Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press-Thomas Dunne Books (September 10, 2013)
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Author: Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
Cupcake Rating: A great cupcake with sprinkles on top!
Synopsis (taken from author’s website):
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.
After reading Book Mama’s review on this book, I knew I wanted to read it, too! Who doesn’t love a great Cinderella story?! Thankfully, the publisher was able to send me a copy to read and review, which couldn’t have come at a better time! Sick in bed this past weekend, I read this book over the weekend and can’t wait to read the sequel!
I must admit, I was a bit surprised that this book isn’t classified as, “chick-lit”, too. I love chick-lit and this book has all the elements for a great chick-lit book! Nonetheless, it doesn’t change my opinion of this book and how much I enjoyed reading about Savannah and her journey transitioning from Southern debutante reject to New York heiress.
Savannah is not perfect, and when she experiences a little trouble as library assistant and quits her job, she is faced with the overwhelming guilt of trying to find a job to help pay the bills. Her friend, Tina, a rich, small town girl, never forgets that friends can’t be bought and that money doesn’t make you happy. However, that is her truth….not Savannah’s.
Savannah feels the pressure of trying to make ends meet with her mom and is quite surprised to find out that she is left an unbelievable fortune and can work at a dream job, in New York. Savannah reminded me a little bit of Andy in, The Devil Wears Prada, as she tries to figure out how to navigate through the city, find her way at work, and learns some valuable lessons about herself and her choices.
While there isn’t a lot of character development with Kitty, I adored her!! She is a smart, savvy, business woman, who happens to be married to Savannah’s step-brother (and nemesis). She runs a successful magazine (online and in print), exudes confidence, has strong ethics and values, and is a woman not to be messed with. She oversees Savannah’s work as assistant and helps bring the family together, despite their egos and issues surrounding money. Both Caroline and Ned are more concerned about the money not left to them, than the fact that their father was possibly murdered. However, as the storyline progresses, Lorraine shows a more vulnerable side to both step-children and shows how people become who they are because of circumstances and choices…not always related to money.
New Money is a great story that will have you rooting for Tina-she is one hot mess in the city, and for Kitty-who is blinded to some of the family secrets. Nonetheless, they both learn and grow from it. Savannah, while she makes some huge changes, realizes she has more to learn and becomes willing to be mentored by Kitty and aims to be a better friend, daughter, and girlfriend.
While this is not chick-lit (I already mentioned that), it does give you this “feel good” vibe when you finish the book. There are some challenges along the way, as Savannah grows into her role as heiress and sister, and you can’t help but root for her along the way!
While there wasn’t much closure surrounding the suspicious death of her father, and it’s never explained who the man with the interesting birthmark is, there are some surprises along the way that help bring some clarity to possibly a motive for the death. I was also hoping to learn more about Tony (Savannah’s driver), and hope he fulfills his dream with some little help from Savannah in the next book!! I’d also love to see how Tina grows into her own person, finds love, and gains some respect from her Daddy. The book certainly left me wanting more and I can’t wait for the next book!
Overall, it’s a great read and will have you wanting New Money, too!
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