The fine line between BFF and happily-ever-after…
Tucker Llewellyn and Libby Worth—strictly platonic!—realize they’re each at a crossroads. Tucker is successful, but he wants a wife and kids: the whole package. Libby knows that small-town life has her set in her ways; the tearoom owner needs to get out more.
So they form a pact: Libby will play matchmaker and Tucker will lead her on the adventure she desperately needs. But the electricity Libby feels when they shake on it should be a warning sign. Soon the matchmaking mishaps pile up, and a personal crisis tests Libby’s limits. Will Tucker be there for her as a best friend…or something more?
Thanks so much for having me!
Before I was a writer—although not long before I was a writer—I was a reader. I wasn’t at all prodigy-like—when I entered first grade (no kindergarten then) I was uncertain of my letters and could barely count to 10. I was scared of my teacher and don’t remember all that much about the year.
But I do remember that the first word in the first Dick and Jane book was Look. Within that first paperback reader were other words I can recall: see, oh, come (that one took me a while for some reason), and run. I’m sure there were others, too. Dick, Jane, Sally, Puff, and Tim were names. And the kids called their parents Mother and Father instead of Mom and Dad. (I assumed that was what rich people did.)
And there’s something else I remember from when I was learning those words in that first reader, and the ones in every reader thereafter and every Little Golden Book I could get my hands on. I remember it from later on when I was reading all those words in every library book that was made available to me. I remember that when I was reading, I was happy.
I think it was a pact. Between Louisa May Alcott, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and a whole host of other writers who wrote exclusively for young people. I think they wanted to fill gaps in lives, incite laughter where there wasn’t enough, and provide a psychological hankie to dry tears no one else knew were being shed.
I am still happy when I’m reading.
In The Happiness Pact, Libby and Tucker are best friends from the time they were born twenty-seven minutes apart in the same hospital. They fill in the gaps, laugh together long and loud, and ease each other’s pain as they grow up. On their thirty-fourth birthdays, however, when they would have thought they’d learned all the words in each other’s life books, they find out just how wrong they were. Libby wants adventure and Tucker wants a family.
How they find their answers, and make their dreams come true, is what The Happiness Pact is about. I hope you like their story. I hope reading it makes you happy.
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Liz Flaherty was a little nervous about retiring from her day job, but making quilts, more family time, traveling at the mere mention of “why don’t we go…” and becoming a Harlequin Heartwarming author have made the past years more fun and exciting than she could ever have imagined.
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