The Fortune Cafe

The Fortune Cafe

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The Fortune Cafe by Julie Wright, Melanie Jacobson, Heather B. Moore

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?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149191017
Publisher: Mirror Press
Publication date: 03/14/2014
Series: A Tangerine Street Romance , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 155,562
File size: 1 MB

About 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:

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 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
This is a great feel good light read! It was wonderful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Three tidy romance tales where everyone has their happy ending! Loved the beach setting and intwined characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story and the writing style very much. Good storyline without the graphic sex scenes many love stories seem to feel the need for. Fun summer on the beach read.
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These are sweet enjoyable stories.
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This book has the perfect amount of detail. The romance is not too innappropriate and stays pretty clean. I was able to get this for free on B&N readouts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It was three short stories all revolving around The Fortune Cafe and three different romances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful and sweet! All 3 stories were great to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the characters and setting and loved the way she wove together the different characters’ stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the stories!
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I just read this collection again and I think I enjoyed it even more the second time! Sweet, fun stories set in a small beach town with a common thread of the characters receiving a "special" fortune from their fortune cookie at The Fortune Cafe- known for custom fortunes that really come true.
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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.