Life is good for Diane, she's happily married to Colin, with
the joy of their dearest daughter, Clara, now almost 5 years
old to complete her family. That all changes in a swift
moment when their lives
are taken in a terrible truck accident. Now a year later
Diane is a recluse cut off from all communication with
friends and family. Her gay friend, Felix, visits and nags
her to return to the "land of the living" every day to no
avail. He helps her in her Paris literary book shop, HAPPY
PEOPLE READ AND DRINK COFFEE. But Diane has no interest in her
shop now. She just wants to be alone, mired in grief,
sleeping, crying and remembering.
One day, Diane, while thinking of Colin, recalls he
always wanted to visit Ireland. She finds a map of
Ireland, and studies it. She indiscriminately stabs at a
location. It is a small coastal town called Mulranny.
Suddenly that is where she wants to be. She packs up, says
goodbye to her family, who are livid, and Felix who wants to
go along but is understanding when she refuses his company.
Arriving at her rented cottage retreat, it more than meets
her needs. It is quiet and peaceful. Close to the sea and
town with a pub, there is one neighbor, who is not currently
in residence. Diane finds it easy to return to her
solitude. Jack and Abby, the owners, welcome her but she is
wary and prefers to be alone. When she meets Edward, her
attractive next door neighbor, who is also a loner, he is
rude, abrasive and ignores her. He is a photographer who
comes and goes. His dog, Postman Pat, immediately becomes
her pal and follows her everywhere. When Edward asks her to
pet-sit his dog, she agrees. Slowly they become semi-friends
so when Edward invites Diane to accompany him to the
Aran Islands for three days where he is heading to take
photographs in his favorite place, she accepts. Their time
in the islands brings them closer and a romance begins. It
when they return to Mulranny that life intrudes and causes
HAPPY PEOPLE READ AND DRINK COFFEE is presently in
development for a feature film that I eagerly await. Ms.
Agnes Martin-Lugand takes us on a sensitive journey to a
lovely location where Diane grapples with her loss, and
what she must do to move forward. I found it to be a sad
story and the ending to me is even sadder. I do believe
this is not the end of Diane's quest for love and happiness
and I look forward to the next chapter in her life. HAPPY
PEOPLE READ AND DRINK COFFEE is a
great read but would be even better with my happy ending.
Merci beaucoup, Ms. Martin-Lugard.
Diane seems to have the perfect life. She is a wife, a
mother, and the owner of Happy People Read and Drink Coffee,
a cozy literary cafe in Paris. But when she suddenly loses
her beloved husband and daughter in a tragic car accident,
the world as she knows it instantly vanishes.
Trapped and haunted by her memories, Diane retreats from
friends and family, unable and unwilling to move forward.
But one year later, Diane shocks her loved ones and makes
the surprising decision to move to a small town on the Irish
coast, finally determined to heal and rebuild her life
alone—until she meets Edward, the attractive yet taciturn
Irish photographer who lives next door.
At first abrasive and unwelcoming, Edward initially resents
Diane’s intrusion into his life of solitude . . . until he
can no longer keep her at arm’s length, and they fall into a
surprising and tumultuous romance. But will it last when
Diane leaves Ireland, and Edward, for the home she once ran
away from in Paris?
At once heartbreaking and uplifting, Diane’s story is deeply
felt, reminding us that love remembered is love enduring.