Title: Fifty Million Reasons
Publish Date: Dec 4, 2013
Review Copy Provided By: The author in exchange for an honest reviewAngela has typical lottery-player plans: help friends and family, give more to charity, and escape her rut. But when she wins big, she faces angry relatives, her own unexpected greed, and a lawsuit from the person who put her in that rut. Almost nobody treats her normally, and they've got fifty million reasons not to.
She can buy anything she wants now, but can she buy the life she needs?
That is my short concise review. If you want to know more...Angela is a travel writer who plays the lottery and has a very giving heart, but when she wins big things start to change in her life.
I think this book can be summed up with one song...Cyndi Lauper's Money Changes Everything. Heather Wardell does a bang up job making her characters feel like people that you know and love. I adored Angela, though there were times when I wanted to choke her (when she took back her ex). But that's how it is with family. You love them and you want to give them a swift kick sometimes.
What remained constant with Angela was her wanting to do good with her winnings. Yes, she wanted nice things for herself but she wanted help her family and friends, despite some nasty things happening to her, including a family member turning on her.
Heather researched this book well. Anything you've seen mentioned about the lives of lottery winners, well...it is in here.
Some may try to put this book in the category of chicklit, but it isn't. That would consign this book to the fluff pile and Heather Wardell doesn't do fluff. This book, like all her others, will tug at your heart strings, make you laugh and probably make you cry. It is also a book you won't want to put down.
Rating: 5 flowers