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She’s out to prove that there’s no such thing as choosing happiness.

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She was supposed to have a flourishing career. She was supposed to be married with children. She was supposed to have a life outside her tiny little office and her tiny little apartment.

Isadora has none of those things, and she’s fairly certain she never will.

As an academic researcher, she’s analyzed the data, and concluded that the probability of ever finding happiness is next to zero. After all, connecting with other people is the likeliest way to lead a happy life, and in her thirty years on this earth, she’s never managed to master that.

But then, as she shops for a solo birthday celebration meal (a smorgasbord of junk food), a headline on a magazine catches her eye: “Thirty-one Ways to be Happy (Today!)” Of course, Isadora knows better than to trust articles that aren’t rooted in facts, but she can’t help but wonder what it says. Against her better judgment, she buys it, and then she has an idea.

She’ll give this happiness thing one last-ditch effort by implementing all thirty-one steps of the article. One a day for a whole month. At least then, nobody can say she didn’t try. She’ll record the data and disprove the author of the article.

But as Isadora begins her experiment, strange things happen. Feelings. Emotions. Connections. And when she finds herself a key player in another person’s life, she begins to question whether or not her hypothesis was correct.

And she wonders if maybe she could actually find the happy life she’s been searching for.


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"This book completely captured my heart & is definitely one of my top reads of the year!!"

-Goodreads review

"This book is golden. The characters are so lovable and relatable - even in their flaws. I found myself relating to Isadora in so many ways - in many ways that I’m not proud of, per se."

-Goodreads review

"I want to gush over this book; by far, my favorite of Courtney Walsh's books, and I've liked them all. This is for all the girls who were smart, instead of popular, and for all the intelligent women who feel they need to hide, or who don't get the proper credit for their work. May you all find friends like Isadora does."

-Goodreads review


Author Courtney Walsh


Courtney Walsh is a novelist, theatre director, and playwright. She writes small town romance and women's fiction while juggling the performing arts studio and youth theatre she owns with her husband. She is the author of thirteen novels. Her debut, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist. Her novel Just Let Go won the Carol in 2019, and three of her novels have also been Christy-award finalists. A creative at heart, Courtney has also written three craft books and several musicals. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three children.


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