The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck

The Theory of Happily Ever After

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...

Details The Theory of Happily Ever After

TitleThe Theory of Happily Ever After
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Fiction, Christian Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Reviews The Theory of Happily Ever After

  • Jessica
    I received this book for free from the publisher (Revell Books) in exchange for an honest review. Typically I really like chick lit and rom-coms, but I didn’t really like this one. My main issue with this book was the characters. The main character, Maggie, was pretty annoying for the first half of the book. All she would do was complain about her life over and over again. It got way too repetitive. Maggie’s two best friends were annoying too...
  • Maddy
    Ok, this book is adorable. I was a little hesitant about starting it but it didn’t disappoint. This book was so much fun to read and it literally had me laughing out loud at times. I tried to read only a couple chapters at a time so that it would last longer, lol. That’s how much I enjoyed this. I honestly love the idea of having a book being set on a cruise. I mean, how fun is that? Maggie and her two friends definitely all had their own per...
  • Robin Hatcher
    I absolutely adored The Theory of Happily Ever After from first page to last. Billerbeck’s signature humor made me laugh again and again, and her memorable characters stole my heart. Don’t miss this one!
  • Victoria
    Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m done. And that just ruined my view on contemporary books.The Theory Of Happily Ever After, by Kristin Billerbeck. ~_~_~_~_~On Thursday, I got an email from Revell, saying..."You must post your review on The Theory Of Happily Ever After before the 28th, Monday, Or you'll be kicked out of the program"[ didn't exactly say that..... XD] Me: "WHAT!! I HAVEN"T EVEN STARTED IT YET!"So i got down to reading it....
  • Amber Stokes
    The Theory of Happily Ever After is a rom-com about a scientist and bestselling author who's become a tad bit obsessed with rom-coms. If you're looking for a fun all-over-the-place romance that takes some outlandish turns while on a cruise ship out at sea, then this book has got you covered! I confess, there are things I liked and didn't like so much about the nature of this story.While there's a lot of silliness, there are also some sweet and se...
  • Joy
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I have absolutely no clue what I just read. And that's not a good thing. The story line is bland and the characters annoying. From the main character who's complaining got old by chapter one to her best friends who I wouldn't want to hang around with under any circumstances ever.These so-called "Theories" of Happily Ever After are annoying as the main character does absolutely n...
  • Colleen
    I adore Kristin Billerbeck's books, and this book is quintessential Billerbeck! Loved the fun dialogue and the cruise setting. Highly recommend it!
  • Madison
    The Theory of Happily Ever After is a romantic comedy with a hidden, tender heart. Maggie might be a doctor on the science of happiness- and she has a bestseller to prove it- but that doesn’t mean she has all the answers. So when her fiancé leaves her for another woman, she is unsure how to move forward. Overwhelmed with the choices she must now make to direct her future research, resume her employment in the same place as her ex, and finish (...
  • Sarah Monzon
    I’m torn. There were parts of this book I really liked. The premise of it—a science of happiness expert whose still searching for happiness herself—was great. And being in a situation singles cruise had the set up for some funny moments. Also, it’s written in first person and I love that. The problem is that I didn’t love Maggie. I found her annoying at times and repetitive. Kind of wanted to shake her. Wanted to shake her friends, espe...
  • Amanda
    I wanted to love this book and I really thought that I would but unfortunately that was not the case. I love the cover of the book and the setting is a cruise ship which is one of my favorite scenes to read about.The plot was decent…a woman who wrote the book on happiness gets dumped and falls into a slump filled with Hallmark movies and gelato. Her friends convince her to go on a singles cruise, where of course, she meets men. I wasn’t a fan...
  • Kate Campos
    For starters, I will admit that one thing I liked about this book was it discussed the duality of wanting to be a tough, modern woman while also feeling the need to keep secret the fantasies of wanting to be romanced, to be wooed, to fall in love and enjoy it. I admired that big picture effort. However.... I really did not like everything I had to peel back in order to get there, especially since chick lit has never been a top 5 favorite genre fo...
  • Suzie
    Chick Lit has become less rare than a decade ago, but it’s still around. It’s been a few years since Kristen Billerbeck gave us her brand of chick lit, so learning she had a new book coming out, just in time for summer vacations, had me excited. The concept of The Theory of Happily Ever After is interesting. A scientist who wrote a best-selling book about happiness based on research who is anything but happy dragged on a cruise by her two be...
  • Cayla
    Some women are meant to be rescued and romanced. Others, like me, are meant to take notes.Yay, Kirstin Billerbeck is back! I was a little apprehensive about starting this since picking up a new Kristin Billerbeck novel is sort of like meeting your idol from childhood - will it stand the test of time? I adored Billerbeck's novels in high school and since then her books have been hit or miss with me, but this one was definitely a hit. I loved Maggi...
  • MB (What she read)
    Some thoughts at page 135: Friends who talked to me like Maggie's do, or who demonstrated the juvenile lack of respect that hers do would no longer be friends.Just sayin.. .Particularly since they wangled themselves free cruises by riding on her coattail, using her as their cash cow. Without permission, and by coercion, let me point out.I'm really kind of blown away by how inappropriate this behavior is--in an inspirational too!*****After reading...
  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    3/5 stars. Full review to come!
  • V. Palmer
    Kristin Billerbeck, guys. Kristin. Billerbeck. Need I say more? Obviously this novel is pure gold!When I saw that Kristin Billerbeck had a new novel releasing, I piglet squealed! And oh, it was sooo worth the wait!! Kristin Billerbeck is the queen of Chick Lit (seriously, I grovel in awe at her feet), and The Theory of Happily Ever After just solidifies her reign with her signature style that will have you snorting in an undignified manner. Long ...
  • Amy
    The Theory of Happily Ever After was such a fun cute book to read. The concept that the study of happiness is a science and the whole background of being on the singles cruise ship was just a different and enjoyable setting.Dr. Maggie Maguire is the star of the science of happiness except, she is not happy and hasn’t been for some time. She was supposed to get married, but her fiancé has left her and is marrying someone else. So not only her l...
  • Helen
    The Theory of Happily ever after is a fun comedy romance story by Kristin Billerbeck. Dr. Maggie Maguire has written a best seller on finding happiness and is under contract to write a second book. She is dumped by her fiance and co-worker and spend the next couple months at home watching TV. Her friends and publicist book her as a speaker on a “New Year, New You” cruise to the Gulf of Mexico. Her friends have to drag her from her home to get...
  • Laura
    2.5 stars ⭐ I had a love/hate relationship with this book to be completely honest. I think my biggest issue with this book were the characters, unfortunately I felt like most of them were flat and irritating. The main character Maggie complains through the whole book and I mean the whole entire book about her life and has this woe is me attitude that in the beginning was fine but after a while was so repetitive that I simply didn’t care anymo...
  • Doreen
    This book was fun. I laughed out loud long and hard a time or two. Even though Dr. Maggie Maguire is a happiness scientist, she’s not very happy herself, and this makes her wonder if she’s a fraud. Her friends force her to take a singles’ cruise, not telling her she’s the speaker, to get her out of her funk. While her friends do some amazing things for Maggie, at times they are brutally harsh with her. I found that hard to take. The fact ...
  • MJSH
    "Forgetting the pain isn't the answer - feeling the love we had is."Kristin Billerbeck spins a youthful, snarky, aching yet hopeful tale between a down-in-the dumps happiness scientist/researcher Maggie and a brooding contemplative Sam set during a singles cruise to Mexico. It is told in first person present tense from Maggie's perspective, which helps the reader really get into her brain but does lead the plot to slow down at times because Maggi...
  • Andrea Boyd
    Even though I skimmed over some parts because it was SO repetitive, this book made me laugh, it made me want to keep reading, and there were parts of the main character's personality I could relate to.4.5
  • Jessi
    I really liked the premise of this book. Self-help author falls apart, gets forced on a cruise by her friends, finds love hate with the man of her dreams who has Big Secrets. Seemed very similar to Breathing Room which is a favorite I reread fairly often. I wish the description of the book had been a little more explicit that it had Christian overtones. It's fine to read when it's done well but the religious themes were wedged in with a fairly he...
  • Alyssa
    I really enjoyed this book. It was far different than the Christian Romances that I normally read, and that was refreshing. I love mixing up my reading, even if I don't realize I did it until after I started it.This book is inspiring and actually had some great thoughts about how to be happy. I am going to try making them a part of my life. I love when a work of fiction is able to inspire and change your life for the better. This was a really qui...
  • Nicole
    The Theory of Happily Ever After (2018) by Kristin Billerbeck is a standalone Contemporary Christian Romance. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 288 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy six-year old at home, this novel took me two days to read. I received a copy of this novel in eBook form from Revell Publishing via NetGalley. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. All opinions expressed in this ...
  • Erin Henze
    Okay, this from the top, I have to admit that this is one of those guilty pleasure books for me! I read this in a day, and enjoyed almost every second of it. (Except for the parts where I was anxious that the two love interests would not get together.) The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck is the book for you if you are looking for a light-hearted, fun Christian romance.The main character, an intelligent doctor with past traumati...
  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    The Theory of Happily Ever AfterBy Kristin BillerbeckI will start off by saying that this is the first book by Kristin Billerbeck that I have ever read, so I can't compare this work with her previous works. The premise of this story sounded interesting happiness expert dumped by her now ex-fiancé and expected to give a talk about happiness. O'kay sounds like a potential disaster in the making or one of the Hallmark movies that people seem to lov...
  • Sara Wise
    ** “I’d give it all up for the chance to sit still and be. To be still and know that he is God, like the Bible says. To figure out what does make me happy, what my dream is. What does God want from me next?” **Kristin Billerbeck brings another delightful rom-com to the table with “The Theory of Happily Ever After.” Dr. Maggie Maguire is extremely accomplished, yet miserable. She has written a bestselling book about the scientific study ...
  • Raechel
    I love the simplicity and coloring of the cover! It's cute, and gives you a glimpse at the story's theme too. And the story was a fun one. It was a perfect light read that I needed - and humorous! I laughed out loud a couple of times. :D Dr. Maggie Maguire is a happiness-doctor, studying and sharing the science of happiness. But to tell you the truth, she is pretty miserable. Disaster seems to surround her at every turn and the reader definitel...