New Money

Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
A young Southern woman of modest means suddenly finds herself thrust into New York's high society when she discovers that she is the illegitimate daughter of a recently-deceased billionaire Savannah Morgan always had high hopes. She dreamed of becoming a writer and escaping her South Carolina town, where snooty debutantes looked down on her for not having a closet-full of Lilly Pulitzer and aspiring further than chairing a society ball one day. But at twenty-four, she's become a frustrated ex-cheerleader who lives with her mother and wonders if rejecting a marriage proposal was a terrible mistake. But Savannah's world is turned upside-down when she learns that the father she never knew is Edward Stone, a billionaire media mogul who has left Savannah his fortune on the condition that she move to Manhattan and work at his global news corporation. Putting aside her mother's disapproval, Savannah dives head-first into a high-class life of wealth and luxury that's threatened by Edward's other children, the infuriatingly arrogant Ned and his sharp-tongued sister, Caroline, whose joint mission is to get rid of Savannah, with the help of their icy socialite mother. Savannah's love life is also complicated by the move, and she eventually must decide between Jack, a smooth and charming real estate executive, and Alex, a handsome aspiring writer/actor. Now Savannah's must navigate a thrilling but treacherous city while she tries to figure out what kind of man her father truly was. Lorraine Zago Rosenthal's New Money is a keenly observed, fun yet wise peek into a world of privilege and glamour with a spirited and charming heroine at its center.


Reviewed: 2016-10-20

Well, mixed feelings on this one.  I liked the premise and the sympathetic heroine well enough, but could have been a lot funnier with more potential.


I also didn't realize it had a sequel when I checked it out of the library.  The sequel sounds like fills in more of the story, including her seeking answers about her father's dand the eath (not a spoiler, book opens with her getting her inheritance).


Whiff of a love triangle (which I seldom enjoy) that was fortunately quickly resolved.  A little too easily resolved as one love interest became the saintly underdog and the other the snobby class-ist douchebag.


It would have gotten another star if hadn't used some disliked tropes like slut shaming the BFF, a lesbian character dressing in combat boots with bad makeup, etc.  I have DNF'ed other books for less.


My rating was likely influenced because I generally like the rags-to-riches and Cinderalla type of stories. 


The writing and editing were fine, but despite being mainstream published the story itself reminded me of many self published works.  I think because flow wasn't great -- seemed improbable (or un-researched) in places and very stream of consciousness reality in others.


I do want to know what's next.  But not enough to pay current basically hardcover price if doesn't come to my library or drop to normal paperback price range.  

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