Fifty Million Reasons. Heather Wardell.
Fifty Million Reasons. Heather Wardell.
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews.
I’ve read three of Heathers books now and loved them all. I love romance that has that bit extra, that makes me think about characters and their problems, that seems real and that has lots of emotion, where characters go through ups and downs in their relationships. Once again this book delivers all that.
Who hasn’t planned what they’d do if they one the lottery? I know I have, its what I often think of on those nights when sleep eludes me. Well, the lead character here, Angela, has also done that, but when she wins fifty million dollars she finds its not the simple happy task she thought it would be.
Angela’s a great lead, compassionate and caring, she has developed a little habit of doing a good deed when she can, so things like secretly paying for the burger for the next person in the drive-in are routine to her. She gets pleasure from thinking she may just have brightened someone’s day. Then she wins the lottery and its like all hell breaks lose. At the shop where she checks her numbers complete strangers demand she at least pays for their shopping, she’s subject to harassment wherever she goes, by crowds of people all wanting either direct cash or funding for something and the junk mail, her phone literally never stops ringing or telling her she’s a text…..then to top it her ex from years past – the days when she thought he was The One and she’d be happily married and with a family by now – shows up demanding a share. Even her relatives are making her life a misery. She’s always vowed money wouldn’t change her – and she tries hard to stay the same, but gradually it all seeps at her and she’s really down at times.
I loved Angela, such a kind and caring person and my plans run along hers – so if ever I do win I’ll think of her…anyway she’s good friends with divorcee John who lives with his young son Zack in the apartment above hers. She often sits with Zack while John’s working, they share takeaways and Call of Duty etc. matches, and they look after her precious bonsai while she’s travelling for her job. John – such a great guy, but then we learn he has problems too. As do some of her closest friends – with all that money she could wipe out their financial woes and bring happiness, but its not that easy. They worry it will change their friendship and they value that first. That’s so true – how relationships can change if one feels they “owe” the other, and I understood the problems from both sides. The family though – that was a real shocker and yet when we read how Wills cause such family stress I don’t think it should have been such a surprise to me 🙂 she was surprised at herself and unhappy when she started to find it hard to give away cash….I guess when you’ve that security there seeing the 000’s is a kind of warmth and knowledge you’ll not have to go back to scrimping.
What I really love about HW novels are they are full of story, not just the sweet man meets woman and they live Hea but more, people that have other things and problems going on, that we see the psychology behind their actions and understand them on a deeper level. Each of the three I’ve read have been very different, and yet all three have a story that takes basic human nature and shows how it can vary according to external influences. That its not just the person, but the circumstances that so often shape behaviour. I love that sort of thing. Of course they all have a beautiful romance too, and not necessarily ending with the person who seemed perfect at first. She lets her leads have flaws, make mistakes and they learn from them and find true romance through it. Priced at £3.14for 316 pages its excellent value, and will join my keepers file for re reading.
Stars: Well written of course, with lots in the story that got me thinking…five of course 🙂
ARC supplied by Netgalley