Book Reviews: The Fortune Cookie by Lea Rene
|5 stars, 3 reviews|
Lea Reneabout this book: Reading books and creative writing was always a part of my life. I'd often sit and lose myself in the pages of a good romance novel or write poetry, prose or short stories. It was my way of escaping from the real world... the world in which I was trapped and didn't know how to escape. I was in a lengthy abusive relationship, gave birth to four children and life seemed to be passing me by.
I'm now out from under and living my life's dream. I just finished my first novel and I'm working on my second. You know the old saying that authors write best about what they know. I find that so true. That's what inspired THE FORTUNE COOKIE. I took bits and pieces of my life and expounded on particular situations, turning fact into fiction. In THE FORTUNE COOKIE, my heroin, Robyn Prentiss falls prey to an imposter, a man who lives a double life and is married to two different women at the same time. They live in different cities, so the imposter thinks he's a step ahead of everyone else in the game. What most people don't know, is that's exactly what my real-life husband did. His double identity wasn't revealed until his death.
When my husband died of massive heart attack and the doctor gave me the news, my first thought was OH MY GOD, I'M FREE1 My second thought was, OH MY GOD, HOW AM I GOING TO MAKE IT ON MY OWN. I struggled with inner conflicts, but I made it. And I'm stronger and happier than I ever have been in the past.
The characters in my book face real-to-life situations, finding themselves caught in a web of lies, betrayal and murder. In the midst of confusion, the reader catches glimpses of the true meaning of unconditional love combined with a sprinkle of mysticism when a message found in a fortune cookie predicts the future of Michael Stewart and Robyn Prentiss. My characters may be strong-willed, but has the imposter changed their destiny? Will the fortune cookie reveal a second message?
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I Loved this bookI am not an avid reader but The Fortune Cookie kept me wanting to know what was coming next. The charm of a small town and the closeness of the neighbors. [by Carol Blankenship]
Lost in the Pages of this BookI totally enjoyed losing myself in the pages of this book. I like the way the author combined love, betrayal, greed, murder and revenge. It's definitely not your typical boy meets girl love story. Instead, the plot seems to twist and turn, the story keeping the reader wanting to know more. It takes place in a small rural town in the south. The characters struggle with real-to-life inner conflicts and situations, which makes them come to life. The Fortune Cookie tells it all… with just the right amount of romance to make your heart pound and your soul sing. [by Pamela Sherry]
I Couldn't Put It DownOnce I started reading The Fortune Cookie, I couldn't put it down. I like the way the author kept me in suspense, wanting to know more, right up to the very end. The characters suffer with real-life inner-conflicts, so the more I read, the more I became involved with them. The story takes place in a small town in South Carolina... a rural setting of southern charm, but is invaded by a touch of big-city crime. I felt like I was in a vacuum funnel, with danger spinning around me. I like the touch of mysticism which brings an air of ambiguity to the story. A fortune cookie predicts the future of Robyn and Michael, the two main characters. But their lives don't seem to go down that path... and another fortune cookie reveals another message. I guess that's all I can say without taking away the mystery. I am looking forward to more from this author. [by Chris Meunier]
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