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Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
It's always a treat living vicariously through someone for whom money is no object, and it's a blast watching Lucy live it up -- especially when her past comes back to haunt her. Although the story is pretty predictable, this shouldn't detract from the overall enjoyment.
On what otherwise would have been the worst day of her life, Lucy Parker wins $87 million in the lottery. Despite her windfall, she's knee-deep in trouble, and her only feasible reprieve is to hide away with her old friend Hayden and wait for life to settle down again.
Hayden helps by offering her family's Palm Beach estate as a temporary safe haven and assists in giving Lucy a glamorous new look. It helps in terms of keeping her identity safe -- to everyone except for ostensible womanizer and new "frenemy" Mal, who says he prefers her old look. Lucy is due for some shocking revelations -- some good and some heartbreaking. (Bantam Discovery, Nov., 385 pp., $12.00)
Reviewed By: Lauren Spielberg
Publisher: Bantam Discovery
Published: November 2008