Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books to Read if You’re After a Happy Ending

This is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and Bookish!

It’s been a couple of weeks since I did a TTT. Mostly because I was busy, but also because I wasn’t entirely sure what I could bring to the previous two topics (though I did enjoy reading other people’s lists!).

Now, seeing as this week is a freebie, I’ve been pretty excited for it for weeks! I’m really excited to see what other people will come up with as well. For me, I’m going to be looking at ten books with happy endings! Because sometimes all you need is a book that you know is going to have a fantastic, warm, happy ending.

WARNING: Potential spoilers ahead!

1. Dinner at Roses by Danielle Hawkins

I love, love, loved this book when I read it in 2012 and it is absolutely one of my favourite books ever. I recommend it to people all the time! Basically the main character moves back home to New Zealand from Australia when her partner cheats on her with her best friend. She moves in with her great Aunt in a rural New Zealand town and amazing cute, country town shenanigans ensue. There’s a truly wonderful love interest, hilariously quirky characters and a bit of drama. AND IT HAS THE BEST ENDING EVER.

2. The Tea Chest BY Josephine Moon

This book was adorable. I mean, just look at that cover! How could it not be wonderful? I particularly liked this as I really enjoy British chick lit, and this was set mostly in England but written by an Australian and involving several Australian characters. It had the most wonderful, amazing, gorgeous ending. I’m still on a high from reading it a couple of weeks ago.

3. Any historical romance ever. e.g. Candace Camp

So I discovered historical romance novels when I was in Canada in 2012. I spent a few dreary, rainy days in Vancouver library ploughing through some great novels. Candace Camp was the author of several of these. Her novels are especially great because they’re set in Georgian/Victorian periods, have some great romances as well a bit of mystery. They tick all the boxes for books Imogen likes to read. And they always have super happy endings :)

4. The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

I know I keep bringing this book up, but I seriously loved it. It all ended exactly how I wanted it to :) I do love YA contemporary/romance novels for that reason!

5. Losing It by Cora Carmack

This cover makes me cringe every time. Which is such a shame because this book was amazing. It had just the ending I wanted, with the right type and amount of complications and resolutions :) I LOVED IT. Am currently reading the second book in the series, which is just as good – if not maybe better?! More on that soon!

6. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

This was one of my favourite books from last year. It had a really interesting way of wrapping up – I loved it!


7. Austenland  by Shannon Hale

I’ve mentioned this book a few times too, but it’s just so lovely! It was clever, funny and sweet. All things I enjoy! It had a super cute (if unrealistic) ending that I adored.


8. Don’t Want to Miss a Thing Jill Mansell

Remember how I said I love British chick lit? Well, this is a great example. I love Jill Mansell, but this was the first of her books that I read and it remains my favourite. The name is a bit silly and doesn’t really mean anything, but you can trust Jill to give you a great read with a lovely, quaint ending. I adore her writing!

9. Any Meg Cabot book. E.g. the Boy series.

Reading any Meg Cabot books makes me the happiest person in the world. She’s just the best! But I particularly love this series – it’s written through email! I love a good letter/email exchange book. I think this was also one of the first of her adult books that I read and I’ve read it several times. I adore it every time!

10. Any Gail Carson Levine book. e.g. Ella Enchanted, Ever or Fairest.

I’ve read a few of Gail Carson Levine’s books but I think Fairest was my favourite. Either way, they’re all based on fairy tales, so you’re guaranteed a happy ending! They always have the loveliest covers too!



  1. May 27, 2014 / 4:43 PM

    Ooh, Austenland looks cool. I’m definitely going to have to have a look at that one, as I like Shannon Hale’s other books. And Gail Carson Levine’s books are all amazing. (Also, another Imogen! You have no idea how happy that has made me.)

    • May 29, 2014 / 7:10 PM

      I cannot express how excited I was to see a comment from a fellow Imogen!! There aren’t too many of us! :)
      I actually bought Austenland on DVD just this afternoon. I have read that it has some major differences from the book, but I’ll give it a go. The book is FANTASTIC! I highly recommend it! It’s a great Austen-themed book. xx
      (Imogen’s! Yay!)

  2. May 27, 2014 / 5:11 PM

    I love this topic! My favorite contemporary are the cute ones that you just know are going to end happily like a good Rom Com or a Disney movie! =)

  3. May 27, 2014 / 7:16 PM

    Fantastic list. I’m reading The Art of Lainey soon and I can’t wait! :-)

    • May 29, 2014 / 7:12 PM

      Thanks! It really was super great – I hope you like it! xx

  4. May 28, 2014 / 2:47 AM

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about Attachments and will probably read that soon. Dinner at Rose’s does sound good too, that would probably be a good gift book! Nice list.

    • May 29, 2014 / 7:14 PM

      Attachments was wonderful! It was also partially written in email which I loved, and mostly from the man’s POV, which is quite rare for a contemporary romantic book. It was so great :) I absolutely agree about Dinner at Rose’s being a gift book! I have gifted it to both my mum and my boyfriends mum and they loved it! xx

  5. May 28, 2014 / 3:56 AM

    I do love a good, happy ending – something you probably wouldn’t expect if you met me in real life. I’ve been hearing a lot of good stuff lately about Fairest and Gail Carson Levine so I just might have to give that book a shoot.

    My TTT

    • May 29, 2014 / 7:15 PM

      Haha, happy endings really are the best :) Gail Carson Levine is fantastic. They’re normally quite a short read too, which can be nice. Her writing is brilliant – she always does such a wonderful fairy tale retelling :) xx

  6. May 28, 2014 / 9:07 AM

    I love this list! I adore a good happy ending and I’ve only read 1 (Attachments – agree about the great ending) so I’ve got 9 new books to find. Thanks for sharing!

    • May 29, 2014 / 7:17 PM

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it! :) There is nothing worse than a bad ending. If you like Attachments like I did I hope you enjoy the others too! Happy reading ;) xx

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