Welcome to Tangerine Street
Tangerine Street is a must-see tourist stop with a colorful mix of one-of-a-kind boutiques, unique restaurants, eclectic museums, quaint bookstores, and exclusive bed-and-breakfasts. The Fortune Café, situated in the middle of this charming collection of shops and cafés, is a Chinese restaurant unlike any other because, well, to be honest, the fortunes found in the cookies all come true…
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 accidentally 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?
Sissy: Here’s a novel idea for a novel–three stories in one, all stand-alone but briefly sharing characters and/or locations with the others (especially the Fortune Cafe’), and each story written by a different author. Lucky for you and me, the concept works well! Each story has something to do with the fortunes from the Fortune Cafe’s cookies, and each first fortune comes true (though not perhaps in the way the character first thinks).
Sissy: Well, yes, it’s me again, because my dear compadre Bubby is under the weather. Sad because she actually found this delightful book, and I’m sure she would want to say something rude about my punny “novel idea for a novel” sentence. And she would say something about how all her fortune cookie fortunes were generic manufactured sayings that meant nothing, and how would it be to get one that really came true?
Sissy: Take a gander at the three main fortunes: “Look around, love is trying to catch you”, “True love is for the brave, not the lucky”, “Do the thing you fear and love is certain.”
How would you interpret those? How would you act on them? My favorite was the first story, Mis-Fortune, about Emma, who has no time or inclination for romance. Hah! Fate and Harrison have other plans for her, and the chase is so satisfying!
Sissy: Well, actually, I did love the second story, Love, Not Luck, and especially love-interest Carter and his care-free ways. His casual demeanor masks a lovely, vulnerable heart and an engaging bravery and persistance. Protagonist Lucy turns out to be lucky indeed!
Sissy: Okay, I’ll admit it–the third story, Takeout, was just as good as the others, and added a flair of warmth and humanity in the form of beautiful mother-daughter and father-daughter relationships. Just when you think things can’t possibly work out, love prevails, and you are greatly rewarded.
Sissy: Shall I sum up? The Fortune Cafe by Julie Wright, Melanie Jacobsen, and Heather B. Moore is a unique and refreshing take on the light romance novel that truly hit the spot for me! Miss you, Bubby, and thanks for finding this three-in-one treasure!
(Check this out–Book 2, The Boardwalk Antiques Shop, is out now! Guess I know what I’m going to be reading…)
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