Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Louisiana Lucky, by Julie Pennell {ends 8/4}

Guest review by: Becki Bayley

“How did your coffee date with Martin go?” Callie asked Lexi, clearly trying to change the subject.

Lexi leaned forward. “He’s in! He’s coming to Brady on Monday to help us plan the wedding! We have so much work to do.”

“That’s amazing,” Callie said, rubbing her plum lips together. She then turned to Hanna. “How was your day? What did you do?”

She thought back to her shopping spree and how much money she had spent at the furniture store. In hindsight, it kind of made her sick to her stomach, but she reminded herself that twenty-seven thousand dollars right now was like pennies to her before she won the lottery. “Went to the mall and got some new workout clothes and furniture for the house.” She pushed her hair behind her ears, the scent of the eucalyptus oil the masseuse had used brushed against her nose. “But the highlight was the massage we all got this afternoon. Definitely considering making that a weekly thing.”

How does someone’s life change when a price tag is just a number and budget is no longer a limitation to anything? The lesson here is that it isn’t always a change for the good.

Official synopsis:
Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Louisiana Lucky, by Julie Pennell {ends 8/4}
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.

The plot felt pretty predictable - three sisters win the lottery and are able to make all their dreams come true. But of course for every dream that comes true, they find out how much can go wrong. The classic lesson was more money, more problems. While it was easy to empathize with the sisters, it was also a bit annoying that they didn’t see some of these problems from miles away. If things seem too good to be true, they usually are.

The Louisiana vibe was fun, and the characters were likable and relatable.The writing was also fine, but watching all the good things the girls were trying to do unravel was disheartening. All’s well that ends well, but the middle got a bit tedious. Overall, I’d give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

{click here to pre-order - it will be out on August 4, 2020. Only $11.99 for Kindle!}

Becki Bayley enjoys reading, relaxing and watching her neighborhood hummingbirds. She also posts on Instagram as PoshBecki.

GIVEAWAY:

One of my lucky readers will win a copy of Louisiana Lucky!

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Tuesday, August 4th, at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be notified the next day via email and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen.

U.S. residents only, please.

Good luck!

Louisiana Lucky, by Julie Pennell

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