Pieces of Happiness

Pieces of Happiness : A Novel of Friendship, Hope and Chocolate

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I've planted my feet on Fijian earth and I intend to stay here until the last sunset . Why don't you join me? Leave behind everything that didn't work out!

When recently-widowed Kat writes to her four old school friends, inviting them to live with her on a cocoa plantation in the South Pacific, they swap icy pavements and TV dinners for a tropical breeze and an azure-blue ocean. Leaving behind loneliness, dead-end jobs and marriages that have gone sour, they settle into the Women's House, surrounded by palms and cocoa trees; and locals with the puzzling habit of exploding into laughter for no discernible reason.

Each of the women has her issues to resolve, and secrets to keep. But together the friends find a new purpose, starting a business making chocolate: bittersweet, succulent pieces of happiness. As they embrace a new culture that views ageing so differently from their own, will they learn to accept and forgive: to discover the value of friendship, and a better way to live?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 21mm | 241g
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781784162795
  • 1,070,127

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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.
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If you loved The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, then Pieces of Happiness should be on your reading list. Five friends in their 60s, all battered by life, seek refuge on Fiji and start a chocolate farm. * Good Housekeeping * 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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About Anne Ostby

Anne Ostby is a journalist and novelist who has lived all over the world, including four years in Fiji. She is the author of a number of novels published in her native Norway, and one other novel published in English, Town of Love. She now lives in East Timor with her husband.
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