Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fortune Cafe by Julie Wright, Melanie Jacobson, and Heather B. Moore Review/Tour/Giveaway

Fortune Cafe Tour

Fortune Cafe  The Fortune Café
a novel in three parts

MIS-FORTUNE: Emma, a waitress at The Fortune Café will do anything to avoid opening a fortune cookie. Each fortune is rumored to somehow magically come true. Being a girl grounded in reality, she doesn’t have time for that kind of nonsense. But when trying to prevent a food fight at the café, Emma accidently cracks open a fortune cookie: “Look around, love is trying to catch you.” If there is one thing that Harrison, her former best friend in high school is good at, it’s catching her unaware.

 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?

My Review: I have a love-hate relationships with these types of books--I enjoy every minute of them and love each story, but I hate that they come to an end. I can't choose a favorite either! Bringing together three fabulous authors, who each write a fantastic story that stands all on its own, yet has some common threads to the other stories in the book is a fabulous concept!

The Fortune Cafe is a Chinese restaurant in a beach town in CA where the first fortune read comes true. In the first story, Mis-Fortune, Emma is a waitress at the restaurant and is reunited with an old high school friend--one of her best friends, Harrison. Emma has a lot on her plate because she's trying to follow her dreams, take care of a very ill mother, and work to make ends meet. I love the way Emma knows what she wants and where her duty lies. She works hard to be successful in all aspects of her life and tries to hold everything together. My favorite part was the crazy lady throwing food...and a tantrum. I love how hard Harrison works to help out. His family is so kind and accepting and he's the same way.

Love, Not Luck is a darling story about Lucy who is lucky in everything, until her necklace breaks while she was in The Fortune Cafe. She finds Stella, who is a jeweler, to fix it. Carter, her neighbor, is truly someone who sees life as a glass half full. I loved how he was able to find something good and to be grateful for in everything. Lucy comes to realize a few things about herself with his help.

Takeout is the story of Stella, the jeweler. With a diabetic mom, she often gets takeout for dinner at work and The Fortune Cafe makes the list. Stella is willing to sacrifice to do what she loves and be with who matters most. I love her aunt and Evan is so charming. The connection is so romantic.

These are all great, clean romances and are so much fun! I can't wait to see what comes next on Tangerine Street.

Content: the 2nd story had a few mild expletives; no violence; clean romance.

About the Authors:
JulieW 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.

MelanieJMelanie 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.
HeatherM 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.
Blog Tour Giveaway:
$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 4/30/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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