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(Im)perfectly Happy March 17, 2020 Just got a review copy of this via Netgalley and I m so happy Thank you, Kensington Books.March 12, 2020 In the author s own words, Im Perfectly Happy isa love letter to black women who have often sacrificed themselves, their goals, happiness and dreams for others When Four College Friends Formed The Brown Sugarettes Mastermind Group, They Had Very Different Goals But Matched Each Other In Ambition Yet Ten Years Later They Can T Help Wondering What Happened To The Hopeful, Confident, Driven Women They Used To Be And How To Get Them Back Radio Personality Raina, Known As The Black Delilah, Hates The Wholesome Persona That S Made Her A Success Doling Out Syrupy Versions Of Her Grandma S Wisdom Feels Worlds Away From The Sarcastic, Tell It Like It Is Woman Raina Really IsKara Jones Was Sure She D Be A Master Sommelier By Thirty Life And Loss Interfered With That Plan Now She Has One Chance But It S Taking A Toll On Her Self Esteem And Her MarriageNikki Grayson Hardly Recognizes The Stay At Home Mom She S Become When Her Band Signed A Record Deal, She Swapped The Limelight For A Minivan And A Sensible Do Now She S Wishing She Had Followed Her Heart Instead, She S Drowning Her Regret In AlcoholPublic Defender Sienna Njeri Willingly Put Her City Council Aspirations Aside To Support Her Fianc S Bid For Office And Now She S Wondering If Her Loyalty Is MisplacedLonging For The Support, Advice, And Tough Love They Once Shared, All Four Resolve To Start Meeting Up Again After All, Their Dreams May Still Be Within Reach But Are They Worth The Price They Ll Pay To Achieve Them This will be a 3 star rating for me Im perfectly Happy tells the story of four college friends who at what would be the prime happy times of their lives realize that they aren t.Raina, Kara, Nikki and Sienna all seem to have what society says you should have when you re a certain age A man, A career, Kids, A home and financially good meaning you should be sitting on savings but as we see in our current situations, many people even the ones that say the always did don t have said saving This will be a 3 star rating for me Im perfectly Happy tells the story of four college friends who at what would be the prime happy times of their lives realize that they aren t.Raina, Kara, Nikki and Sienna all seem to have what society says you should have when you re a certain age A man, A career, Kids, A home and financially good meaning you should be sitting on savings but as we see in our current situations, many people even the ones that say the always did don t have said savings Anyways, these ladies thought the lives they were living was good and it is but what about that pact they made in college The one where they said they would keep each other accountable for the dreams and goals they wanted to achieve And for the most part they have or did but life interrupts and sometimes you have to walk a different path Our lady friends realize that maybe taking that left instead the right wasn t what they planned and they decide to keep each other accountable again but going down the right road is bumpy and unsure.Let me start off saying that I loved the complexities of the friendship between the women in this story I enjoyed the fact that the author wrote their relationship as sometimes complicated Everything isn t rainbow and sunshine Even with you good girlfriends so it was good to see ladies in Im Perfectly Happy were the kind of friends that would be good with each other one day and maybe not so much the next But they were always on their grown woman enough to call each other out on each other s AND their own bullshit.Now, the plot or makings of this story was what would be for me is the typical meat and bones of women s fiction Four women whom for all intents and purposes should be happy but they for whatever reasons aren t, realize they aren t and are then tasked with figuring out how to get to towards their set goals while navigating the obstacles in life the author gives them What works in Im Perfectly Happy is that each character is just that imperfect messy and downright human For me, all four of these women are women that I knew or know Shit, if I m being honest these four women are me We sacrifice so much of ourselves for men, for our families, for our friends for fucking life and we forget about US We forget about what we want what makes us happy We are always settling because society tells us that settling is expected, it is what we are supposed to be happy about The ladies in this story while battling addiction, cheating men, generational curses, and so so muchwhile working healing through and getting through to achieve the lives they were meant to live.So I gave ya ll all that up there and you re probably wondering or not why only 3 stars Even though there was so much to love about Im Perfectly Happy, I do feel that there were some forced conversation, issues that I also feel like folks think Black people want to see talked about in books And for the most part we do BUT for me, I want to see the issues done in atrue free flowing way Not some forced thing that publishers are shoving downwards I m not going to go all in because I don t want to take away from the much needed healing this book offers its readers Sooo, job well done Ms Sharina Harris I look forward to readingof your work.I say read it and add it to your physical library Set in Atlanta and focused on four women who ve been friends since university, Harris has created a story that displays the best qualities of friendship and support, even when we aren t being our best selves in every situation Four women with vastly different views on how the world should work for them, and goals that may have seemed unobtainable after choices dampened some of the resolve and options wide open some ten years earlier, there is something for everyone to relate to here From dr Set in Atlanta and focused on four women who ve been friends since university, Harris has created a story that displays the best qualities of friendship and support, even when we aren t being our best selves in every situation Four women with vastly different views on how the world should work for them, and goals that may have seemed unobtainable after choices dampened some of the resolve and options wide open some ten years earlier, there is something for everyone to relate to here From dreams passed over in favor of another choice, to fear of moving forward, grief, infidelities, relationship struggles and truly finding their lost mojo that was forefront and loud when leaving school, we see each character go through struggles, changes, challenges and self examination from learning to deal with grief, to finding your own purpose, even things as simple as redefining a marriage or finding a new job that doesn t wear on a daily basis Stay at home mum and frustrated singer Nikki, Radio Host Raina, grief stricken Kara and lawyer Sienna all have challenges and choices thrown in their path the beauty of this story is the way in which they tackle those choices and challenges, and find strength, course corrections and camaraderie within the friend group The voices and the characters are compelling and universal the beauty of diversity in fiction highlights BOTH the differences and similarities, and allows readers to vicariously experience a situation or circumstance that may be similar to their own, or very different but compelling in the way the character attacks the problem Harris has cracked a window into a secret that many readers just instinctively know and that everyone should experience We arealike than different, it s simply the circumstances and appearances that make us different And, despite those differences, we can all learn from one another, as we are developing a new view of the world and people around us I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review I was not compensated for this review all conclusions are my own responsibility Review first appeared at I am, Indeed Four best friends since college had dreams of what they wanted to do in life.They decided to go after what they wanted Now in their forties they have realized they haven t done anything, they wanted to do, life happened You know the saying better later than never, well that what they decided Go on this journey with these four ladies getting just what they wanted They loved each other, held each other and was also their for each other and held each other accountable to go after what they want Four best friends since college had dreams of what they wanted to do in life.They decided to go after what they wanted Now in their forties they have realized they haven t done anything, they wanted to do, life happened You know the saying better later than never, well that what they decided Go on this journey with these four ladies getting just what they wanted They loved each other, held each other and was also their for each other and held each other accountable to go after what they wanted Being a woman in my forties and going after dreams that I never wanted, this book made me feel I can do this and its never to late This is a new author for me and I m here for the long haul with her If you dont read anything this year, make sure you read this When four college friends formed the Brown Sugarettes Mastermind Group, they had very different goals but matched each other in ambition Yet ten years later they can t help wondering what happened to the hopeful, confident, driven women they used to be and how to getthem back Lost and now found or so they say but this was truly an epic adventure full of interesting dilemmas, twisty turns, and some major drama.It s all about following one s heart, not giving up, and not going along to get a When four college friends formed the Brown Sugarettes Mastermind Group, they had very different goals but matched each other in ambition Yet ten years later they can t help wondering what happened to the hopeful, confident, driven women they used to be and how to getthem back Lost and now found or so they say but this was truly an epic adventure full of interesting dilemmas, twisty turns, and some major drama.It s all about following one s heart, not giving up, and not going along to get along.Be unique Be driven Be passionate.A great read about these 4 college friends that uncover the truth about all life has to offer.Thank you to Sharina, the pub, NetGalley, and Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review Unfortunately this story didn t hold my interest I had to force myself to finish it The book follows four friends who are in their 30 s and who all, for different reasons, have stopped pursuing their dreams They make a promise to one another to start pursuing their passions again and agree to hold each other accountable The book is broken up into 5 months and each friend gets her own dedicated chapter for every month In these chapters we are given snapshots of what was going on in the chara Unfortunately this story didn t hold my interest I had to force myself to finish it The book follows four friends who are in their 30 s and who all, for different reasons, have stopped pursuing their dreams They make a promise to one another to start pursuing their passions again and agree to hold each other accountable The book is broken up into 5 months and each friend gets her own dedicated chapter for every month In these chapters we are given snapshots of what was going on in the characters lives at the time The way the book was written prevented the reader from fully learning who each of the characters were and the little snapshots we were given made some of them completely unlikable to me And of course by the end everything was wrapped up in a perfect bow for each of them The message of the book was about finding happiness In my opinion it s easy to be happy when everything you want turns out perfectly for you in the end and in some cases even better than they originally dreamed It would have been nice to see them find happiness even if everything didn t turn out exactly the way they wanted Romance Friend supporting friends Dreams, struggles This book has everything for a modern story of love. I liked the premise but felt the journey was sometimes a bit doubtful The characters were a bit one dimensional I kept reading because I was fascinated with the plot but there was too much going on without any depth A lot of telling vs showing in the writing style. ImPerfectly Happy by Sharina Harris is a wonderful storyline revolving around 4 female college friends, who are still friends 10 years after graduation When life creates chaos for each of them, they resume their weekly get together to help each other get back on track on dreams and goals that have become sidetracked over the years.This was a fun enjoyable story, and I really like all four of these wonderful ladies that have a bond many of us wish for.Raina She hates her job as a radio personal ImPerfectly Happy by Sharina Harris is a wonderful storyline revolving around 4 female college friends, who are still friends 10 years after graduation When life creates chaos for each of them, they resume their weekly get together to help each other get back on track on dreams and goals that have become sidetracked over the years.This was a fun enjoyable story, and I really like all four of these wonderful ladies that have a bond many of us wish for.Raina She hates her job as a radio personality giving out advice Raina is also having issues with her significant other, who wants to get married, but she having grown up with family problems, isn t sure if she is ready Raina s goals back in the day was to be an author, and use some of her experiences to create this novel But she has not had time, needing to stay on her job to make money, and now isn t sure if Cam, will still want to marry her when she is ready.Kara She is a wine connoisseur, and though being pressured to take the test that will certify her, Kara hesitates to try again, as she fears that she will fail once again Kara is married to Darren, and her self esteem is already low, when she discovers that he is not sure if he really truly knows what love really is.Sienna She is a lawyer, who also helps out her fianc e, Keith, also a lawyer, who is running for office Kara s goals were to become a campaign manager or run for office herself in the future When she catches Keith with another women, all hell literally breaks out, with the help of her friends This was a fun part Sienna will meet Chris, her campaign manager, and soon to be lover, who will help her make an attempt to run for office.Nikki She is a housewife, with two children and her husband James Nikki always loved entertaining, as she has a wonderful voice Her friends push her to try to resume the dream she always had and sing again, with help from her mom and husband to give her a chance As she joins a band, she does go away for a couple of months to successfully start her singing career, but also picks up old habits drinking , not to mention her husband s displeasure of her being away so long What follows is a wonderful story line, with each of the ladies having their own POV I loved their friendship, and how they encouraged each other to rise up and take control of their lives Sharina Harris manages to pull on our emotions throughout laughter, tears, sadness, fear, love and anger.ImPerfectly Happy was a great read, with a fantastic group of friends, who were supportive throughout This was a fun, sweet and emotional story that was very well written by Sharina Harris.BarbThe Reading Cafe


About the Author: Sharina Harris

Sharina Harris earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University After college, she pursued a career in digital marketing and public relations Although her profession required writing, she decided to pursue a career in writing in 2012.Sharina s contemporary romance series under the pen name, Rina Gray, was named Book Riot s 100 Must Read Romantic Comedies When Sharina s not writing, she can be found with her head stuck in a book, rooting for her favorite NBA teams, and spending time with friends and family Sharina resides in Atlanta with her husband and son Visit her at SharinaHarris.com.


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