It's not often I read 'girly' books, as previous writing might attest. Not that I consciously avoid them, just that they're not often my go-to choice. I have to say though, I did enjoy this. It suddenly struck me about 20 pages from the end, that I felt like I had really been on some kind of journey with Becca, and to lesser extent, Rachel.

Yes I knew what was going to happen, and perhaps in a less than gracious mood, or without such a carefully handled writing style, it might have annoyed me. However, because I was enjoying the journey, it sort of fell by the wayside.

I did fall for Becca and her utter willingness to care for her nephew and nieces. Speaking of which, Mabel, Luke and Scarlet, were just delightful. I seemed to enjoy the hustle and bustle of convivial family life as much as Becca did.

I can't believe this but I haven't read any of Lucy Diamond's previous ten novels, however if they are anything as heart-warmingly sweet as The Secrets of Happiness, I think I might find another few books to add to my ever-growing pile.