Welcome to my spot on the blog tour today! I’m over the moon to be able to post my review for this fabulous novel!
🌹 Pieces of Happiness 🌹
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?
I devoured Pieces of Happiness within a few sittings. I think it was the book’s description that caught my attention when I was asked to review this novel! Something about five friends upping sticks and starting a new life seemed a really intriguing premise. And I certainly haven’t been disappointed – this is an engrossing, warm-hearted lovable book that is perfect for a weekend away.
When four women receive letters from old school friend Kat asking them if they would like to make a new life on a cocoa plantation in Fiji, they jump at the chance. Tired with what life has to offer, the four friends make a stand against what has become just a mere existence in Norway and decide to start afresh. But despite the lure of the locale, not everything is plain-sailing.
I LOVED learning about the Fijian customs. The way of life, the myths and legends and the local cuisine. You really do feel as if you are in the thick of it. Pieces of Happiness is a book filled to the brim with life and colour and, of course, food. Mouth-watering food! At times, I found myself wanting to hop on a plane and go to Fiji myself!
I really enjoyed the housekeeper, Ateca’s chapter’s. I found it so interesting to see things from her point of view – what she thought of the newcomers and how they settle into life in her native country. The characters in this book all possess very distinct personalities. They all have secrets and unresolved issues from their pasts which gave the book an interesting side to it.
Anne Ostby’s writing is beautiful: rich, intuitive. It took mere moments for me to read the first sentence and fall head first into the lives of these five – six if you include Ateca – fascinating women.
A sweet and mouth-watering tale of new beginnings, friendship and love that will have you surrendering your heart and stomach to the lives of these remarkable women.
🌺Sweet. Mouth-watering. Brilliant.🌺
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🌻Huge thanks to Poppy Stimpson for my review copy and for including me on the blog tour!🌻