Friday, 31 March 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Windfall

*I was sent this book by Netgalley in return for an honest review. This does not affect my opinions on this book. 

Title: Windfall
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Series: N/A
Service: Netgalley
Release Date: 04/05/2017
Pages: 320
Format: Kindle PDF

Rating:★★★

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Goodreads blurbAlice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes. 


At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall. 


As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined . . . and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.



A contemporary book set in Chicago with a trio of, mostly, lovable teens who strike lucky and win the lottery. However money can be both a blessing and a curse and it isn't long until they all begin to feel the strain.  The synopsis of this book really pulled me in and I am relieved to say that it did not disappoint me. 

Jennifer E. Smith has done a wonderful job of creating characters that you can both love and feel irritated by. The development of Alice, Teddy and Leo throughout, not only the lottery win but other challenges they faced, felt believable and left me wanting to know more about each of their stories. 

Although romance is a key player in the plot what I loved most about Windfall is how it did not become the only thing that was focused on. It is a book that focuses on familial love as much as it does romantic love and each of the main characters begin their own journey of self discovery that leads them to understand themselves better. This was essential to moving the plot and was interspersed seamlessly from start to finish. 

The book is set over 6 months however the pacing did not feel rushed and allowed me to get into the story well enough to see how things panned out over this course of time. An emotional rollercoaster that had me both chuckling and tugging at my heart strings. 

I fully recommend Windfall to anyone who wants a contemporary novel about luck, love and finding yourself.

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