Review: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Challenge criteria: A book published in 2017

(Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher, My Kinda Book, in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my opinion of the book, nor the outcome of this review.)

Blurb:

Alice 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.

What I liked:

I loved Alice. She was probably my favourite character of all in this book.

The idea of a lotto win is fantastic – who among us can say they haven’t got their dream lotto win shopping list laid out? It’s done very realistically too – is an 18 year old going to open a college fund?

There are some pretty heavy topics in this story – bereavement, grief, addiction, heartbreak, and they’re all done very well and handled perfectly.

What I didn’t like:

I felt like the action kicked in maybe a little too early, and we didn’t get enough of an introduction to the characters and their stories.

I feel like this book ended in the middle. That is to say, there is definitely more to the story, and I would have loved it to continue. Perhaps if the action wasn’t as rushed, I would have warmed to Teddy a little more.

The book was maybe laid out a little awkwardly. The lotto win came quite soon into the book and I would have liked this pushed back maybe a little so we could have time to know and meet the characters in this story.

I had hoped the ARK aspects of it would appear more often in the story. I’d loved to have seen more of them.

Out of five:

Three and a half. Overall, a great story but perhaps with a little more to give, and a few characters who fell a little by the wayside too much for me.

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One thought on “Review: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

  1. The loto win is a new,different angle.I have never read a book featuring a lottery win.It does sound like it had an interesting premise but ended up a bit rushed.I wish the win was delayed as you said and not revealed on the blurb.Perhaps a bit of mystery/anticipation to find out who gets what would have helped.I love the cover though.Fan review.

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