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Fortunate Harbor (Happiness Key #2)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  815 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
Join five women connected by friendship and the road that runs between their cottages in a Florida development called Happiness Key.Tracy Deloche finally gets a romantic evening with Marsh Egan, but dinner goes cold when she spots her ex-husband. CJ is supposed to be in prison and out of her life for good.

Janya Kapur envies every pregnant woman she sees, but her husband is
ebook, 544 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Patti TheLoveJunkee
Fortunate Harbor is the 2nd book in the Happiness Key series (the first book is Happiness Key). I don't usually like to start a series by skipping books, but I had no problems at all following the characters and events in this book.

There are several storylines going on in this book, and for the most part I enjoyed them.
The four main female characters in this series are: Tracy Deloche - a former "trophy wife" who's ex husband is in prison for real estate scams, she owns the five cottages on Happi
Feb 21, 2017 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this series
Aug 07, 2010 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FORTUNATE HARBOR by Emilie Richards is the second book in the Happiness Key Trilogy and is filled with the interwoven lives, loves, losses, and friendships of five women who are the main characters in this series. The story is set on a twenty-five acre spit of land called Happiness Key on the Gulf Coast of Florida and so well researched and described by Richards that you will feel at home at once.

Emilie Richards centers FORTUNATE HARBOR around Tracy Deloche as she did in the first book, HAPPINES
Jul 12, 2010 Drebbles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Although they are all friends the five woman living at Happiness Key have completely different personalities. Tracy Deloche is eager to move on from her ex-husband CJ and into a relationship with Marsh Egan - but how can she forget CJ if he won't go away. Janya Kupur is falling in love with her husband (theirs was an arranged marriage) and longs to have a baby but Rishi seems strangely reluctant to even talk about having children. Alice Brooks is doing her best to raise her granddaughter Olivia. ...more
Jun 27, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fortunate Harbor picks up a little while after Happiness Key ended. Tracy, Janya, Wanda, and Alice are facing a variety of new challenges and success. For instance, Tracy is watching her romance with Marsh, enemy turned something more, bloom, but after her ex-husband and Marsh’s ex-wife show up, everything is thrown completely off course once again. Whilst Wanda is dealing with her own problems, because while her marriage seems to be better than ever, she just quit her job at the Dancing Shrimp ...more
Wendy Hines

Tracy Deloche owns a handful of seaside cottages (Happiness Key) in Florida, the only thing she owns after her ex-husband was convicted of some shady business deals. She works at a recreation center, but also enjoys her time with her friends

Dana Turner is a single mom down on her luck but with a stroke of luck, she rents one of the empty cottages from Tracy, gets one of the girls to watch her daughter, and another gets her a job.

Tracy is finally finding some romance with environmentalist Marsh
Jun 08, 2010 Janga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fortunate Harbor is a sequel to Happiness Key (2009), and, like the first book, it is what Richards herself calls a “friendship book.” In Book 2, the four women who formed a circle of friends in Happiness Key return. Just when Tracy Deloche is ready to see her relationship with environmentalist lawyer Marsh Egan progress to the next stage, former relationships complicate their lives. Janya Kapur is eager to start a family, but her husband suddenly is distant even on the rare occasion when he’s h ...more
May 27, 2010 Leigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fortunate Harbor is the second in the series. Happiness Key had the prerequisite happy ending, but now we get to check back with the characters as they move forward in their lives, their friendship still going strong.

Tracy's new relationship seems to have been derailed by former past loves. Maybe they both are not quite ready to move on.

Janya is ready to start a family, but her husband is suddenly absent from their marriage bed. Maybe she misunderstood and their marriage is built on convenience
Jun 27, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is never a dull moment in Happiness Key.

Tracy Deloche has been dating Marsh Egan. Things are heating up but they haven’t had a quiet moment to themselves yet. Tracy has it all planned. Things quickly go from good to bad when she spots her ex-husband, CJ. CJ was in prison. He has been released and wants Tracy back.

Janya Kapur is ready to have a child. Unfortunately, there is one problem…her husband, Rishi does not want one. Lately things have become strained between them.

Wanda Gray has w
May 24, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed Fortunate Harbor. Some places were a bit long and had drawn-out further than necessary, but really I cared about the characters. The genre felt the most like Women's Fiction with a touch of romance and mystery to top it off. I loved the subplots involving whether or not ex-spouses should be reinvested in emotionally when the strings were originally cut for a good reason. The loyalty of the characters was admirable and the message about marriage and intimacy was good as well. None of th ...more
Zee Monodee
I had no idea this book was Book 2 in a series... Good thing didn't know that, as I tend to not get into series until I've read the prior books in the list, but in this case, I would've missed out on one of the best reads I've ever had.

Emilie Richards writes with a flowing style and there's nothing clunky or overdone about her words. You'd think that with a cast of characters as big as the one featured in this book, the writing could've gotten awkward and messy at times. No such thing here - eac
Jul 12, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again we meet the four women that we became acquainted with in Happiness Key. Tracy has continued working at the Rec department. Janya's husband continues to work long hours and she still isn't pregnant. Hints from her mother about getting a grandchild are not helping. Alice and her granddaughter Olivia are doing well. The Dancing Shrimp has been taken over by new owners and Wanda finds that she is losing her job. She decides to open Wanda's Wonderful Pies despite a slump in the economy. At ...more
May 30, 2010 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the first book in this series, "Happiness Key." It was a good beach read; light women's fiction with characters that weren't created with a cookie cutter.

Update: This was a perfect book for the beach as the pages just turned themselves, plus it has a great cover that just begs to be thrown in the beach bag. If you think about reading this, be sure to read the first book. "Fortunate Harbor" continues the story of Tracy, Janya, and Wanda, three friends who live in a defunct resort c
Gloria Bernal
The continuation of Happiness Key novel which weaves together the lives of several women living in cottages along the shore. They each have their own drama going on. A newcomer to the key cottages is Dana and her daughter Lizzie, who rent one of the vacant cottages. Dana is a private person, difficult to get to know, and harboring secrets of her own.

Wanda, one of the main colorful characters opens her own pie shop and hires Dana as an assistant and realizes that not all is as it seems with Dana
Aug 06, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
This is the sequel to Happiness Key. Tracy is facing some challenges with her relationship with Marsh- between his ex-wife returning and Tracy thinking she is seeing her ex-husband in the bushes, their relationship is on the rocks. When she finds out that CJ has been released from prison, she realizes that he really is lurking around and trying to worm his way back into her life. Her friends and tenants have their own issues. Wanda's restaurant changes hands and she quits in disgust over the mis ...more
Nancy Carty Lepri
When newcomer Dana Turner comes to town with daughter Lizzie, Happiness Key neighbor Wanda suggests they rent the empty cottage. Then when Wanda is fired from her long-held waitressing job she decides to open a shop baking pies, which is a passion of hers. She hires Dana to become her manager and though she tries to get closer to the stranger, Dana is very reticent. The other women of the development also feel something is amiss and start looking for clues.

Meanwhile, CJ, scoundrel ex-husband to
Jun 16, 2013 Sallee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A fun romance with enough intrigue to keep things interesting. Richards creates believable characters you quickly begin to care about. Fortunate Harbor is part of a series set on the Florida coast. The four friends expand their close-knit group to bring a new neighbor in, but Dana Turner doesn't open up enough, causing the friends to wonder just what it is she's hiding, and why she moves so frequently that her young daughter can't form lasting friendships either. The amateur sleuths get assistan ...more
Kalendra Dee
Sep 10, 2013 Kalendra Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The sequel to Happiness Key finds Tracy Deloche thinking she’s hallucinating when she sees her ex-husband, who is supposed to be in prison, skulking around Happiness Key. Her boyfriend and lover, Marsh, is fighting his own battles when his ex-wife shows up and claims she wants to be a mother to their son. Tracy’s tenants and friends have problems of their own. Janya Kapur, a young Indian woman in an arranged marriage, thought that she and her husband were growing closer. Now, however, he seems t ...more
Jennifer Worry
Dec 27, 2014 Jennifer Worry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have not read the first book in this series, but thankfully that does not interfere with the ability of enjoying this novel. It is a wonderful story of friendship among 5 women who are all facing different challenges in life. They are a tight knit group of people who stand strong together and are fiercely protective of each other. Each woman is facing serious issues within her own life, and they all depend upon each other to get through these struggles. Even though this is the case this book i ...more
Mar 13, 2013 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The driving forces of the book is the secret that Dana is keeping and the real reason CJ, Tracy’s ex, is back in town. These storylines were what kept me interested. I liked the women themselves too, but wish I had read the first book in the trilogy. It wasn’t hard to keep everyone straight, but I may have been more engaged in the story if I knew where each of them was coming from. I think because of that the first half of the book dragged a bit for me. By the second half I was into it and more ...more
Sep 21, 2011 Suka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I was reading this book, some details seemed very familiar to me, but I knew that I had never read it before. After a few chapters, I realized that it was the sequel to "Happiness Key" that I had read awhile ago. I found the continuation of the original story very interesting, although it is not necessary to read the first to enjoy the second. I hope there is a third book in the series and, if so, another romantic interest is introduced, because I'm not crazy about Marsh and I really don't th ...more
Nov 01, 2010 Lynda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was better than book one but still not up to par with her other series. Several plot lines overlap with Wanda opening a pier bakery, Jahna's attempt to strengthen her marriage and have a baby, along with a mystery surrounding new resident Dana Turner and her daughter Lizzie nad Tracey's problems with the return of her ex-husband. Parts of the book were good but it is still very formulaic - Friendship books are in so follow the format.
Tracy Ralls
Oct 02, 2012 Tracy Ralls rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was initially interested in this book because it was by the same author as "Iron Lace", which I deeply loved. This story is entirely different than expected and I was engrossed from the start. I read these books out of order, unknowingly and am reading the first book now. The characters are real and it is impossible not to care and wonder what will happen next to this group of unlikely friends. I recommend this to all the ladies!
Massanutten Regional Library
Jennifer, Grottoes patron, June 2015, 5 stars:

A delightful sequel to Happiness Key. An easy summer read with a surprising twist of mystery. Delightful to follow the bond of
these friends from such different backgrounds and circumstances.
Jul 06, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Happiness Key series. I like this series because it takes place in Florida & the author knows Florida! The descriptions are pretty accurate, so I wasn't mad the whole time about inaccuracies..It's a nice story about women coming together from all walks of's a nice book to get lost in..
Jul 15, 2010 Lizz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to Happiness Key and introduces Dana and Lizzie, a mother and daughter who have been on the run and obviously have something to hide. The book picks up the plot lines that didn't get tied up in the first book and moves along at a nice pace. If there isn't another book coming in this series I'll eat my ear because not everything has been tied up.
Jul 25, 2011 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the second book in Richards' Happiness Key trilogy. It continues the story of Tracy, Janya, Wanda and Alice; and it introduces Dana Turner and her daughter, Lizzie, who move into the cottage vacated upon their neighbor Herb's death. The amateur sleuths delve into Dana's past. I'm looking forward to the next book. Again, this was a surprisingly good read.
I enjoyed this book and its characters. It reminded me of a Lifetime movie; which I love. I won't add it to the must read list but I was entertained. I wish I lived there with all of my best friends next door.
Easy to read and enjoyable. I was glad to get back to this "Happiness Key" place with characters I had enjoyed in the first book. There is some mystery in this one too, but basically it is a feel-good book about friendship and love and values.
Nov 05, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good, intriguing story. I liked this one even better than Happiness Key and am looking forward to the next one in this series. Characters and plot are both interesting and Emilie always comes up with an unusual storyline.
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