Book review, The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes

The Blurb

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 creating in the universe and his heart…

The youngest Miss Fortune, Mare, towers above her sisters but her telekinetic power is dwarfed by their gifts. She spends her days at Value Video!! and her nights contemplating the futility of her existence. But then a gorgeous Value Video!! VP and Mare’s long-lost love turn up…and they all turn up the heat on a weekend that no Fortune will soon forget

What did I enjoy the most?Cover of The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes romance novel

I liked the way the characters felt like family. The main story was fun and the romances were hot and believable. The sisters were different from each other in the way real sisters are, but fiercely loyal when it came down to the crisis.

What did I learn from the book?

I learned about tying together three stories so that they seem like one. The main story is about the magic and the crisis with the aunt, but each sister has her own story. Each wants a different future and each feels differently about their magic.

I would be tempted to treat each sister as a sub-plot, but that wouldn’t have done justice to the characters. The three authors found a way to weave 4 plots together and include a couple of fun subplots along the way.

I’m embarking the journey of writing a series of romances that need to be separate stories but have a common thread. Reading this book has given me some ideas about how to keep the four stories alive without weakening the main romance of each book.

The bottom line

I love Jennifer Crusie and now I will be buying some ebooks from Anne Stuart and Eileen Dreyer. I recommend any of these authors to readers who want some humor and some sizzle with their romance.