Life’s Gateway to Happiness, The Show Me Series: Book Two by Anne Stone

For me, any story that forces you to turn the next page and drives you to the end to see how it ends up is a good one. This book does just that. It was a smooth sailing kind of love story that lulls you away from you predictable life. (I read this one a road trip, and after awhile, all the trees look alike). The author does an excellent job of slowly developing this story, so the reader feels invested in the characters and the plot line. The male love interest was certainly an incredible Knight in shining armor and a strong foil for the female lead. This is book two in the series. I have not read book one, but I feel like this one certainly serves well as a stand alone. There was nothing I didn’t understand because I had not read the first one. I did have a couple of issues with this book. The male dialog seems a little too strained. I do not know many men who talk in long paragraphs. So for me, it felt like a woman trying to talk like a man. I also think the author repeated a lot of details making the story a little longer than it needed to be. However, those two issues did not take away from the story, and I enjoyed the book. This is an author I would like to read more from especially on a cold night when all I want to do is cozy up and enjoy a fire.


Kelly Samuels is dedicated to her career and has received several promotions in her short tenure at Lattice Works. Kelly’s family is shocked when she returns home unemployed and without an explanation.

Alec Alvarez, a pediatrician from a family full of doctors, is focused solely on his career. He’s declared his bachelor status for life and has no desire for love, marriage, or babies. When Alec finds Kelly stuck on the side of a snowy road, neither of them are prepared for the feelings they begin to have for one another.

As Kelly and Alec grow closer, he wants to know why the once happy-go-lucky Kelly is hesitant to his touch, while Kelly just wants to find purpose to her life again. After Kelly tells two conflicting stories as to why she lost her job, Alec steps in to discover what truly happened. Can Kelly come to terms with what happened to her and move on with her life? And can Alec love enough to give-up his bachelorhood status for good?

Life’s Gateway to Happiness is the second book in Anne Stone’s The Show Me series.


Anne Stone was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. but now lives in the cold state of Wisconsin with her faithful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She writes heartfelt sweet contemporary romance and is the author of the Show Me and Williams & Company series. She loves to tell a story and that’s what you’ll definitely get in an Anne Stone novel.

Anne’s degree is in education but has worked in the corporate sector managing a large number of staff. Now, she works from home where part of her day is still spent in the corporate world and the other part is dreaming of her heroes and heroines.

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  1. I’m becoming a fan of book series that can be read as a stand alone. Agree about the male parts, I’ve seen this a lot. Even my husband’s ‘love letters’ aren’t always a paragraph. haha

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