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: 113525303X
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

Project: Happily Ever After

Saving Your Marriage When the Fairytale Falters
Author: Alisa Bowman
Publisher: Running Press Adult
ISBN: 0762441666
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 256
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What do you do when your marriage is so unhappy that you begin to fantasize about your husband's funeral? That's how bad it got for Alisa Bowman. . . So she launched a last-ditch effort to save her marriage. Project: Happily Ever After is her fearlessly honest and humorous account of how she went from being a “divorce daydreamer” to renewing her wedding vows—and all of the steps in between. From bikini waxes to erotica, romance instruction manuals to second honeymoons, the silent treatment to power struggles, she goes where many marriage-improvement gurus have feared to tread. Equal parts funny, poignant, and most importantly, useful, Bowman's story will give other miserably-married folks courage and hope. And in addition to telling her own story, she packs straightforward prescriptive guidance, including a “10-Step Marital Improvement Guide.” Readers will laugh. They'll cry. And they can start on the road toward their own happy ending!

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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Perfectly Dateless (My Perfectly Misunderstood Life Book #1)

A Universally Misunderstood Novel
Author: Kristin Billerbeck
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 9781441211750
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 272
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Daisy Crispin has 196 days to find the right date for the prom. There's only one problem--her parents won't let her date or even talk to a guy on the phone. Oh, and she's totally invisible at school, has to wear lame homemade clothes, and has no social skills. Okay, so maybe there's more than one problem. Can she talk her parents into letting her go to the prom? Or will they succeed at their obvious attempt to completely ruin her life? With hilarious and truthful writing, Kristin Billerbeck uncovers the small--and large--mortifications that teen girls encounter. Readers will fall in love with Daisy's sharp wit and resourcefulness as she navigates the world of boys, fashion, family, and friendship.

She's Out of Control


Author: Kristin Billerbeck
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1418537403
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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Ever been on the verge of buying your own engagement ring? Ashley Stockingdale, the charming but always-in-over-her-head patent attorney from What a Girl Wants, has finally found the man she wants to marry. But after nine months of dating, it seems her commitment-phobe boyfriend will never use the "M" word. And just when she thinks she's got it all together, Ashley is having trouble knowing where to put it. A massive remodeling project, a hyperactive puppy, and an ex-boyfriend who wants to be part of her life again all keep Ashley's world spinning. As the mayhem escalates, Ashley's life quickly goes from What a Girl Wants to out of control.

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.

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.

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

Matched to a Prince


Author: Kat Cantrell
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 0373733348
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?

Conscious Uncoupling

5 Steps to Living Happily Even After
Author: Katherine Woodward Thomas
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 0553446991
Category: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
Page: 320
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"With the first book on conscious uncoupling, bestselling author and licensed psychotherapist Katherine Woodward Thomas forges a new path for those in the midst of a breakup or divorce. Thomas's groundbreaking work and five-step plan promises a new way to end a failing relationship that isn't bitter and needlessly painful, but is instead characterized by goodwill, generosity, and respect. With its precepts, couples learn how to do minimal damage to themselves, each other, and their children"--

Happy Together

Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts
Author: Suzann Pileggi Pawelski,James O. Pawelski
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143130595
Category: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
Page: 272
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Nearly 60% of today's marriages end in divorce, and of the 40% that stay intact, many languish. What is the secret to relationships that not only survive, but thrive? In Happy Together, positive psychology experts and husband-and-wife team Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James Pawelski reveal for the first time how to apply the principles of positive psychology to create and enjoy healthy, successful, and satisfying relationships that last. Combining their deep knowledge in this field with extensive scientific research, real-life examples, advice from relationship scientists, and fun exercises and quizzes for couples, they identify four key areas that are crucial for building and sustaining love over the long run- passion, positive emotions, savoring, and strengths. Their easy-to-follow, step-by-step method shows how to cultivate these elements successfully at any stage of a partnership or marriage. Inspiring, encouraging and accessible,Happy Togetheris the essential roadmap to rewarding, long-lasting romance for any couple, whether they're looking to start off a relationship on the right foot, weather difficult times, reignite passion, or transform a good marriage into a great one.

Deborah Kass

Before and Happily Ever After
Author: Deborah Kass,Lisa Liebmann
Publisher: Skira
ISBN: 9780847839186
Category: Art
Page: 255
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The first comprehensive book accompanying a major touring exhibition by the painter Deborah Kass. More than any artist of the last thirty years, New York City–based painter Deborah Kass has made it her life’s work to position women artists on the great paternal playing field of art history. From her early paintings of the sea pounding rocky shores to her eponymous Warhol Project series and her recent text-based works, Kass has quite literally fired the canon, challenged the status quo, and refigured art history. The book features in-depth essays by a panoply of important figures, including Robert Storr, renowned curator, professor, and onetime subject of a Kass painting, and Griselda Pollock, one of the most important feminist art historians in the field. The volume can be seen as both a primer on feminist movements of the past thirty years and as a potent wake-up call to the establishment that artists of Kass’s caliber must be at the forefront of today’s art world.

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.

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.

Finding Mr. Happily Ever After


Author: Melissa Storm,Melissa McClone
Publisher: Partridge & Pear Press
ISBN: 1942771738
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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When two USA Today bestselling Sweet Romance authors named Melissa unite, readers get the swooniest, bingiest series yet... Love is confusing. Luckily, Jazz Michaels has it all figured out... or so she thinks. At last her wedding day has arrived, and she can't wait to say "I do." But when three former fiancés each declare their undying love for her, it's enough to give any bride cold feet. The clock is ticking, and if she can't make a choice before the start of the ceremony, she could lose all four of her great loves forever. Which of these potential husbands is meant to be the other half of her lifelong dream? And whose hearts will she break when taking this final step toward her future? 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. This special edition includes all five stories in Jazz’s journey toward happily ever after, together in one collection for the very first time. Order your copy, and start your book binge today! "I love this series. The characters are endearing, complex and flawed. The journey to find love is never without trials. I love the idea of following the heroine in her quest, seeing her grow, moving on..." ★★★★★ from Oscar "The Mr. Happily Ever After series is a humorous look at love through the eyes and heart of a cluelessly adorable romantic... An amazing, entertaining and heartwarming series." ★★★★★ from Isha Coleman "Holy Smokes!! Amazing book!!! Leaves you guessing what comes next. Gets better every time! Love it!!!!! Need more!" ★★★★★ from Nicole Posey "I normally do not like serial books, but this series has me breathlessly waiting to find out WHO Jazz will finally find her happily ever after with." ★★★★★ from Barbara "I've loved this quick-reading series and look forward to reading the final book where it will be revealed who she chooses as her Mr. Happily Ever After. At this point, I have no idea who it will be, and can't wait to find out." ★★★★★ from Sherry Greene "I'm writing this with happy tears in my eyes. Once Jazz figures out the true meaning of follow your heart, she gets it right... You will not be disappointed." ★★★★★ from Janice9487 "Melissa Storm and Melissa McClone have made a great writing team... They do a fabulous job of ramping up the anticipation until the very end." ★★★★★ from E. Eblin

The Course of Love

A Novel
Author: Alain de Botton
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501134434
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
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“An engrossing tale [that] provides plenty of food for thought” (People, Best New Books pick), this playful, wise, and profoundly moving second novel from the internationally bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life tracks the beautifully complicated arc of a romantic partnership. We all know the headiness and excitement of the early days of love. But what comes after? In Edinburgh, a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children—but no long-term relationship is as simple as “happily ever after.” The Course of Love explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence. We see, along with Rabih and Kirsten, the first flush of infatuation, the effortlessness of falling into romantic love, and the course of life thereafter. Interwoven with their story and its challenges is an overlay of philosophy—an annotation and a guide to what we are reading. As The New York Times says, “The Course of Love is a return to the form that made Mr. de Botton’s name in the mid-1990s….love is the subject best suited to his obsessive aphorizing, and in this novel he again shows off his ability to pin our hopes, methods, and insecurities to the page.” This is a Romantic novel in the true sense, one interested in exploring how love can survive and thrive in the long term. The result is a sensory experience—fictional, philosophical, psychological—that urges us to identify deeply with these characters and to reflect on his and her own experiences in love. Fresh, visceral, and utterly compelling, The Course of Love is a provocative and life-affirming novel for everyone who believes in love. “There’s no writer alive like de Botton, and his latest ambitious undertaking is as enlightening and humanizing as his previous works” (Chicago Tribune).