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. Tracy Deloche's pampered existence imploded when her husband was sent to prison. Now all she has left are twenty-five acres of Florida Gulf Coast sand, five tumbledown beach houses and no idea how to start over. Janya Kapur comes from a wealthy, close-knit Indian family. Now she's an exile in a strange country and deeply unhappy in an arranged marriage to a man she barely knows. Plainspoken Wanda Gray despises the old beach house she's forced to share with husband Ken, a troubled cop. Tired of watching her marriage fail, she takes a job guaranteed to destroy it--if he cares enough to discover what she's doing. Widowed Alice Brooks always dreamed of living on the beach, but since her daughter's death, she's grown forgetful and confused. Her son-in-law and granddaughter have come to stay, but Alice isn't sure she should be grateful.
A divorcee is handed a swath of Gulf Coast Florida real estate in Richards's slow if involving latest. After Tracy Deloche's ex-husband lands in federal prison, she takes control of his Happiness Key development, which consists mostly of a handful of ramshackle cottages. Her tenants-Wanda Gray, Janya Kapur, Alice Brooks and Herb Krause-are misfits, but when Herb dies, Tracy goes on a quest to find his family that ends up forcing her to bond with her tenants in ways she never thought possible. In the meantime, the mismatched crew learns that in helping each other, they are really helping themselves. This quintessential beach read is full of intrigue, romance, comedy and a splash of mystery, and while it could be shorter and faster paced, the women at its center-and the problems they face-are fully believable. They deserve a better plot. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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June 01, 2010
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