The Underside of Joy

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HarperCollins Publishers, Feb 1, 2012 - Fiction - 384 pages
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For all fans of Jodi Picoult and Susan Lewis – no one can love her children like she can, can they?

With a wonderful husband, two animated kids and an extended family who regard her as one of their own, Ella counts as her blessings. Yet when her soul mate Joe tragically drowns, her life is turned upside down without warning, and she finds that the luck, which she had thought would last forever, has run out. When Joe’s beautiful ex-wife, who three years earlier deserted their children, arrives at the funeral – Ella fears the worst. She is right to.
Ella discovers she must struggle with her own grief, whilst battling to remain with the children and the life which she loves. Questioning her own role as a mother, and trying to do what is right, all she is sure of is that she needs her family to make it through each day. Yet when pushed to the limits of love, Ella must decide whether she is, after all, the best mother for her children?

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User Review  - shesinplainview - LibraryThing

This story started out interesting but midway through it became so-so and ended up being completely predictable. Also so there's nothing positive to say about the writing style, there is none. Read full review

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User Review  - lindap69 - LibraryThing

Joe Jr's death starts a series of unforeseen events for Ella who thought her life was so idllyic. This story is a true testament to the concept that there are no simple answers and each one of us is a ... Read full review

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Seré Prince Halverson is the international bestselling author of The Underside of Joy, which was translated into seventeen languages. She and her husband live in Northern California and have four grown children.

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