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Pieces of Happiness
by Anne Ostby

Published: 2017-08-01
Hardcover : 320 pages
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A novel of five lifelong friends who, in their sixties, decide to live together on a cocoa farm in Fiji, where they not only start a chocolate business but strengthen their friendships and rediscover themselves.

"I've planted my feet on Fijian earth and I intend to stay here until the ...
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A novel of five lifelong friends who, in their sixties, decide to live together on a cocoa farm in Fiji, where they not only start a chocolate business but strengthen their friendships and rediscover themselves.

"I've planted my feet on Fijian earth and I intend to stay here until the last sunset. Why don't you join me? Leave behind everything that didn't work out!"

When Sina, Maya, Ingrid, and Lisbeth each receive a letter in the mail posing the same question, the answer is obvious. Their old high school friend Kat—Kat the adventurer, Kat who spread her wings and took off as soon as they graduated—has extended the invitation of a lifetime: Come live with me on my cocoa farm in Fiji. Come spend the days eating chocolate and gabbing like teenagers once again, free from men, worries, and cold. Come grow old in paradise, together, as sisters. Who could say no?
     Now in their sixties, the friends have all but resigned themselves to the cards they've been dealt. There's Sina, a single mom with financial woes; gentle Maya who feels the world slipping away from her; Ingrid, the perennial loner; Lisbeth, a woman with a seemingly picture-perfect life; and then Kat, who is recently widowed. As they adjust to their new lives together, the friends are watched over by Ateca, Kat's longtime housekeeper, who oftentimes knows the women better than they know themselves and recognizes them for what they are: like "a necklace made of shells: from the same beach but all of them different." Surrounded by an azure-blue ocean, cocoa trees, and a local culture that is fascinatingly, joyfully alien, the friends find a new purpose in starting a business making chocolate: bittersweet, succulent pieces of happiness.
     A story of love, hope, and chocolate, PIECES OF HAPPINESS will reaffirm your faith in friendship, second chances, and the importance of indulging one's sweet tooth.

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A Tropical Evening
by phesselbart (see profile) 02/17/18
Our hostess greeted us with leis and flowers for our hair and we sipped a Pink Bikini cocktail from coconut shell cups.We enjoyed a chicken stir fry with ambrosia salad for dinner with Fiji water! For dessert, Chocolate Coconut Bars, what else? A lovely "get away" in the middle of winter!

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  "pieces of happiness"by Carolynr (see profile) 11/13/18

maybe a 3.5
you can read the summary yourself.
There are parts I liked and parts i didn't. I liked that it is a book about older women and I liked the story line for each and to see how i

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  "Interesting Book Setting"by phesselbart (see profile) 02/17/18

Our club liked the book overall, had a bit of trouble getting into it, keeping all the characters straight. But the idea of the friends gathering in their retirement years in a unique location was compelling.... (read more)

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