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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
“Happy is fishing, boating, running, volleyball, cooking, dancing, playing the piano, gardening…as long as you remember it is.” Two Years of Heaven: Rekindled Stories of Happiness by JoAnn Fastoff is a different kind of memoir. Instead of just one person’s story, the book is filled with short stories of many people’s happiest memories from the best two years of their lives.
Two Years of Heaven made me think. If I had the choice of reliving the best two years of my life over and over again, I would take it in a heartbeat. I really liked that Fastoff created this unique book. The story that I connected with the most was the story that Glenda told about traveling with her mother and stopping everywhere they wanted to. This story brought back my own happy memories of taking a road trip with my mother and also stopping everywhere we wanted to. One other thing I liked was that the book included pictures of places with a short explanation of the history. Many of the pictures are from the area I live in or places I have visited. I liked seeing the places through the eyes of another and knowing they too have memories there.
There are few books that can leave a reader with the feeling of peace and happiness once finished. Two Years of Heaven does just this. It also makes the reader remember their own happy memories. Fastoff has done a great job with this book. The world needs less negativity and more happiness in it. I recommend this quick read for anyone who needs their spirits lifted or needs to be reminded what happiness is. I loved this book!