#BlogTour #Review ~ Pieces of Happiness by Anne Ostby #piecesofhappiness @anneostby @TransworldBooks @PoppyStimpson

When recently-widowed Kat writes to her four old school friends, inviting them to live with her on a cocoa plantation in the South Pacific, they swap icy pavements and TV dinners for a tropical breeze and an azure-blue ocean. Leaving behind loneliness, dead-end jobs and marriages that have gone sour, they settle into the Women’s House, surrounded by palms and cocoa trees; and locals with the puzzling habit of exploding into laughter for no discernible reason.

Each of the women has her issues to resolve, and secrets to keep. But together the friends find a new purpose, starting a business making chocolate: bittersweet, succulent pieces of happiness. As they embrace a new culture that views ageing so differently from their own, will they learn to accept and forgive: to discover the value of friendship, and a better way to live?

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About the Author

Anne Ostby is a Norwegian journalist and novelist who has lived all over the world, including four years in Fiji. She is the author of a number of novels published in Norway, mainly for a YA audience, and her adult novel Town of Love, was also published in English. She now lives in East Timor with her husband.




My Review

Yet again my weakness for stunningly attractive covers pulled me towards Pieces of Happiness. Who wouldn’t be lured by that? The colourfulness and friendly feel continues inside.

A story that transported me to places I wouldn’t have considered going previously. Fiji is an idyllic setting. Beautifully written I could sense the picturesque views, the aromas along with the women involved.

Kat lives in Fiji and after the death of her husband decides to make contact with friends from school days. Now these women are all past middle age so it has been a long time since they all met up.

Kat sends an open invitation making it clear she would love to see them but if they decide not to take a leap of faith then no ill feelings.

It’s quite a risk to uproot and leave everything you know behind to start afresh but this book discovers how friendship, a change of scenery, unearthing secrets and having a shared dream can indeed be fruitful eventually.

A lovely book that lives up to it’s image. It’s the first time I have read anything by Anne Ostby and it’s always nice to find another author who delivers a pleasant story. Absolutely ideal to read during the summer and lose yourself in paradise.

Thanks to Poppy at Transworld Books and Netgalley for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. 


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