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Pieces of Happiness: A Novel of Friendship, Hope and Chocolate Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.