This book is a GREAT beach/summer read.  Four women have nothing in common but their addresses – a village of beach cottages on land called Happiness Key in Florida.  Tracy received the land from her ex-husband, who was currently in prison for some shady business dealings.  Tracy, who was used to a wealthy lifestyle, now supported herself with rent from the cottages as well as working and directing in a recreation center.  Wanda is the oldest of the group and married to a policeman.  She bakes amazing pies and as a result of being laid off opens her own pie shop.  She acts as the mom of the group.  Janya a young Indian-American woman is trying to get pregnant, but her husband seems disinterested.  The last of the foursome is Alice who lives with her young granddaughter.  A newcomer joins them with a mysterious past and then Tracy’s husband appears suddenly released from prison in California, which raises many questions.  These five women worked together, supported each other, and considered each other friends – an unlikely group!

I always enjoy stories which include groups of women as friends and support systems.  Throw a few mysteries to be solved into the mix and I’m in heaven!  This book meets those criteria.  It is a little bit long – 560 pages, but on the beach – or your patio/deck with a glass of ice tea or diet coke, the pages will fly by quickly.  There are some surprise twists throughout which make this book a page turner.  The characters are interesting and likeable, and because they are of varying ages everyone can relate to somebody.  Give it a try this summer.

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3 Responses to “Fortunate Harbor by Emilie Richards”

  1. Yvonne Says:

    This sounds like my kind of book. I enjoy stories that have groups of women too.

  2. Rebecca Booth Says:

    I love reading Emilie Richards books. I Have Read Wedding Ring, Endless Chain, Lover’s Knot, Sister’s Choice, and Whiskey Island.I also enjoy stories which include groups of women as friends and support systems with mystery included. The Review of Fortunate Harbor wets my appetite for a great summer read.

  3. Juju Says:

    Awesome review. Sounds perfect for the summer 🙂

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