Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in this blog review. All opinions are my own.
Quick Summary of Lola's Money by Rosanna Rae. Lola French is stunned when she wins millions on the Lottery, and she is sure all her dreams are about to come true. However, right from the start, before she even claims her winnings, things begin to change and she separates abruptly and acrimoniously from the man she has been living with.
Lola’s colleagues are initially pleased for her, but eventually begin to resent her new status. One of them, Tom, whom she really likes, asks her out; but he does it on the day that news of her win spreads through the office and she sadly turns him down. She decides to leave her job as a Financial Adviser in Edinburgh and explore the limitless possibilities of her new lifestyle.
When Lola and her mother excitedly set off on a Mediterranean cruise, it’s not long before they both meet men they are interested in. However, their holiday of a lifetime catapults them into a life-changing sequence of dramatic and terrifying events that neither of them will ever forget. When she has to return to reality, Lola unexpectedly finds herself involved with Tom again! But the storm clouds are looming overhead, and as the recent past catches up with her and forces her to confront violence and danger once more, Lola risks losing Tom forever.
Everyone knows a Lola. While you may not know a lottery jackpot winner; you likely know an average, everyday woman moving through daily life; seeking something "better". Readers may even see a lot of themselves in Lola. The character's realistic, simplistic, down-to-earth nature makes it easy to root for throughout the books' ups and downs--but, it also makes her seem a little too naive and child-like at times. Nonetheless, I think everyone knows someone like Lola and can see the events of this book happening in "real life" as well.
Lola's Money takes a fictional look at real human nature. Readers aren't going to find Lola and her mother transforming to jetsetting women of the world overnight. Readers are going to follow the story of two women finding themselves plopped into a situation in which they have no experience nor expectations--they are simply living their lives. While the money doesn't change Lola or her mother--the human forces at play around them cause changes. Self serving motives pop up with jealousy, greed and doubt as the women learn to navigate their newly found wealth and "status".
Would I recommend Lola's Money? Lola's Money isn't an action filled thriller--but, it does move quickly and the storyline flows well from the beginning to the end. While there is a little danger and deception; there aren't huge "a-ha moments" or death defying feats--just a story of the aftermath of an unexpected lottery win. I enjoyed Rosanna Rae's writing style and her characters. If you are seeking a thrilling romance or action packed drama--this isn't it--but, if you want to settle in for a well written, human nature story with ups and downs (and a reasonable ending)--add Lola's Money to your reading list.
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About the Author: Rosanna Rae is married with three grown-up sons and lives in Livingston, Scotland. She has a B.A. (Open) in Social Science subjects and also took a writing course with The Writers Bureau some years ago. She spent 16 years at home raising her family and then returned to full-time secretarial employment in Edinburgh.
Rosanna has wanted to write fiction since she was ten years of age, after reading an abridged version of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. She is delighted to be now fulfilling that early ambition.
'Lola's Money' is the author's fifth novel; she is currently writing her sixth book.
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