After being dumped by her boyfriend and fired from her art gallery job, thirtysomething Page flees New York to live with her brother in Washington, D.C., and lick her wounds.
To fill her days while figuring out her next life move, she begins spending time at the very posh local dog park (she doesn’t have a dog) and quickly meets an array of quirky, yet friendly folks who soon become her inner circle in the new hometown. She even develops a huge crush on one of the dog-dads, whom she calls BR, due to the fact that he looks as if he stepped out of a Banana Republic ad.
Her ultimate dream is to open her own art gallery someday. However, as she gets to know her new friends better, and by using her contacts and knowledge from her gallery job in New York, she realises that owning her own gallery might actually be closer than someday.
Happily Whatever After is a fun, light romantic comedy that was surprisingly hard to put down. With such a colourful cast of characters and a main character so determined and sure of herself, it was fun to watch go-getter Page turn lemons into lemonade. Plus, the ending was just perfect. What more could you ask for in a summer read? (LEK)