After three years of a romance-free marriage and a corresponding 50-pound weight gain, wealthy Rosie Gardener kicks out her no-good husband Kent and vows that this is going to be the first day
of the rest of her life. Then she hits the Wonderball lottery and the rest of her life gets really complicated.
This is standard romance fareRosie embarks on a journey of self-discovery
as she sheds her excess weight and
her demons and falls for her personal
trainer, Jack. Rosie is likeable and
determined, Kent smarmy and grasping, and Jack almost too good to be true.
While Michaels makes it clear that money doesn't buy happiness, she implies that being thin will. Rosie grows tremendously as she throws off the baggage of her emotionally abusive marriage, but it is troubling that Michaels ties Rosie's progress to her weight loss. Such intense focus on her physical appearance undermines the fact that Rosie is a pretty woman no matter what she weighs. (Apr., 329 pp., $24.00)