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Who hasn't dreamed of winning the lottery? I have, and even though I don't ever buy tickets, I like to fantasize about what I'd do with my hypothetical winnings. In Fifty Million Reasons, Angela's dreams of winning the lottery come true.
But becoming a multimillionaire overnight isn't as easy as she expected. Suddenly, Angela is inundated with requests, and sometimes outright demands, for her money. People are coming out of the woodwork, old acquaintances and strangers alike, asking for money for outrageous causes. Angela quickly finds out who her true friends are and who sees her as a means to an end, or as she cleverly terms it: "a walking wallet."
Fifty Million Reasons is an emotional journey for Angela as she merges her new way of life with her old one. Everything has changed: her relationships with her friends and family, her love life, and her career. Angela struggles to find the right balance between living comfortably and giving extravagantly. I loved Angela right from the first page, admiring her giving spirit (which she had even before she won) and her kind personality. Her decisions regarding how to spend the money surprised me, but I respected her for them.
Wardell excels at creating likable characters whom I can always easily relate to. It's easy to see myself in her characters, imagining how I'd react in their situations. That's my favorite thing about contemporary fiction: that escape into the characters' lives. Wardell writes emotional, moving stories that never fail to make me look at my own life differently, and often compel me to change my behavior (which is no easy feat, and certainly not something I expect when I pick up a fiction novel). Whether it's looking at my spending habits (inspired by Good to Myself), standing up for myself (like Larissa in Pink is a Four-Letter Word) or giving generously to others, like Angela in Fifty Million Reasons, I always finish Wardell's books with the inspiration to make a positive change in my own life. I love that her writing, plots, and likable characters continually inspire me!
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Posted January 2, 2015
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Fifty Million Reasons (Toronto Series Book 13) by Heather Wardell is a story of life-changing proportions. Angela is just a normal woman. She writes for a wine magazine, she lives in a flat with her Bonsai trees and she buys a lottery ticket every week. She also pays it forward. Once a week, she buys coffee for someone in the queue behind her. Then she wins the lottery - $50 million tax free Canadian dollars. She has plans to help her family and her friends, but she is stunned by the greed and desperation – her own as well as that of members of her family. A lawsuit from an unexpected quarter knocks her back further and she turns to one of the few people who doesn’t treat her any differently. Angela has some big decisions to make but will she make the right ones?
Fifty Million Reasons (Toronto Series Book 13) by Heather Wardell was a stunning book. Not only did it have a great storyline and incredibly likeable characters, it also touched deeply on a subject I’m sure we’ve all talked about. How do you deal with becoming a multi-millionaire overnight? Heather has covered every problem that most of us would have to deal with if faced with that situation, and has shown us that having more money than you know what to do with doesn’t necessarily bring happiness! Excellent story, written in a highly engaging manner. Looking forward to reading more from Heather Wardell.
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Posted May 8, 2015
I really enjoyed it. People dream about winning the lottery and how much your life would change. But I never considered how winning the lottery might change me as a person. Having pinched pennies most of my life I could really identify with the main character as she had to "learn" how to be wealthy! The characters were believable and compelling. I have recommended this book to friends.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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