This is my newest and shiniest novel and as the title suggests, it’s all about happiness. It tells the story of three different women from very different generations and backgrounds.
Heather is in her twenties and has just moved to Hope Street, close to where her late mother grew up. She is convinced that her forthcoming marriage to fiancé Luke will bring her everything she needs in life, if only she can persuade him to spend less time at work.
Fran is in her early forties and since being widowed two years ago, has done her best to bring up her teenage son, Jude and ten-year-old daughter, Charlie alone, whilst deflecting her own grief with darkly sarcastic wit.
Star-baker and community stalwart, Pamela is in her mid-sixties and is fed up with being taken for granted by her garden-fanatic husband and grown-up children. She’s ready to step out of her comfort zone and try something new.
With these three characters, I wanted to explore how people’s versions of happiness change depending on their age and circumstances and also how different generations learn from one another.
I loved writing this book because it enabled me to return to Hope Street and tell a new and fresh story about friendship, community and how important they are in bringing us happiness. Like most of my books, I aim to make readers laugh and perhaps shed the odd tear. I wholly recommend the addition of your favourite happy-making snack whilst you are reading and above all, I hope you enjoy it.
This is a story which is very close to my heart because it’s all about community, power ballads, unlikely friendships and cake – really, really good cake.
The two main characters, Natalie and Caroline are in desperate need of hope.
Nat’s husband has just said the six words no-one wants to hear – ‘I don’t love you any more’, whilst Caroline’s estranged mother has to move into her house turning her perfectly ordered world upside down. As they come together to form the choir to try and save Hope Street hall, they discover that you often find hope where you least expect it.
What the readers say:
‘This is a wonderful story of hope, friendship, love and finding yourself. I loved it.’
Karen Whittard, Goodreads
‘..it’s about family and friendship, it’s about having faith and strength even when you get knocked down.’
Dash Fan, Goodreads
‘The Choir on Hope Street gave me the belief that those perfect books exist.’
This was my third novel, which came out in 2015. It tells the story of Cat Nightingale, who is something of a reluctant heroine. She loves her job in PR working for Hemingway Media, the company she founded with best friend (and secret love), Jesse Hemingway. She is unapologetically single and child-free and completely happy with her five-star life. When a PR launch ends in disaster, she is forced to step back from her job for a while. This coincides with her beloved brother needing someone to look after his ten-year-old son and six-year-old daughter for the summer. Enter Auntie Cat, childcare rookie, who thinks the whole experience will be a breeze and that she can saunter back to her old life without a care once the storm has passed. She’s in for quite a bumpy ride and a summer that will change her life forever. I loved writing Cat’s story. I liked the idea of a woman who doesn’t want children being thrown into that world. The scenes with Ellie and Charlie were particularly fun to write because they make her see the world in a different, sometimes humorous, but always truthful way. It’s a far cry from her previously ordered existence and a huge shock to the system. Cat is forced to take a step back and look again at her life.
Let’s face it – we all need to do that sometimes.
What the readers say:
‘Thought-provoking yet light, funny and romantic.’
‘I loved the way the book flowed and the clear sense of humour within it.’
‘..would not be out of place sitting beside Sophie Kinsella, Cecelia Ahern and Lindsey Kelk.’
No pressure, but here are some buy links:
This was my first novel published in July 2013 and because I like to spoil you, it’s available as an eBook, paperback and now in French.
You are more than welcome.
The book tells the story of the Darcy sisters – Emma and Rachel. Emma is an editor for a book publisher, about to get married and on the cusp of a very promising career. Rachel is her older sister, married with three children and very much the stay at home Mum. They’re both at very different stages of their lives but are both wondering if this is it or if there is something better out there and when temptation comes their way, things start to go a bit pear-shaped. Throw in an overbearing mother, a genial father, bossy godmother and a crazy Swiss lady called Christa and you’ve got yourself what people tell me is a funny, true and tiny bit heartbreaking novel.
What the readers say (which is basically all that counts):
‘Annie has written one of the best books I have read all year.’
Rebecca from Forever Between The Pages
‘ Annie Lyons created a beautifully written book with heart and soul.’
Robyn from Elder Park Books
‘I thought it was going to be shit but it was really good!’
My friend Sharmini via e-mail
French edition (oo la la) – Amazon France
The Secrets Between Sisters (originally published as Dear Lizzie) was my second novel, published in 2014. It’s the story of two very different but devoted sisters, Bea and Lizzie Harris. Bea is the confident, accomplished one with a brilliant career, loving husband and young son. Lizzie is lonely and alone, estranged from the rest of her family but still in touch with her big sister, who acts as her guide and confidante through life. When Bea dies, Lizzie is devastated but her sister leaves her a parcel containing twelve letters to be opened one a month, for the next year. They contain Bea’s final wishes for her sister; wishes which she hopes will make Lizzie happy but which also contain secrets that will change her life forever.
What the readers say:
‘…I literally could not put it down meaning that virtually nothing else got done as I just had to keep on reading to find out how it would all turn out in the end.’ Sharon from Shaz’s Book Blog
‘Annie Lyons has proven to be a skilled and extremely talented writer with this book, it truly is something special. She hits on so many emotions all at once that you honestly don’t know if you are coming or going.‘
Natalie from The Book Geek Wears Pyjamas ‘
I really enjoyed it dear. Well done.’ My Mum
Buy links (but only if you want to):
This book was also published in French in 2016 – voila!
This is my Christmas novella which sees the Darcy sisters hit New York with their mother Diana and the irrepressible Lily in tow. I wrote this because
a. I love Christmas and
b. I love New York and
c. I love the Darcy family
and thought they deserved a treat so it includes cocktails in Manhattan (with Christa making a star guest appearance), ice-skating in Central Park and a fabulous finale at the Russian Tea-Rooms plus a surprise happy ending for two characters in particular. It’s my Christmas gift to you.
What the readers say:
‘Not Quite Perfect Christmas is a great and festive addition to the wonderful original.’
‘This book has it all for a Christmas short story.‘
‘Read me the funny bits with Lily and Alfie again, Mum.’
Buy links (but only if you’re in a festive mood):
This novella is also available in French and I don’t know about you but I think the cover would look absolutely stunning as Christmas wrapping paper…