Published by Holly Leaf Press on Dec 4, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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Angela 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?
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I wrote my top ten books of the year list too early. I need to rewrite it to include this book. This is more than just the chicklit romance that I thought it would be. There was so much reality imbedded in the story, and not all of it was pleasant.
Like most people, I think I know what I’d do if I won the lottery. I actually have fairly detailed plans for various prize levels, but none of my plans really take into account how others will treat me and my winnings. It’s not something I considered, but this book makes me see that there is a very possible downside to winning the lottery.
I was completely blown away by how rude and ignorant and entitled some people are. The way the other customers in the store treat Angela when she first finds out she won was unbelievable. I was bawling by the end of the scene, and did this several more times throughout the book.
Part of Angela’s life pre-lottery included doing small acts of kindness and charity to others, and it’s something she struggles with post-lottery because her prior acts just don’t seem like enough. I loved this element of the story, and not just because Angela’s pre-lottery habit of paying for the order behind her in the coffee drive-thru is something that I do personally. It really drives home the fact that each of us has the ability to brighten someone else’s day with a small gesture, and even if it doesn’t seem like a lot to you, it may be huge to them.
Overall, this was an amazing book, and I’m so glad I got to read it. It’s part of a series, but each book is a standalone story, with mostly just the setting in common. I like this, and have a few of the earlier books that I need to pick up and read. If they are like this one, they will be both heart breaking and heart warming.