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"Trista Sutter has written a breezy, warm and friendly reminder about the power and benefits of gratitude.  And I'm grateful that she did!"—Tom Bergeron, Host, Dancing with the Stars

 

“As a mommy of four, it is so important for me to teach my children to live their lives with a grateful heart.  I thank Trista, my fellow mom-ista, for all the tips, stories, and research on how to do that.  It's also a great reminder for us parents too!”—Tori Spelling, actress and bestselling author

 

“We call Trista the ‘godmother’ of The Bachelor franchise for a reason. She stands for everything that's good about our show and life—and that shines through in her book. After reading Happily Ever After, I’m even more proud to call her my friend.”—Chris Harrison, Host, The Bachelor

 

“As a two-time cancer survivor and co-founder of the charity organization, Grassroot Soccer, I know the undeniable value of gratitude.  Whether you are giving or receiving, Happily Ever After shows us what I have come to accept as truth--in order to fully live a happy life, you must acknowledge the gifts that life has to offer and be thankful for all of them...big and small.”—Ethan Zohn, 2002 winner of Survivor

 

“This book is a wonderful reminder that in everything we do we should give thanks.  From the beautiful life-changers to the everyday little things to the struggles that break us down, EVERYTHING is a gift and it's important for us to acknowledge that.”—Ali Landry, actress and model, and Miss USA 1996

 

 “Happily Ever After is profound, passionate and practical. These stories of gratitude will move, inspire and touch you—you will not be able to live your life the same way.”—Lee M. Brower, Founder, Empowered Wealth, LC, Business Family Coach, author, speaker, and featured teacher on gratitude in the book and movie, The Secret

 

“Trista is someone who exudes light and joy, and I'm grateful that she's harnessed some of that for this uplifting, full-of-healthy-tidbits book about the importance and fun of having an optimistic view of the world. Thanks, Trista!”—Kimberly Williams-Paisley, actress



Ciao Bella, November 2013
“A wonderful holiday read!”


Babble.com, 11/27/13
“Part autobiography, part self-help book…If you could use a heartwarming read or a reminder of how we can all live with gratitude, take a read of Happily Ever After.”


Examiner.com, 12/2/13

“Sutter has such a positive outlook on life and she reflects that in this book.”

MacaroniKid.com, 12/3/2013

“The anecdotes woven through the book feel real and sincere…In a world of over-indulged and self-serving celebrities, it’s nice see someone who knows how good they have it and is willing to share her feelings openly.”


BookViews blog, 12/31/2013

“I have no doubt this book could help someone hoping their dream of lasting love come true and wondering, perhaps, why it hasn’t yet.”


WebProNews.com, 1/4/14

“[A] heart-warming book.”


DesireeHartsock.com, 1/9/2014

“Trista’s optimism and passion for life is an inspiration for all and her new book Happily Ever After will inspire you to see each day with a different perspective. From her own experience to related research, this book with take you on a journey of what it means to have a grateful heart and how that can lead to happiness.”


St. Louis Post Dispatch1/26/14

“The book is frank and personal.”


WomanAroundTown.com, 1/26/14

“[Sutter] writes in a breezy, casual fashion, which mirrors her sunny personality.”


MountainDiva.net, 1/29/14

“Serves as a powerful reminder for the important role gratitude plays in our lives, as guided by Trista’s own engaging spirit.”

San Francisco Book Review, 2/3/14
“The first part of the book is helpful and cheery reading… [Sutter] presents common sense and helpful advice for looking on the bright side of life…A good read for her fans.”

Kick Ass Book reviews, 1/29/14
“Trista is just as sweet on paper as she is on the television screen…Trista honestly makes you love her more than you already did as she shares her personal struggles…You’ll walk away feeling grateful for the reminder of what’s really important in life.”

Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate, 2/23/14
“An easy-to-read book, and it would make a good gift for anyone who wants a relaxing read that is filled with fun ideas to make life your own happily ever after.”

About the Author


Trista Sutter has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Parade, People, Good Housekeeping, EOnline.com, and Babble.com, and on shows such as The Tonight Show, Oprah, and 20/20. She has been a correspondent for Good Morning America, Extra, and Miss America; a spokesperson; a blogger; and a celebrity dancer on Dancing with the Stars. Currently a work-at-home mom, and designer for her Grateful Heart Collection with Glory Haus, she lives near Vail, Colorado, with her family.
www.TristaSutter.com
@TristaSutter
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; First Edition edition (November 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738216658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738216652
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HAPPILY EVER AFTER – The Life Changing Power of a Grateful Heart by Trista Sutter is definitely one of my favorite books of 2013. This is not only because I love Trista and have followed her and Ryan since she appeared on The Bachelorette in 2002, but because she is such an inspiration. Happily Ever After is not only filled with stories of grace, thoughtfulness, and thankful words, but has bits and pieces of their life mixed in including poems and letters she received from Ryan (my favorite: “Why Socks?”). Throughout the book, she encourages you to be grateful for even the smallest of blessings in life including “socks.” Fantastic and encouraging read. Highly recommended. Received courtesy of Net Galley.
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I got the feeling this was a promotion for The Bachelor and Bachelorette franchise. In addition to it being one quote after another of someone else's published words. While she gave credit to those people I found the constant repetition to be annoying. When speaking of the Sutter children she called them "my" kids but spoke of conceiving as "we" got pregnant. I think Trista is not ready for her time in front of the camera to be over. She loved the limelight and still seeks it. This book seemed to be an effort in that direction. She clearly desires more than a fireman's wages can afford.

The biggest message I got from the book is that she buried herself in debt for a college education which included joining a sorority. And she still speaks of debt after a contract that paid them big money to have a televised wedding.

I hope her next book will be about how she and Ryan lived within their means and happily ever after. Perhaps she needs to contact Dave Ramsey?

I think this book will be embraced by the high school and college age readers more than anyone else. For an older reader, it was not one I found hard to put down or experiences that seemed all that challenging in the big picture of life...especially for someone who has lived through a tremendous number of challenges.
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Another book by a reality star that contains very little info that many of us couldn't have written. Am happy that a friend allowed me to read it so I didn't have to buy it. What puzzles me about her, and other reality stars, is that she writes about being grateful for the "little things in life" , but I truly believe that when their savings get low, they feel the need to write another book. Trista, you married a fireman. Get a grip. Your days in the lime-light should be over IF indeed you are living "happily ever after." Buying this book is a total waste of money.
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I've never really been a big watcher of "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette," but I saw this book in my library and decided "why not?" It was interesting for the first few chapters, but quickly became repetitive. I found myself skipping portions of chapters, since she told the same stories in multiple chapters. I also didn't like how she kept writing "as so-and-so-said" and quoting someone else. That was in every chapter, and it got very annoying.

Another negative, for me, was how she kept telling the stories of other people I mean, it's her book, why not tell more of her own stories about why she's so grateful, rather than telling someone else's story, even if she finds them inspiring? The book just didn't seem to come together as a whole at all, and seemed very disjointed. I'm not even sure what kind of a book she was trying to write with this, a self-help or biography- then again, I'm not even sure she even knew what she was going for! It's great that she's so grateful about things in her life, but this book was just not for me.
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I couldn't wait to read this book. I have watched The Bachelor and The Bachelorette for years and I thought this book would be more about Trista and Ryan, their life together, children, etc. Now she did talk about her family but there were so many quotes from other people that I felt like I was reading a book of quotes. Trista had some good ideas about gifts, thank you notes, showing gratitude which is wonderful but the book just wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I got to the point where as I turned each page, I knew there would be at least one, in some cases, multiple quotes by someone else, on the next page. As a fan of Trista and Ryan on The Bachelorette, I watched their wedding, read about the birth of each of their children and was happy for them. I guess I was just expecting more personal stories, less quotes from others.
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I have never met Trista and like many others have only come to know a little about her from seeing her journey on the Bachelorette. In seeing her down to earth, caring personality and the love she has for her family through interviews etc.I was SO excited to read her first book Filled with so many touching stories, and wonderful advice I HIGHLY recommend this book for yourself and also as a wonderful gift for someone you love. I read the entire book, on a 4 hour plane trip..it was THAT good! You not only get to get a small glimpse into her everyday family life and the love that her and Ryan share for each other and their children, but it is filled with touching stories, some that will bring tears to your eyes, and hints for all of us to incorporate into our lives. For example: to never take a moment of this life for granted, to everyday let those you love, know it in small ways just how much they mean to you , and to forever be grateful for this life. Trista's outlook, and love for life, is truly contagious and validates that if you try to look for the positive, even when times are at their hardest , you will not only get through it, but will be stronger for it. In reading her book, you truly can find your Happily Ever After too.
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