A FAMILY AFFAIR
This novel is alive with intense characters who consciously choose wealth over love: a recipe for bankrupt lives. Billingsley’s phenomenal story is a superb testimony to the adage the grass is not always greener on the other side.
At her mother Lorraine’s deathbed, Olivia learns her father is not only alive, he’s a mega-rich businessman in California. Olivia is determined to find Bernard Wells and hold him accountable for her life of poverty and her unrealized dream of taking dance classes at Juilliard. Bernard is happy to have his daughter back in his life, but not enough to risk the wrath of his heiress wife. Olivia lives to regret allowing him to buy her silence. Trust suffers the biggest casualty. (GALLERY, Aug., 336 pp., $16.00)