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.
Lola's Money is labelled as contemporary women's fiction, but I always prefer to use the term "chic lit." It refers to a style of fiction writing aimed particularly at the women's market and it's meant to be light, enjoyable, fun and wonderful escapism. Author Scottish author Rosanna Rae brings us a story that is just that - a great read to whisk you away from life's demands.
The story-line follows a twisted plot divided into three sections - what happens in main character Lola French's life after winning the lottery, plot twists and turns that arise when she and her mother embark on a cruise, and then lastly dramatic, unexpected troubles that arise once she is back home.
What I actually loved best about this book was the opening story-line that follows Lola French's lottery win. While initially a celebrated event, we learn that not all the fallout is pleasant. Rae really manages to bring home how suddenly coming into wealth can affect your relationships with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Things shift in a way that is totally out of one's control and those who treat you the same are few are far between.
From there we head on a wild journey that features adventure in foreign lands, evil intentions, love lost and found, and in the end great danger. So set aside an evening in your favourite comfy chair and if you are so inclined, add a nice glass of wine to sip.
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Meet The Author
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.
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