Author: Julia Quinn
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062096532
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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Once upon a time, a historical romance author created a family . . . But not just any family. Eight brothers and sisters, assorted in-laws, sons and daughters, nieces and nephews (not to mention an overweight corgi) plus an irrepressible matriarch who's a match for any of them . . . These are the Bridgertons: less a family than a force of nature. Through eight bestselling novels, readers laughed, cried, and fell in love. But they wanted more. And so the readers asked the author . . . What happens next? Does Simon ever read his father's letters? Do Francesca and Michael become parents? Who would win in a Pall Mall grudge match? Does "The End" really have to be the end? Now, with The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After, Julia Quinn delivers eight sexy, funny, and heartwarming "2nd Epilogues" plus a bonus story about none other than the wise and witty matriarch Violet Bridgerton herself. So get to know the Bridgertons all over again—because Happily Ever After is a whole lot of fun.

Swimming to the Surface


Author: Kristin Billerbeck
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781481175760
Category: Fiction
Page: 358
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She was tired of life, he was tired of death, can one miracle restore them both? Kelsey Mitchell's dreams of happily ever after were washed away when her emotionally abusive husband succumbed to the pride of his religious illusions and abandoned his family. Now, raising two kids alone in the beachside community of Santa Cruz, Kelsey's faith is again tested when her daughter's life is in jeopardy. Alex Bechtel left his CPA business to pastor a small church in the seaside village. But when he discovers the church is long on rules and short on compassion, he must question his decisions and his own definition of faith.

Happy Together

Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts
Author: Suzann Mapp Pileggi Pawelski,James O. Pawelski
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143130595
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 272
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How do you get to "happily ever after"? In fairy tales, lasting love just happens. But in real life, healthy habits are what build happiness over the long haul. Happy Together, written by positive psychology experts and husband-and-wife team Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James O. Pawelski, is the first book on using the principles of positive psychology to create thriving romantic relationships. Combining extensive scientific research and real-life examples, this book will help you find and feed the good in yourself and your partner. You will learn to develop key habits for building and sustaining long-term love by: * Promoting a healthy passion * Prioritizing positive emotions * Mindfully savoring experiences together * Seeking out strengths in each other Through easy-to-follow methods and fun exercises, you'll learn to strengthen your partnership, whether you're looking to start a relationship off on the right foot, weather difficult times, reignite passion, or transform a good marriage into a great one.

There's Someone Inside Your House


Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101590025
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 304
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A New York Times bestseller! "The best new horror of the season." –Mashable "There’s Someone Inside Your House is equal parts heart-stopping horror and steamy romance. It’s tons of bloody fun." –HelloGiggles "Turn on—all—the lights before reading this hair-raiser full of serious Scream vibes." –Seventeen It's been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, and she's still adjusting to her new life. And still haunted by her past in Hawaii. Then, one by one, the students of her small town high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, Makani will be forced to confront her own dark secrets. Stephanie Perkins, bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss, returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down. "There's Someone Inside Your House is a heart-pounding page-turner with an outstanding cast of characters, a deliciously creepy setting, and an absolutely merciless body count. Best read at night with big bowl of popcorn, this is a killer addition to the slasher genre written by one of the best contemporary YA writers around." —Courtney Summers, author of All the Rage and Cracked Up to Be "Perkins deftly builds the suspense like a pro.... Readers will be sleeping with one eye open." —Booklist "Perkins lulls readers into a false sense of security before twisting the knife." —Publishers Weekly