Wednesday, July 27, 2011

#BookReview: Money Can't Buy Love - Connie Briscoe

How does one win five million dollars and lose it all in a year?  Even if you wasted a few hundred thousand on frivolities, you might be hard pressed to lose everything, unless you're Lenora Stone.  Then, anything is possible.

Working in a field she loves, photography, at a job she hates, a local magazine, Lenora dreams of having her own studio.  She also dreams of marrying her boyfriend of three years, Gerald.  Neither of those dreams seems remotely possible until the day she hits the lottery.

Suddenly, Gerald is ready to marry her. She's ready to open a new studio. And she's started an affair with Ray, a hot, young landscaper she photographed as one of her last assignments for the magazine.  And just as quickly as she gained those things, she lost them.

What did you like about this book?
At just under 300 pages, it was a quick read.

What didn't you like about this book?
Lenora was a dumb and unlikeable woman and, frankly, I have no patience for dumb, unlikeable women.  Her boyfriend, who had a history of cheating on her, could barely make time for her prior to winning the lottery.  As soon as she won it, he was ready to settle down.

In addition, the math didn't really add up for me.  Lenora bought a house, a car and a studio and that broke her? Even after taxes, she had a decent amount of money.  I don't feel like the author really did her homework on this.

Her friendships with her two best friends from college seemed very superficial.  Her relationship with her parents was almost non-existent.  Her relationships with people, in general, just seemed to be filled with drama.  Since she was the common factor in all of those relationships, I'd say she was the problem.

What could the author do to improve this book?
Create a more plausible story line with a likable lead character.

Published: June 2011

Theme: Mo Money, Mo Problems by Notorious Big featuring Puff and Mase

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