by Jennifer Crusie, Eileen Dreyer, Anne Stuart

July 2007
ISBN: 0-312-94098-X
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

After their parents were killed, the three Fortune sisters went into hiding. Moving from town to town under assumed names, they lost the connection to their heritage and had no one to help them learn to control their powers. Now they are dysfunctional witches who cannot master their gifts. And their Aunt Xantippe is still searching for them, still plotting to take their powers and twist them to her own use.

Xan has finally discovered the best spell of all. She will send each sister her True Love, and by doing so, the sisters will be eager to leave their powers behind and live happily ever after. The spell itself is real, and each sister will meet her soul mate, but what happens after that is definitely not what Xan has planned.

What happens when three romance writers discuss collaborating over cocktails? Well in this case, the result is some pretty funny magic as Jennifer Crusie, Eileen Dreyer and Anne Stuart create The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes.

Dee, Mare and Lizzie O’Brien (their grandmother’s last name) have settled in Salem’s Fork, West Virginia, and tried to fit in. Dee works at the bank, Mare is the “Queen of the Universe” at the local Value Video, and Lizzie keeps the home fires burning while she tries her hand at alchemy. Their powers are more trouble than they are worth, and they all long for normalcy. But they can weather any storm as long as they have each other.

What happens when True Love arrives for each sister? To say that the results are explosive is pretty accurate. Curious readers will just have to pick up a copy for themselves. I had great fun reading this novel, and would certainly pick up another book by these talented writers. The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes is perfect summer reading.

Reviewed in June 2007 by Paula.