Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Can't Wait Wednesday: A Happier Life

Can't Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and helps us spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating!   


A Happier Life by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Pub. Date: June 25, 2024

Goodreads says, "A tender and touching novel about a young woman who discovers the family she has always longed for when she spends a life-changing summer in North Carolina.

Present Keaton Smith is desperate for a fresh start. So when her mother needs someone to put her childhood home in Beaufort, North Carolina, on the market—the home that Keaton didn’t know existed until now—she jumps at the chance to head south. Keaton’s grandparents died in a tragic car accident before she was born, so she’s eager to learn more about the family she never met. But even though she has help from her charming next-door-neighbor, his precocious ten-year-old son, and a flock of endearingly feisty town busybodies, Keaton soon finds that she has more questions than answers.

1976: After meeting her adoring husband Townsend, Rebecca “Becks” Saint James abandoned the life she knew and never looked back. Forty years later, she’s made a name for herself as the best hostess North Carolina has ever seen. Her annual summer suppers have become the stuff of legend, and locals and out-of-towners alike clamor for an invitation to her stunning historic home. But she’s struggling behind the façade. Becks strives to make the lives of those around her as easy as possible, but this summer she is facing a dilemma that even she can’t solve. And as the end of the season looms, she is brought to a decision she never wanted to make.

As both Keaton and Becks face new challenges and chapters, they are connected through time by the house on Sunset Lane, which has protected the secrets, hopes, and dreams of the women in their family for generations. For fans of Summer of ‘69 and The Notebook , Last Summer on Sunset Lane explores the power of family, the bonds of friendship, and the boundless nature of love."


You had me at North Carolina and a life-changing summer. I have really enjoyed Harvey's beach reads in the past and can't wait to read this one....hopefully once the weather is nicer! Let me know what you think in the comments below. 



  1. Looks like a perfect summer read. Hope you love it!

  2. I want to read more from this author, so I'll have to check this one out! Great pick!

    1. Her Peachtree Bluff series was so much fun and great for vacation. I hope you get to read it soon! Thanks for visiting, Angela.

  3. Can’t wait to read this book;!North Carolina and a beach house and family! ❤️ The perfect beach read for me!


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