Welcome to the blog tour fro The Fortune Cafe by Julie Wright, Melanie Jacobson, and Heather B. Moore!
LOVE, NOT LUCK: Lucy has always been lucky . . . until her parents meet her fiancé’s parents at a disastrous lunch at The Fortune Café, and she breaks her lucky jade necklace. Even worse, her fortune cookie reveals that “True love is for the brave, not the lucky.” How is she supposed to read that? She’s always considered it lucky how she met her fiancé. But after breaking her necklace, Lucy’s luck takes a dive. And when her fiancé dumps her, the only person she can turn to is Carter, the unluckiest guy she knows.
TAKEOUT: Stella is content in her new life of taking over her mom’s jewelry shop. No more boyfriend to worry about, and as long as she stays busy, she doesn’t have to dwell on her non-existent love life. When Evan comes into the shop with his young daughter, Stella is charmed. But she is reluctant to complicate her straightforward life, so when she reads her fortune after ordering takeout from The Fortune Café, she completely ignores it. After all, how can a fortune as vague as “Do the thing you fear and love is certain,” apply to her?
Julie Wright started her first book when she was fifteen. She’s written over a dozen books since then, is a Whitney Award winner, and feels she’s finally getting the hang of this writing gig. She enjoys speaking to writing groups, youth groups, and schools. She loves reading, eating writing, hiking, playing on the beach with her kids, and snuggling with her husband to watch movies. Julie’s favorite thing to do is watch her husband make dinner. She hates mayonnaise, but has a healthy respect for ice cream.
Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a sometime blogger who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies and pines after beautiful shoes.
Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author. She writes historical thrillers under the pen name H.B. Moore, her latest is Finding Sheba. Under Heather B. Moore she writes romance and women’s fiction. She’s the co-author of The Newport Ladies Book Club series. Other women’s novels include Heart of the Ocean, The Fortune Café, the Aliso Creek Series, and the Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology Series.
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Romance can be found almost anywhere, and these three stories based around one small cafe prove that. First off is Emma, a girl who is boldly making her way in the world of comics while waitressing at The Fortune Cafe. When she serves an old high school friend, sparks fly. Emma just has to get past the issues in her life first. Next is Lucy, a girl who has lived a charmed life. Everything is going great until she and her future husband meet with their families. When her lucky jade necklace breaks, Lucy's luck starts to go downhill fast. With the help of her smart neighbor, Lucy has to get past a nasty break-up. Finally there's Stella. She dropped out of school to help take care of her ailing mother and run their jewelry shop. When a handsome stranger and his daughter drop into her life, Stella starts to believe that there may be such a thing as good fortune after all.
If you're looking for three quick, fun, and clean romances, look no further. Romance isn't always one of my favorite genres, but I was intrigued by the premise of these three stories. I was not let down. I particularly loved Emma and her outlook on life. She was taking what seemed like a "lazier" way to some, dropping out of college and working as a waitress and pursuing her passion in art and comics. The struggles she had with her mentally ill mother seemed all to real. What a hard situation. I was so happy when Harrison just wanted to help this girl who had helped him so many times.
One of the things that always bothers me about romance stories is that I feel like they throw in unneeded obstacles to keep our destined pair apart. I particularly enjoyed Emma's and Lucy's stories for seemingly avoiding that. Emma was able to talk through everything with Harrison, while Lucy's obstacle was more herself and her need to establish a life and routine for herself. I felt like Stella's was a little more stereotypical in that respect. Overall though these were fun reads. I read them very quickly and found myself not wanting to put the book down. They are perfect reads for relaxing and having a great time. You'll feel like you're among friends at The Fortune Cafe.
Book provided for review.
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