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Pieces of Happiness: A Novel of Friendship, Hope and Chocolate by [Ostby, Anne]
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"This funny, life-affirming novel about friendship and second chances is a wonderful companion for an afternoon in the sun…the Fijian setting is STUNNING." (Saga)

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A warm story of friendship, and starting over: five women, old school friends, who leave the frozen north behind them to start a new life together on a cocoa plantation in Fiji.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2718 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857525301
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; 01 edition (1 Jun. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M0Y1US9
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By D. Elliott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Mar. 2017
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After a global life as charity worker with her husband, widow Kate has settled in Fiji on a cocoa plantation, and she invites four long-standing friends from her native Norway to leave their various past difficulties behind and join her in a sort of commune, and to work together to build a chocolate factory. ‘Pieces of Happiness’ is one of the descriptions of their chocolate, and the book provides a welcome and delightful read as the ladies react and adapt to what appears as an exotic lifestyle – and they recognise what is important and learn anew how to get on together and with new neighbours and friends.

Not everything is perfect and an obvious aim of author Anne Ostby, a Norwegian who has lived in Fiji and loved it, is to demonstrate how all our choices and actions to better our lives have trade-offs – there is a flip-side to what appears to be an idyllic existence – bits of one thing have to be sacrificed for more of something else. Relationships between the ladies shift as ‘Pieces of Happiness’ becomes a delightful exploration of preconceptions and prejudices. Alongside evocative portrayals of Fiji with insights to the Pacific island’s culture, there are interwoven letters of prayer to God by Kate’s housekeeper who is amazed at how much the ladies have as money and food – yet they know so little about life. Anne Ostby’s novel is a thought provoking and comforting 5-star read to bolster those seeking to start again.
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By Beanie Luck TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Mar. 2017
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What an utter delight this book is. I sat and devoured it one rainy grey afternoon curled up under a blanket on the sofa.

I was transported to a glorious world of colour and life, it was utterly fabulous.

Very briefly as i hate spoilers, Kat vanished out of her friends lives straight after school and now lives in Fiji where she owns and runs a cocoa farm.

Kat who is now in her 60's writes to 4 of her friends Lisbeth, Maya, Sina, and Ingrid, and asks them to give up their lives and come live with her in Fiji and help her set up and run a chocolate business. The women all live together under the watchful eye of Kats housekeeper. It isnt paradise at 1st, they all have to come to terms with their decision, their new way of life and adjusting to living together as 5 women in their golden years in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Throw in chocolate making, wine, and great food and this was an absolute revelation. Everyone given the chance would of gone to Fiji, i know i would have, to escape the humdrum of their ordinary lives and go somewhere fabulous. But what they all discover, that life in paradise is bloody hard work.

I think this book has the most amazing future as a tv series. I would love to watch it, i could visualise Helen Mirren as Kat immediately, well thats how i see her anyway.

If America gets hold of it then i can see this also as a movie with Meryl Streep, Sally Field, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, and Kathy Bates as the ladies.

Take a chance and grab this, settle down one gloomy day, and prepare to be lifted away.
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By TogekissWings VINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2017
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This is a lovely book. I never heard of Anne Ostby before but I shall be looking out for other things by her. I know from having a writer in the family that a lot of research goes into a book, and this is no exception, as the Fijian language is dribbled into the story.
Briefly it delves into the realms of how we see ourselves and as the story unravels, so do some of the secrets of the ladies in this story. Basically, we are not too old to explore other avenues and new lives just because we age. How many of us have often thought how nice it would be to leave all our troubles behind and start life afresh somewhere else, perhaps even with a new identity? Old friends come together, with the obvious differences of having led very different lives, and it's not all plain sailing but a lovely story unfolds. The housekeeper's input is all important, and I love the way it happens. Look out for the Star of the sea who holds a very important position.

Looking at the end of a book can spoil it, and as I came to the end to I found a glossary of "some of the words used". 2 complaints here: put the glossary at the front so you don't have to see some of the last few pages, thereby spoiling the end. And if you're going to bother to put in a glossary, why not put all the foreign words instead of just some?
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This is a really lovely book, with writing that flows and that we didn't want to put down.

It tells the story of four friends in their 60's who join recently widowed Kat in Fiji, where they set up an all-women home along with Kat's housekeeper.

The story is told through the eyes of each of the women in alternate chapters, and is filled both with light-hearted moments, as well as the difficulties they face such as health issues and problems from the past. The chapters told from the view of Ateca (the housekeeper) give an interesting insight into Fijian culture.
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This for me was a lovely feeling read of friendship, new beginnings and such wonderful scenery.
Kat having a life so different, so wonderfully refreshing but also challenging invites her four friends over to her coca plantation. Now if you love chocolate this is the read for you. Her four friends all experiencing things in their lives are up for the challenge leaving behind niggles, life they had behind in Britain to start off a totally different way of life.
Big changes, new starts but most of all it showed to me the value of true friendship and that is something that money can never buy. Plus you are never to old to start something new if you really want too. Lovely read about the older women in life doing something for themselves and sorting out their lives. Do they all stay? No spoilers just enjoy the read and scenery the book describes as sounds just so wonderful.
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