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A juicy, sprawling beach read with a suspenseful twist, Richards's sunny sequel to Happiness Key reveals the next life step for Tracy Deloche and her tenant friends in Florida. The group of seaside cottages are the only asset Tracy retained after her ex-husband, CJ Craimer, landed in prison because of some shady business dealings. The former Bel-Air trophy wife now works at a recreation center while treasuring her support system: Rishi and Janya Kapur, a young Indian-American couple trying to have a baby; pie maker entrepreneur Wanda and cop husband Ken Gray; Alice Brook and her granddaughter, Olivia Symington; plus secretive newcomers Dana Turner and her daughter, Lizzie, who dish up a poignant mystery for Tracy and friends to solve. When CJ unexpectedly shows up, wanting to reconnect after he's released from prison pending a new trial, Tracy ponders giving him a second chance. But then there's Marsh Egan, her off/on environmentalist boyfriend whose troublemaking ex, Sylvia, is also back in town. Secrets, friendships, and the Florida gulf coast all come into play in Richards's engaging latest. (July)
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The five women who own cottages at Happiness Key could not be more different, but that doesn't stop them from being friends. Janya hasn't been able to get pregnant, and her husband has turned cold and distant. For support she turns to Tracy, a type A businesswoman who is being stalked by her criminal ex-husband as she tries to reenter the dating world. But Tracy's problems can't compare to those of Wanda, who has lost her job and struggles to start a business of her own as suggested by Alice, who has offered to babysit the daughter of new Happiness Key resident Dana. Women's-fiction favorite Richards uses wit, suspense, and the relatable and extremely touching friendships of her main characters to weave an exciting and mysterious story revolving around a secret Dana is hiding whose revelation may well change their lives forever. --Claire Orphan

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Product Details

  • Series: Happiness Key
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Original edition (June 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778327701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778327707
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm the author of 70 something novels. I find relationships fascinating and write about them no matter what genre I'm exploring at the moment.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Koch VINE VOICE on June 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
There is never a dull moment in Happiness Key.

Tracy Deloche has been dating Marsh Egan. Things are heating up but they haven't had a quiet moment to themselves yet. Tracy has it all planned. Things quickly go from good to bad when she spots her ex-husband, CJ. CJ was in prison. He has been released and wants Tracy back.

Janya Kapur is ready to have a child. Unfortunately, there is one problem...her husband, Rishi does not want one. Lately things have become strained between them.

Wanda Gray has worked at the Dancing Shrimp as a loyal employee for a long time. The owners announce that they will be turning the Dancing Shrimp into a fancy tapas bar and that some of the employees are being let go. This includes Wanda. Wanda is devastated until Alice Brooks suggests to Wanda that she go into business for herself. Wanda does just that. She opens up Wanda's Wonderful Pies.

Dana Turner and her daughter, Lizzie may have just found the perfect place to call home in Happiness Key. That could all change, when something from Dana's past comes back.

Emilie Richards has just gone on my list of authors I want more of along with Robin Carr. Instantly, I felt like I was in Happiness Key. I plan to go back and visit again as I enjoyed this book so much. I had so much fun visiting with all the women. Though, I have to admit that my favorite person was Wanda. She had a bunch of spunk and charisma. All the different yummy homemade pies she made. If Wanda's Wonderful Pies really existed, I would have gained about 30 pounds visiting it. Fortunate Harbor is the perfect summer, beach read! I look forward to more to come from Emilie Richards.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mzglorybe VINE VOICE on August 23, 2010
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The setting is the Florida Keys, this key specifically called Happiness Key, for which book 1 was titled. This is the second in a series centered around a few women neighbors who have become close friends in a familial way. With individual dramas of their own going on Ms. Richards weaves her novel around their specific situations and personalities and we feel we could just sit right down with them and have a piece of pie and coffee.

Wanda's Wonderful Pies was my favorite part of this story. Wanda is let go from a restaurant she has worked at for many years, feeling age-discrimination is the reason, which motivates her to open her own place. It sounds just like a place I'd like to visit and wish we had one in our home town.

Generally, I like all of Richards novels. This contemporary work did not rivet my attention as some of her other works have done (Sisters Choice, Whiskey Island and more) but I found it entertaining. It wasn't something that I just couldn't wait to get back to, and was a tad too-long, so therefore the 3-star rating. Recommended for light reading where you don't have to put too much effort or concentration on it, sometimes that is just what is called for, especially after intense reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bingo-Karen Haney VINE VOICE on August 7, 2010
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FORTUNATE HARBOR by Emilie Richards is the second book in the Happiness Key Trilogy and is filled with the interwoven lives, loves, losses, and friendships of five women who are the main characters in this series. The story is set on a twenty-five acre spit of land called Happiness Key on the Gulf Coast of Florida and so well researched and described by Richards that you will feel at home at once.

Emilie Richards centers FORTUNATE HARBOR around Tracy Deloche as she did in the first book, HAPPINESS KEY. Tracy owns the cottages that her friends live in. They are Wanda Gray, Alice Brooks and her granddaughter Olivia, and JanyaKapur. These residents welcome newcomer, Dana Turner, a single mother and her daughter Lizzie, and they help to calm her fears as they take her under their collective wings.

Tracy's has to deal with C. J., her husband who was recently released from prison. Theirs is a relationship with all the ups and downs of a roller coaster. C. J. can be charming, while also making everyone anxious as they wonder what he is really up to. He says everything he does is to help make up to Tracy for his past mistakes but is that true? Before C. J. returned, Tracy had been dating Marsh Egan and just as Tracy was planning their first quiet time together, C. J. had popped back into her life and of course, wanted her back, thus scrapping her plans for Marsh.

Dana, and daughter Lizzie, seem to have their own mysterious past that they were running from prior to settling in the one vacant cottage on Happiness Key. Things now seem perfect for the pair until something from Dana's past comes back that may cost her all that she treasures.

Janya Kapur very much wants to have a child, however, her husband, Rishi does not and so things are tense between them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jill on August 16, 2010
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Like all of Emilie Richards' books, a joy to read from start to finish.
Will be sorry to see these KEY stories end....but this was an extra
terrific way to pull together all the women's stories in every way.
Love this author. Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on July 3, 2010
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Fear, heartache, worry, suspense, and mystery prowl the twenty-five acre spit of land called Happiness Key on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The five ramshackle cottages on this land house an intriguing assortment of women who form a bond that proves to be a support system strong and faithful regardless of the circumstance.

Dana and Lizzie Turner, mysterious and secretive vagabonds, move into the only vacant cottage on Happiness Key. Tracy Deloche, the owner of the property, and her renters Janya, Wanda, and Alice weave their web of caring around the fearful Dana and her eleven-year-old daughter. As the lives of these five women entwine, the reader is lured in with intrigues, amateur sleuthing, emotional clutter, financial woes, and troubled love that cries out to be nurtured.

The men and children do keep things in a muddle much of the time. Some of the secondary characters add delightful humor while other do cruel, hurtful, and conniving things that keep the reader turning pages.

Tracy's coping with C. J., her recently out-of-prison ex-husband is a roller coaster ride from suspicion to guilt, from moments of an old attraction bubbling up to angry revulsion. His charismatic, wheeler-dealer ways keeps everyone uneasy wondering what he is really doing under the guise of saying he is helping Tracy because he wants to makeup for his past wrong doings.

The mystery of Janya and her husband Rishi's problems crops up in the story like a shadow of an ominous presence. Conversely, the irrepressible Wanda, even with her worries, brings a unique humor to even the managing of serious problems. Her encounter with her competitor on the evening of July 4th is not to be missed.
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