Sunset Bridge {review} and giveaway

Title: Sunset Bridge (A Happiness Key Novel #3)
Author: Emilie Richards
Publisher: Mira
Publication Date: June 21, 2011
arc, 510 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-7783-1238-3

Summary: Former socialite Tracy Deloche has nothing to her name but five ramshackle beach cottages and the unlikely friendships she's formed with her tenants. Wanda, wise waitress turned popular pie-shop owner. Janya, the young Indian wife whose arranged marriage surprises her every day. Alice, a widow raising her complex tween-age granddaughter. And Maggie, Wanda's daughter, a former Miami cop with a love life as complicated as Tracy's own.
The new man in Tracy's life hasn't mentioned love or commitment— and Tracy has just discovered she's pregnant. Janya longs to be a mother—and suddenly has two young siblings in her care. Maggie helps out at Wanda's Wonderful Pies…but is the kitchen big enough for both Gray women? And Alice may lose her beloved granddaughter to someone no one expected….
As a tropical storm brews, the wind carries surprises and secrets over the bridge to Happiness Key. Now, more than ever, five friends will discover just how much they need one another.

Sunset Bridge by Emilie Richards in the third book in the Happiness Key Novels. The book centers around a  myriad of fantastic characters and a few story lines that take place in the quaint little town of Happiness Key. I love the chemistry between the characters especially the women. They're drawn together despite their various background and ages. They have an enviable friendship. My favorite character is Wanda. She is a spunky lady with an affinity to make delicious pies. Her character made me drool. Literally. Every time she was in the kitchen making pies, my stomach growled. Wanda and her daughter, Maggie don't see eye to eye on a lot of things. Maggie moves back after events in her personal and professional life leave her questioning her life's direction. Maggie is quick to make friends with Tracy. They are sorta in the same 'not sure what to do next' boat. Life has thrown them a few lemons and they don't know what to do with them. Maggie is also helping to solve the mystery of Janya's friends unexpected disappearance. This is one of those books that I picked up and thought to myself I'll just read a few chapters and before I knew it, I was almost finished with the book. I love all the story lines. They are all so interesting, mysterious, heartwarming and funny. Even though there are elements of mystery and suspense in this book, it's a character driven novel. I love how the characters interact with each other. They are there for each other through the good, the bad and the ludicrous. This is a great summer read. It's fast paced and delightful. Sunset Bridge is the third book in the Happiness Key novels. The first two are Happiness Key and Fortunate Harbor. I have not read the first two books yet. However Emilie Richards did a fantastic job. I did not feel lost at all when reading this story. She gives you a twitter version on past events when necessary. I do want to go back and read the first two books because I fell in love with Happiness Key and would love to read more about the characters in these books. If you are looking for a great summer read you should check this book out. I highly recommend it.

Happiness Key
Fortunate Harbor
Sunset Bridge

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*I received a copy of this book for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Thanks to Planned TV Arts I have an extra ARC of Sunset Bridge to giveaway to one lucky person. All you have to do to enter is:
1. Read my giveaway policy
2. Be over 13 years old
3. Fill out the form below
4. Giveaway ends July 7, 2011
5. This is for US/CA addresses only