Happiness Key - Happiness Key, Bk 1 Author:Emilie Richards SOMETIMES THE KEY TO HAPPINESS IS JUST WITHIN REACH — Meet four women who think they have nothing in common except the oyster-shell road that runs between their ramshackle beach cottages on a spit of land called Happiness Key. — When her husband is sent to prison, pampered Tracy Deloche is left with twenty-five acres of Florida Gulf Coast sand, fi... more »ve tumbledown beach houses and no idea how to start over. An exile in a strange country, Janya Kapur has left her wealthy, close-knit Indian family for an arranged marriage to a man she barely knows. Plainspoken Wanda Gray is tired of watching her marriage fail, so she takes a job guaranteed to destroy it -- IF her husband cares enough to discover what she's doing. Since her daughter's death, widow Alice Brooks has grown forgetful and confused. Her son-in-law and granddaughter have come to stay, but Alice isn't sure she's grateful.
When the only other resident of Happiness Key dies alone in his cottage, the four women warily join forces to find his family. Together, they discover difficult truths about their own lives and the men they love -- and uncover the treasure of an unlikely friendship.« less
I read all of Emilie Richards books and this one had a slow start, probably because the first 6-8 chapters were getting to know multiple characters. I had thought about not finishing, but "plowed on". After while the story line became most interesting and I finished the book in one day! There is excitement in getting to know these people and there are mystery plots. Gave a good rating, since it holds the interest after the slow beginning!!
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Helpful Score: 3
I could hardly put this down. After her crook husband goes to prison, divorced Tracy, who has lost everything but a run down resort in Florida, moves into one of the cabins on the beach. She gets to know her renters and finds a whole new life, very different from the shallow fake life she was raised to live. I liked getting to know each of the characters and I was hoping the book would not end. GREAT READ.
I have many Emilie Richards books on my TBR pile, I have only read one other book by her, the 1st in the ministry is murder series. Because that book was just ok, I hesitated to read another book by her when there are so many great books left on my TBR pile.
I needed to read this for a swap here on PBS or just send it unread. I am so glad I read the book, her ability to write Women's fiction was superb. She can write as good as Elizabeth Berg.
The story, characters, and friendships were believable. I loved that the author added a mystery, to a book about women finding themselves through their friendships. Very well done and highly recommended. I will pull some of the other books by this author off the dusty shelf and give the quilting series a try now. and Now I will get on the waiting list for book two in this series.
I absolutely loved this book. It started out a bit slow & didn't hook me at first, but once the characters started developing, I found it hard to put down. There is such a beauty in the bond of friendship & in the human ability to learn, accept differences & grow (if one chooses to do so :-) and this story really touches on all those things. It also has some light mystery, which was done really well. I was thrilled to realize that this is book 1 in a series and I just ordered book 2!