Happiness is a Shade of Blue

by Venetia Di Pierro

Gloria Grant is madly in love with Lo Ballantyne and with Christmas fast approaching, happiness seems to be life on a Wyoming ranch.

Despite the frost outside, there is warmth inside. Lo is attempting to reinvigorate her career and Gloria is pushing toward her dressage goals.

But then Gloria does something that could jeopardize Lo’s love.

Can dreams come true or will one decision cause an avalanche and bring them crashing down?

Happiness is a Shade of Blue is the highly anticipated sequel to The Lines of Happiness.





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Genre Romance
Length 244 pages
Publication Date January 12, 2023
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642473889e
Editor Heather Flournoy
Cover Designer Kayla Mancuso



"After I finished The Lines of Happiness, one of my friends asked what was next for Lo and Gloria. I knew their romantic relationship was only just beginning and I enjoyed spending time in their world, so I decided to write the next stage of their lives.

About a quarter of the way into the manuscript for Happiness Is A Shade of Blue, writers’ block struck. That same friend, who declared herself not to be creative, rattled off a few plot suggestions. That was enough of a nudge in a new direction to reignite inspiration and the rest flowed organically.

That friend’s name is Sue and that is why Happiness Is A Shade of Blue is dedicated to her."

—Venetia Di Pierro


Della B. - Di Pierro maintains the insightful pathos from her first novel with ease as she delves deeper into the disharmony of love. She creates characters who are fully human with their ticks and shortcomings. Characters who we agonize with and about depending on the moment in the storyline.

Happiness is a Shade of Blue masterfully demonstrates the weightiness of love in all its manifestations. This two-book series is one which I will return to in the future to lose myself in both the writing and the story.

Shelby B. - The first book is a beautiful, tender slow burn that covers grief, self-reflection, and self-discovery. Happiness is a Shade of Blue did not disappoint as a follow up. It sees the two main characters through the beginning stages of their new romance and addresses the difficulties of starting a relationship in somewhat messy circumstances. It is about healing and growth as much as the first book, but this time what it looks like to take those tasks on together. The book addresses the usual new-relationship-insecurities, but it is written about with understanding and grace. One of my favorite things about this book is that it speaks on not only battling depression, but what it means to love someone through it.

The writing is so beautiful and poetic. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a cozy, but meaningful, sapphic romance.

Jo R. - Just like the first book, The Lines of Happiness, the sequel is just as emotional. It tells a story of grief, love, building relationships and moving on. It's a very moving story with bouts of laughter. You'll laugh, but you will also cry. Highly recommend the next instalment, Happiness is a Shade of Blue. I really hope we will see more of these characters.

Betty H. - The author had me on the edge of my seat reading as fast as I could all the way through the book. I was already in love with this couple from the first novel, so it was easy for me to become immersed in this narrative. This is a very complex and complicated tale with lots of highs and lows as well as hurt and angst in the plotline. Believe me, once you start reading, you won’t want to put the book down before you’re finished. Also, keep a box of tissue handy, just in case. I recommend both novels to all romance lovers.

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