Fate and Ms. Fortune

Author: Saralee Rosenberg

Publisher: Avon

Release Date: August 2006

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: PRINT

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Robin Fortune has no idea that her life is about to change.  She’s recently divorced, but got to keep all of her ex’s gambling debts, seeing as how he’s now in jail. She works as a make-up artist for a demanding news anchor, moonlights as a cosmetology teacher, and dreams of leaving it behind to do her stand-up comedy routine on Showtime.  When she accepts the invite to celebrate her cousin’s bar mitzvah and perform her comedy act, she doesn’t expect what happens next.  She expected her parents and brother’s family to be less than thrilled about being the material for her show. She didn’t expect her mother to storm out and announce that she was leaving her husband, and moving into Robin’s apartment.  The cute man her niece told her was waiting for her was a nice surprise though – until she met his pregnant wife, and found out they wanted to set her up with his brother, Ken, who wins the award for worst string of luck.


Ken is the classic example of had it all, lost it all. He’s tall, dark, and handsome, a world-class skier who made law review. He married a beautiful medical resident, and was the top guy in the legal department at Showtime. Then fate decided enough was enough; Ken lost his best friend on 9/11, his wife left him for another man, and he spent weeks in a coma following a skiing accident.  Robin isn’t too crazy about the idea of dating Ken, and her life is getting weirder by the minute. Her parents like being separated, her mother is redecorating and inviting the neighbors over for mah-jongg, and her boss has foisted his stepdaughter off on her as an assistant. She agrees to a date when Ken’s sister-in-law offers to pay her, only to find out that Ken is her old college crush, and that their paths have been crossing since before they were born.


The story that unfolds is a hilarious and touching account of Ken and Robins discovery of how intertwined their lives have been, and leaves Robin wondering if she simply had bad luck, or just made some bad choices with the good life she’s been given.


‘Fate and Ms. Fortune’ is laugh-out-loud funny, and the characters romance and discovery of their history is enjoyable. Robin’s stand-up material is a riot, you can easily imagine her delivering it in a club. This is a great book for all of us comedy channel fans, I look forward to reading more of Ms. Rosenberg’s books.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Leigh O

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