- Title Million Dollar Question
- Author Ellie Campbell
- Year 2015
- Genres Mystery, Romance
Just as a huge financial scandal throws New Yorker, Olivia Wheeler, from wealth and success to bankruptcy and shame, struggling impoverished single-mother Rosie Dixon wins an unexpected million pounds. Good luck? Bad luck? Who can tell? Both women have more in common than they realize. While Olivia struggles to survive her humiliations, fleeing broke and homeless to London, shy unassuming Rosie discovers sudden riches arrive with their own mega-load of problems. Can workaholic career-obsessed Olivia find a passion for something earthier and warmer than power and prestige? And can Rosie sift through envy and greed to discover true friends, true family and even true love?
I read this one through to the end but having come out the other side, I’m not sure I totally enjoyed it. The fundamental concept is an interesting one - compare and contrast the fortunes of someone who had money and lost it all, against someone who didn’t have much to her name and then won a fortune. But the execution didn’t quite work for me, mostly because our two heroines weren’t actually in each other’s stories until the very end.
But I did follow these two paths as they wound close to each other without actually touching, and it was interesting to think of some of the things people do when they either find themselves suddenly able to book a holiday or escape to Scotland at the drop of a hat, or discover they suddenly have to start from scratch all over again. Turns out, neither are particularly fun.
Rating: 2 / 5