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The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  3,217 Ratings  ·  234 Reviews
You're invited to spend the weekend with three extraordinary sisters…

When she was sixteen, Dee Fortune kidnapped her two younger sisters and ran from danger. Now twenty-nine, she's still trying to control her shape-shifting power—no easy task when Danny James shows up one Friday morning with his deadly smile and dangerous questions about the past.

Lizzie is determined to sa
ebook, 416 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2007)
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romney No sequel, though Jenny Crusie and Anne Stuart wrote another 3 hander in a similar style with Lani Diane Rich - "Dogs and Goddesses".
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This book, simply put, was fun! It was a nice change after my last book, which wasn't that fun. I liked the light-spirit of the story, with one of my favorite themes: family. I adore my sister, so stories with sisters who love each other and get alone are always welcome.

Can I be honest? I read this book because Anne Stuart was one of the writers. I happily tried to pick out which parts of the narrative that she wrote, and I think I did a good job. But, in the process, I thoroughly enjoyed mysel
Aug 01, 2007 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one.
What I learned from this book: That just because you usually like an author , there's no guarantee you will like everything they write. Gah, this was AWFUL. Jennifer Crusie's books are usually funny and sexy and a pleasure to read.

The UMF was just embarrassing. It reminded me of the bodice ripper books I used to read back in Junior High, only worse, because I expected more. It's full of instant panty-melting lust at first sight, bad dialogue and every romance novel cliche you can think of. Each
This is actually a reread. The first time I read this book I was somewhat skeptical about the ability of three authors to blend their styles together, but I love Jennifer Crusie and was on a quest to read everything she'd written ever at the time, so I read it. I did and still do enjoy it, with a couple of caveats.

First: this is a fun book. The dialogue sparkles (it's Jenny Crusie, guys, of course it does) and the stories are cute, if occasionally somewhat forced in feeling. The characters are q
Jane Stewart
Terrible! Hated it! Selfish, rude, lying, unpleasant women.

This book was full of repetitive conversations as if the authors needed filler material. Dee kept saying "we must leave." Mare repeatedly gets mad at Crash saying "you've been gone for five years." I did not like the way Lizzie told Elric to leave her forever. Then as soon as he was gone she cried because she missed him and didn't want him to leave. The plot was stupid. I can't think of anything nice to say about this book. Story brief:
Nov 07, 2007 Jana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
I was a bit disappointed with this one...
In the end, I finally just skimmed the final chapters just to be done with it. I ADORE Jennifer Cruise and was so excited for this one! I thought the concept was interesting and also the subject matter (I'm a sucker for witch stories, after all) but I thought the 3 sisters were lame and boring and way to hung up on their issues...the guys were not quiver worthy and to top it all off, I felt like I had to keep re-reading the first few chapters to see
There are many witch stories out there, but many of them, I'm sorry to say, do not have happy endings. This is a book with a happy ending, suitable for fans of Charmed and Bewitched. This is also a book I gave myself for my birthday; I've decided to only buy books that make me feel good and/or laugh in delight.

These women can construct a romcom to make anyone proud.

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A fantasy romance about three sisters with magical powers, co-written by three separate authors. You see all the ways in which this could go wrong, right? Right. Well, Mare's story—written by Jenny Crusie—is the strongest and the wittiest, but it's nowhere near vintage Crusie. Dee's story was mostly boring (though God, let me count all the ways I never again want to read an erection described as 'rampant'); Lizzy's story irritated me, because it was full of all the smug, patronising, clichéd thi ...more
Kara Jorges
This is the story of the magical Fortune sisters, each with a gift. Dee, the eldest, is a shapeshifter. Lizzie, the middle sister, transmutes things, and Mare, the youngest, can move things with her mind. For the past 12 years, they have lived a nomadic life, fleeing when their powers drew attention, or when their aunt Xantippe found them. After Xan murdered their parents, Dee took her sisters and fled, hiding out in small towns. Now, their aunt has found them again, only she has also sent each ...more
Ana T.
I picked up this thinking it was an anthology with 3 stories and an undercurrent theme, I was quite surprised to discover that this is in fact a full length book where the 3 authors collaborated to write one story.

It’s the story of sisters Dee, Mare and Lizzie who are witches and are on the run from aunt Xantippe who murdered their parents a few years back. The problem is Mare and Lizzie are tired of running and so this time aunt Xan catches up with them. The aunt is our usual villainess, beauti
Feb 05, 2008 Punk rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fantasy
Romance, Fantasy. I was prepared to laugh this book out of the room. I mean, a collaboration between three authors? With SEVEN pov characters? But it was better than I expected. I got it for Crusie, but I enjoyed most of the rest of the book, except for a large part near the end that was supposed to be sexy and was instead just tedious. (Dee Fortune, I'm looking at you.)

To wit: The three Fortune sisters -- each with their own magical power -- have been hiding from their evil Aunt Xan for the pas
Feb 17, 2014 Mehrangez rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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Mar 29, 2016 Carolin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mir war nach einem süßen und lustigen Chicklit-Roman. Daher griff ich nach diesem und war auch auf den ersten 100/150 Seiten ziemlich begeistert: Es geht um Dee, Lizzie und Mare, drei Schwestern mit Zauberkräften, die zusammen in einer kleinen amerikanischen Stadt wohnen. Sie leben unter falschem Namen und sind schon mehrfach umgezogen, da sie vor ihrer bösen Tante (die die Eltern der drei auf dem Gewissen hat) fliehen. Sie erhielten nie eine Ausbildung in Magie und so können sie ihre Kraft nur ...more
May 11, 2008 L8blmr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a somewhat light PN romance
I found this book at my local thrift store for 50 cents and wondered why I hadn't known of its existence. I believed it to be an anthology at the time, but quickly found out that it's one book written by three women! Of course, the names Crusie and Stuart were the ones that attracted me. When I looked the book up on Amazon I was surprised to see that not many people liked it. Well, that's never stopped me before and I'm glad it didn't this time. I really liked it! Instead of taxing my brain by t ...more
Christy Stewart
I planned on liking this book because it came highly recomended from a friend with similar tastes, but it didn't really work out. The writing is good, the characters are good, most of the humor works; as long as a book can meet these qualities I tend to really enjoy it, but there was a problem with the pacing. It's as if three short stories were intertwined into one novel and because of that there is a lot of jumping around between plots without much substance and it just comes off as looong. Ev ...more
Not as good as I was going it would be. I expected a book about magical sisters finding true love over the course of a long weekend to require since suspension of belief, but this was almost too much for me. The dialog was silly at times, and the characters pretty I've dimensional. It was hard to root for love overcoming obstacles when it can all be dealt with in just a few days. I like Xan and Maxine, although they both felt line characters dreadmed up by the three authors over some midnight ma ...more
Rating: 2.5/5

This is the better one of the two books written by the three authors, the other book being Dogs and Goddesses. The plot is pretty much the same (no talking dogs though) but the story here is smoother and the characters more likable. If you HAVE to read one of the two, I'd recommend this one. Though I would only recommend it for HUGE fans of Jennifer Crusie as neither this one nor Dogs is a particularly good book.
Oct 04, 2007 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute little romance. It was written in the round by three different authors, and you can see the strengths and weaknesses of this method quite clearly in the book.

But, it was fun. And I read it twice. The characters are awesome. Plus, there are some laugh-out-loud funny scenes.

This book is worth reading just for Mare/Crash (Mare runs a quirky branch of Value Video!!, has telekinetic powers, and at one point dresses as the Corpse Bride), although the rest of it was pretty much your standard romance fare.
Cynthia Varady
Nov 02, 2010 Cynthia Varady rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a fun, light read.
The novel brings two words to mind – Guilty Pleasure. I love me so good old, bad for me pleasure reading. It's like candy for the mind. Chocolate for the soul. Scratch that last one, chocolate is for the soul. At least it is in my world. Written in rounds by Jennifer Cruise, Eileen Dreyer and Anne Stuart, The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes is highly reminiscent of Charmed, The Witches of Eastwick, (except I liked this book), Stardust and Practical Magic all rolled into one. So if you don't like steam ...more
Melissa McHugh
Aug 19, 2011 Melissa McHugh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love and adore Jennifer Crusie and I’m usually in line to purchase her books on the day they come out but I waited to buy this and I’ll tell you why: I’m not a fan of books that are written by more than one author and I’m not a huge fan of anthologies. I had never read anything by Anne Stuart and I had never even heard of Eileen Dreyer, so I decided to wait a while until I had some extra money.[return][return]I’m sorry that I was so quick to judge — this is a very fun and fast-paced novel, one ...more
Mar 20, 2010 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guilty pleasure. That would be the tag I would put on this book. Additional tags would be “sexy romance”, “paranormal romance” and “fantasy fiction”. I read this book a couple of years ago. The title caught my eye when I spied it on a book shelf in a store somewhere. I read the story summary on the back of the book and it tickled my reading fancy at the time. I have to say I probably should have investigated it more in depth before I started reading it. There is something to be said for having s ...more
What a riot! First of all, any book with that many great movie references gets a thumbs up from me. Second, I really, really enjoyed the humor. Third? It took me by surprise. Seeing three author's names on the cover initially made me leery. I generally don't like anthologies and that's what I thought this was. Nope. Not an anthology. Just a really fun read by three authors writing as three very different sisters. Now, I should probably have prefaced this by saying that I have never read anything ...more
Andy Kornylo
Oct 03, 2013 Andy Kornylo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If you liked Maybe This Time and Wild Ride by Jennifer Crusie, then you’re going to love this book. I liked it, even though there were a few parts where I was just like, are you kidding me?

So, this book centers on the three Fortune sisters – Dee, Lizzie, and Mare – who are witches. But that’s not all they are. It turns out that their parents were also magically gifted and cashed in on their gifts by hos
Christina T
Feb 24, 2016 Christina T rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars, 2011
I thought it was ok but honestly it would have been better as a trilogy. Where each sister had their own book with the third book being the big showdown between the sisters and their evil aunt. I would have liked to get to know the characters better. As it is the book was written as a full book with each author contributing something but it read like an anthology whereas each sister's love story was told very quickly making it feel rushed.

There were some humorous things in the book that I enjoye
Belle Augusta
Cerita yang menarik dan lucu. Dee Fortune si sulung yang tiba-tiba didatangi penulis bernama Danny, Lizzie Fortune yang memiliki kekuatan paling besar didatangi oleh penyihir kuat juga bernama Elric, dan si bungsu Mare Fortune seorang pegawai dari peminjaman video didatangi oleh direktur pusat tempat ia bekerja bernama Jude dan kekasih yang telah meninggalkannya selama lima tahun Danny. Ketiga saudari itu sellau berpindah tempat untuk menghindari bibi mereka, Xan yang menurut Dee telah membunuh ...more
Nicola O.
Jul 24, 2007 Nicola O. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormals
Just finished this one tonight-- what a hoot. I have to say that from the way the blurb was written, I thought it was a collection of 3 novellas by 3 different authors. Not-- it was a very cute collaboration about 3 witchy sisters whose powers are a) completely out of control and b) go especially haywire when the girls are sexually aroused. Hijinks ensue.

I'm not familiar with two of the authors (though I'm going to have to look them up now!) but Crusie's trademark humor sparkles and it's easy to
"Gorgeous men do not phase us. They are merely flesh and blood, arranged in a pleasing manner. They too shall pass, while we remain imutable and eternal. And, of course, unfazable. That is why we rule the universe."

So sayeth Mare, the youngest Miss Fortune, one of three magical sisters hiding from their past and from their aunt. Dee, the oldest and most reponsible of the three, tries to live a normal life and take care of her sisters, but can't seem to stop herself from shifting into an owl or a
Jun 28, 2012 Zarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Uh. I usually love Jennifer Crusie. She's not exactly Nobel Prize-material - but I bet she could be, because she's funny, snarky and witty in a lovely mix. Her characters are alive and kickin' in the best sense of the words.

This book is a collaboration, and I have to say: that's not entirely a good thing. While it's sometimes fun, funny and smart and the pacing is nice - it's also a bit hollow and lacking in building. More than a few times, I felt that important clues were just left dangling.
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May 02, 2013 Lyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-romance
Dee Fortune took her sisters and ran after their parents died from questionable causes. She's managed to escape their wicked Aunt Xan for years, but now Xan's found them. Can Dee keep them safe or should she stop worrying and give in to the love of her life who is a gift from Xan?

Although all of the sisters have their own special gifts, Mare knows that with the guidance her aunt could have given them, they would be powerful indeed. Or dead, if she believed Dee, and she's not sure she does.

Sep 03, 2014 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When she was sixteen, Dee Fortune kidnapped her two younger sisters and ran from danger. Now twenty-nine, she's still trying to control her shape-shifting power--no easy task when Danny James shows up one Friday morning with his deadly smile and dangerous questions about the past.

Lizzie is determined to save her family from financial ruin by turning straw into gold; now if she could only stop turning forks into bunnies. Then Elric, a sorcerer, appears one Friday--annoyed with the chaos Lizzie is
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