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Posted November 4, 2014
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These stories are so fun! I thoroughly enjoyed each one. I loved how they mixed with each other subtly, but in an entertaining and important way. I loved the main characters in each. Especially Emma and Stella. My heart broke for Lucy and I loved the twist of her being dumped in her story. I don't want to reveal what happens in each, but each author does a great job of telling their stories without giving us everything at once. Each part reads quickly and I felt satisfied after each one ended. They're sweet, clean stories that will leave you smiling.
Posted September 15, 2014
Fun! Fun! Fun! What a clever idea! Three stories that all center around this Chinese cafe. It is set in a little tourist town on a California beach. The magic of it is that the first fortune you receive from this cafe comes true. In each story some of the characters from the other stories make an appearance. It is all cleverly tied together. Each story can be read in one evening, but has enough depth to make one feel satisfied. This story was originally released in March for St. Patrick's day. This works well as the stories have to do with being lucky in love. Intriguing characters and sweet stories!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 21, 2014
Collection of contemporary romance novellas, received an e-copy from one of the authors for an honest review.
This collection of novellas are all connected by The Fortune Cafe. This is no ordinary Chinese Restaurant. I loved reading about the quirky characters that work at The Fortune Cafe. The setting of this restaurant and the folks that work in the area and, of course eat at The Fortune Cafe, are what make these 3 stories work.
I like that although the stories are written by 3 separate authors, they work together. I don't feel like I'm jumping in to a completely different world. That being said, the stories are separate and each would do well on its own.
The stories are clean, fun, and of course, full of romance.
I would let my 16 year old read this collection.
Posted June 24, 2014
The idea was genius! I loved how the three novellas go together and yet stand alone and I am looking forward to the next book in the series. The beach is a great backdrop to the stories and I love the idea of the next book being from another store on the tourist street. I really enjoyed the first and last stories, but I was disappointed by the mild swearing and off-color humor that seemed to be thrown into the second one. It didn't need it, and otherwise the story was okay.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 13, 2014
This was SUCH a fun book to read!!
I loved how all three stories were separate but intertwined together off and on because of The Fortune Cafe being a meeting spot for the main characters. I loved all three stories, but the first one was my most favorite. Good, clean womens fiction. Fast reading, romantic and fun! I can't wait to read the next Tangerine Street Romance Novel coming soon! (Boardwalk Antiques Shop) This idea of a central location/novel in 3 parts is a fantastic idea!! Written by Julie Wright, Melanie Jacobson and Heather Moore.
Posted April 25, 2014
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.
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Posted April 25, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it was just cute and sweet and a great escape novel! Each story is unique and different, but they connect in unexpected ways. The idea of a restaurant with fortune cookies that come true is a delicious premise, and I would love to see even more stories come from the Fortune Cafe! The authors of these novellas are all experienced and well versed in their craft, which makes for a more an engaging read with different voices and story telling styles and techniques. Each story is sweet and can be read over and over. Loved it!!
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Posted April 18, 2014
LOVED these! So darling--the best $5 I've ever spent. Each story was filled humor, touching scenes, sigh-worthy romance, and wonderful characters. This is my kind of read, and I'm really looking forward to the next one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 18, 2014
I loved it!! This novel contains three novellas written by three different authors and The Fortune Cafe is the link between them. When you get a fortune cookie there, the fortunes magically come true. Cai, the owner of The Fortune Cafe, believes that the first fortune carries the magic and is the most important.
Each story is unique yet they all blend together nicely. It was easy to figure out where the stories were headed but they were still lots of fun to read. I enjoyed reading about each of their relationships and how they came to realize who they should be with. Their fortunes were also fun. None of them took much stock at first in their fortunes coming true, so I liked seeing how that would happen.
Once I started reading this, it was almost impossible to put down. These are three authors I have just found within the last year and they are all quickly becoming favorites! I'm looking forward to reading more from each of them and hope there are more Tangerine Street Romances to come!
Content: Clean! The second story has a couple of mild swear words.
Posted April 18, 2014
I liked all three stories. They are good clean fun. Each story can stand alone, so they are great if you just want to read one at a time. It is hard to pick a favorite story but I am going with Mis-Fortune. Because of all the humor. All three are positive stories. Each one gets a fortune cookie that comes true. I would read more books from all three authors in the future.
I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest opinion of them.
Mis-Fortune was a fun read at times funny, sad, overwhelming that ended on high.
Emma is funny, responsible, talented and hard working. Emma has a hard life taking care of her mom, working as a waitress and writing a web comic that now she has a book made of her comic and is going to sale and promote it.
I really like the characters in it. Would love to see a picture of Emma's comic.
Love, Not Luck started out to be sad story. It had a couple of good messages in it. A lot of things that happen can be lucky or unlucky it depends on our perspective. Hard work makes us lucky. I really like Carter. He is a positive, good neighbor to have. He sees a problem and goes out of his way to help instead of turning away. He is fun and silly not making jokes that hurt anyone. Carter has a plan to help Lucy get through her breakup.
Takeout is the last story in Fortune Café. I like the characters. They care and sacrifice for their families. They are a good example for me.
Stella's mom has some serious health problems. So Stella came home from college to take care of her and run there jewelry shop. Her boyfriend did not like that and broke it off with her. Evan is a divorced father who loves his daughter. He wants her to spend the summer with him and not a babysitter. They both make choices because they are needed and they love and care about their families.
Posted April 14, 2014
Audience: Adult (Clean)
Genre: Romance, Novella Collection
Length: 249 pgs.
Rating: ***** (Loved it!)
Review: Mis-Fortune, the first part of the novel, caught me right away. I love the way that Emma and Harrison fall toward each other. I like how, despite her well-founded personal reservations, Emma can't resist him and so she doesn't. I love the good-guy in Harrison. There were characters I really wanted to punch in the face, but I was involved in a really good way. The second part, Love, Not Luck is just as great. I love the friendship between Lucy and Carter and how it builds so perfectly. I LOVE Lucy's mom. It's SO awesome to see a good, loving, supportive mom (like my mom...she's so super). I love how these two characters fit SO well together. And it's all topped off by the third part, Takeout. This one was all about an amazing first date, and I love that. I love that I got to see how everything led up to this, and then the fall-out of that great date. I wished there'd been time to explore Stella's mom more, because she seemed to amazing and sweet too. I loved watching for the ways these novellas would intersect with each other and finding the small treats of each one left behind in the others. Wonderful.
Sex - 1/5 (Passionate kissing)
Language - 1/5 (I think there was one swear word...)
Violence - 0/5
Overall rating - PG
Posted April 7, 2014
I devoured these books and would highly recommend them to readers of all ages. They were fun, interesting, heartfelt, and romantic. Emma, Lucy, and Stella were all heroines I could relate to and would want to be friends with. I cheered for each of their happy endings.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2014
WHAT A FUN READ!
Sweet, Romantic, Wonderful!
One fun thing about this book is that it is written by 3 different authors....a GREAT way to be introduced to an author you might not have read before.
Each author has her own story and her own style. They all meld together around a Chinese Restaurant and the fortunes that come out of the fortune cookies :)
MIS-FORTNE is a story about the waitress Emma. She doesn't believe in the magic of the fortune cookies and refuses to open one...that is until one is accidentally cracked open in her hand and everyone demands that she reads the fortune. "Look around, love is trying to catch you" it says.
LOVE, NOT LUCK is about Lucy who everyone call Lucky Lucy...until she opens her cookie to read "True love is for the brave, not the lucky." And as a streak of bad luck starts to surround her she finds herself relying on Carter, who has been even more unlucky than she is.
TAKEOUT is Stella's story. She has left everything behind to come take care of her sick mother. She has taken over the jewelry store and is caught off guard when Evan and his daughter walk in to her shop. What does her fortune cookie say" "Do the thing you fear and love is certain."
You will LOVE this one!
Posted April 5, 2014
I loved all three! I love how they went together so well, but you didn't feel like you were reading the same story over and over! In Mis-Fortune, I loved how she was trying so hard to not believe in the "magic" that was the fortune cookies! And her boss really wanted her to have one! It's always entertaining to read about someone fighting falling in love! It never works out! In Love, Not Luck, you have to feel bad for her with the terrible future in-laws and then her fiance doesn't seem that supportive either! I thought her apartment neighbor was a great guy! Then in Takeout, I love the "like at first glance" that seemed to happen! She was great with his daughter! Ex-boyfriends. Blech! She finally believes in her fortune and good things happen. Either way these are great stories, I just don't want to give anything away!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 28, 2014
My favorite part about this book is that each section was so different, yet tied together so that it worked perfectly to have them together. You know? Ok. Basically, each author was different and had a different story. But together, it made sense because the characters in each part interacted with each other. I loved it. That's what I'm getting at. I thought it was brilliant.
Each story was very romantic and very real. All of the characters had to work for love in their own way, making them very realistic and easy to relate to. I love the idea of a "magic fortune cookie", especially because I think more than anything, it opened the characters' eyes to what they wanted in their lives and gave them the motivation to go get it.
Great book. Romantic adventures. Fun read.
Posted March 22, 2014
I loved how these stories tied together, it was a fantastic glimpse into the lives of three wonderfully complex characters, and the ones that love them. I struggle sometimes with novellas, because I like having a full story. But these were long enough that you got a full story in one book. I also loved guessing what the next story was going to be about just from the little clue they gave you in the first and second book. It was great and I recommend this to everyone!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.