☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
About the Book:
Lexi, Callie, and Hanna Breaux grew up in small-town Louisiana, and have always struggled to make ends meet. For years, they’ve been playing the lottery, fantasizing about how much better life would be if they had the money.
For Lexi, it means the perfect wedding; for Callie, it means having the courage to go after her career dreams; and for Hanna, it means buying a house that isn’t falling apart and sending her bullied son to private school. When the incredible happens and the Breaux sisters hit it big—$204 million dollars big—all their dreams come true. Or so they think. Because it’s actually not a cliché—money isn’t the answer to everything, and it often comes with problems of its own.
Heartfelt, engaging, and featuring characters you’ll root for from the first moment you meet them, Louisiana Lucky is a satisfying page-turner from a rising star in women’s fiction.
Louisiana Lucky by Julie Pennell is a delightful, lightweight read. The Mary Poppins’ song, “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”, applies to Louisiana Lucky in that there are so strong messages about money not buying happiness and being careful about you wish for that are easily consumed given the sweetness of the Breaux sisters.
Breaux sisters Lexi, Callie and Hanna are each delightful and their sibling attachment and support is sweet. They and their family are just scraping by. Sometimes their monthly investment in three lottery tickets required scraping together the coins at the bottom of their purse and forgoing a full tank of gas. Their banter is infectious and the dialogue is authentic. So, when the girls get lucky one Thursday evening, I couldn’t help but be swept up in their excitement. However, as soon as the girls get their check, the pitfalls of quickly and publicly becoming very wealthy become apparent. Whether it is about being caught up in buying up what they think they need to be like the people whose lives they covet or being romantically pursued solely for their new wealth, all three sisters learn just how wealthy they were before winning the lottery. Yes, the plot might be somewhat predictable, but the characters make Louisiana Lucky a fun read.
About the Author: Julie Pennell was born and raised in Louisiana. After graduating from college, she headed to New York to work at Seventeen magazine. She currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband and young son, and is a regular contributor to TODAY.com. Her writing has also appeared in The Knot, In Style, and Refinery29. She is the author of The Young Wives Club and Louisiana Lucky.
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