Monday, December 20, 2010

Molly’s Millions – A Review


Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by Alison and Busby with the assistance of Books International for review. The views expressed here are honest and are in no way influenced by the author or the publishers.

Synopsis

Hard-up florist Molly Bailey has just won a fortune in the National Lottery. And she wants to get rid of it - fast! Tom Mackenzie is on the verge of losing his job. He needs one hell of a story if he hopes to secure his future in journalism. And his luck may have just come in. With a strong belief that sharing her good fortune is the only way forward, Molly unwittingly becomes the most sought-after person in the country as she distributes her wealth to the masses. With only her terrier pup, Fizz, and her trusty Beetle for company, Molly embarks on the journey of her life. But with Tom hot on her heels, will she succeed before her family and the media catch up with her? And, with Tom leading the pack, would that really be such a bad thing?

My review

What would you do if you won the lottery? Perhaps you would reward yourself with a new house and car, splurge on items that were considered out of your financial reach and travel to practically anywhere in the world. The opportunities are indeed endless when a large sum of money is worked into the equation.  This is essentially the dilemma faced by Molly Bailey a struggling florist in rural England. Having taken a chance with luck, she has won the lottery and is now in a situation where she can do anything that she wants.  So what does the Molly do? She gives the money away to random strangers!

Molly’s Millions is a light read that moves quite quickly. The reader is exposed to England in a way that the English would be proud of; green rolling hills and tight knit communities in the country side, sprawling metropolis city landscape. Readers will enjoy meeting the characters and getting a bird’s eye view on English values whether they are traditional or contemporary.

Though the moral of the story is quite unconventional in this day and age, it does raise the theme of charity (albeit the ones that begin at home), kindness and goodwill.  At times you could tell that the author tried to strike a balance between these themes and those of greed but she was always careful to swing the proverbial pendulum to the good side, so much so that once a character behaved greedy or self seeking, the reader would definitely disapprove.

A book that is so ‘light’ in nature would have a few things that simply fell through the cracks; sub stories that were developed up to a point and then left the reader hanging.  However all of that is forgiven when the reader examines how nicely the book flowed. Everything seemed in its rightful place; even the humor which will from time to time surprise the readers.

Molly’s Millions is a nice, light choice and would be an excellent book to keep close by so that whenever you are on a long commute or if you simply feel like reading, you have Molly's Millions to keep you company.

2 comments:

mike draper said...

Nice summary of the book.
Mike Draper

Cozy in Texas said...

This sounds like a lovely read. I often think about winning the lottery although I don't actually buy a ticket. My choices would be to buy some land for a no-kill animal shelter and start a charity shop for our local crisis pregnancy center. Two of my passions.
Ann

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