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The Fortune Cafe

The Fortune Cafe

4.7 20
by Julie Wright
The Fortune Café
A Tangerine Street Romance
(a novel in three parts)

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


The Fortune Café
A Tangerine Street Romance
(a novel in three parts)

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 on Tangerine Street, 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?

Editorial Reviews

Amazon - Peggy Urry
With so many books waiting to be read, there are few that go on my re-read list. This is one. It's clean, easy to read, and fun. I read the last half of the book on a bus (chaperoning high school students), determined to ignore the queasiness because I just had to keep reading. The authors have done a great job of combining local elements that give a thread of consistency, yet the stories are all individual... Highly recommended.
Amazon - Emily Debenham
Novellas at their best! Seriously, this has been my favorite novella collection that I have read. The romances were all well-written with likable characters and interesting plot twists. They all follow the same set-up. The main characters order a meal at the fortune café and once they read their fortune cookie it comes true. I really liked how the stories intersected a little bit and we got to see the characters in each others stories.
InD'Tale Magazine - Nicole Duke
Crown Heart Award! This was a sweet collection of three loosely linked novella length stories... These author have a similar enough style so that their respective stories retain the same charming overall feel while retaining slightly different voices.
Amazon - Aline Pearson
I loved this book. Sometimes romance novels make me a little frustrated because the characters make such stupid decisions by not offering information, but just when I thought this one would be the same it wasn't. I liked how each individual story played off of the previous story. It was an easy read and very entertaining. I do recommend this book.

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A Tangerine Street Romance , #1
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Meet the Author

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. Visit her website: www.juliewright.com

MELANIE 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 downtime (ha!), she writes romantic comedies and pines after beautiful shoes. Visit her website:

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. Visit her blog:

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The Fortune Cafe 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want to relax and enjoy some entertaining and heartfelt stories, The Fortune Café by Heather B. Moore, Melanie Jacobsen, and Julie Wright is a perfect choice. As the debut novel for the Tangerine Street Romance series, in three novellas The Fortune Café introduces us to Chinese fortunes that really do come true. Cái, the eccentric own of The Fortune Café on Tangerine Street believes that the first fortune a customer receives in his café will become reality, and he takes pride in the way he chooses fortunes for his customers. Mis-Fortune, the first novella in The Fortune Café, introduces us to Emma, a waitress at The Fortune Café.  Emma believes in fortunes for everyone else but not for her. When her old high school friend Harrison comes to the café, Emma must rethink her life and what a Chinese fortune can mean for her. In Love, Not Luck, the second novella in The Fortune Café, Lucy grapples with an engagement that goes badly wrong when her lucky necklace breaks. Depressed by her seeming bad luck in every aspect of her life, Lucy finds escape with Carter her next door neighbor who believes in luck and making time for fun. What Lucy must decide is whether the luck is showered out because of charms or if luck is more of an attitude to be actively embraced. Takeout, the third novella in The Fortune Café introduces us to Stella and her quiet life repairing jewelry and caring for her diabetic mother. Evan enters Stella’s life as a timely rescuer from an old boyfriend and stale relationship. Evan is definitely not who Stella would consider under normal circumstances, but Stella’s circumstances are not normal.  The Fortune Café does not disappoint and is delightful to read. Full of well written stories that loosely intertwine to engage readers in compelling plots, The Fortune Café speaks to hearts who long for happy endings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect short romance . Did not want it to end and can not wait to start the next book.
WendyID More than 1 year ago
Three fun stories by three great authors. Want an enjoyable read with likeable realistic characters? If you are looking for an light romance story these are perfect! I loved the way these three stories intersected a little bit.
minreads More than 1 year ago
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.  
cclblue More than 1 year ago
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!
Brookes_Books More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Collection of contemporary romance novellas, received an e-copy from one of the authors for an honest review. My 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. Warnings: None I would let my 16 year old read this collection.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
RachelD4 More than 1 year ago
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.   
l_manning More than 1 year ago
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.
Love2Read6 More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. Content: Sex - 1/5 (Passionate kissing) Language - 1/5 (I think there was one swear word...) Violence - 0/5 Overall rating - PG
CamiChecketts More than 1 year ago
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.
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
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!
ilovemeinekinder More than 1 year ago
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! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
erinzachjj1 More than 1 year ago
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!
MrsMeg More than 1 year ago
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!!