4 out of 4 stars
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A Pocketful of $20s by Madelaine Lawrence is a fictional novel that centers on the life of Lynn Price, who decides to carry on her mom's tradition of handing out $20 to five people during Christmas. While doing this kind act, her life unknowingly becomes intertwined with the lives of five strangers as she finds herself trying to solve some of their problems. Being friends with an orthopedic surgeon and police detective who helped her solve her recipients' cases, these two men developed feelings for Lynn, but who would she choose?
This is a very absorbing book, I must say. I really admired that Lynn chose to leave her relationship with Alan after realizing they aren’t compatible. We hardly see young ladies do that these days; instead, they try to force it and, in the process, damage their mental health. I think ladies should learn from and emulate what Lynn did. Also, I loved how the relationships of the characters in this novel were developed. The gradual bond Lynn was able to build with her recipients despite them being total strangers at first really added to the beauty of this book. I also liked the fact that the relationship between Peter and Lynn wasn’t rushed, but rather it developed over time.
Furthermore, I never knew that as little as $20 is, it could really change a person's life; this book showed me that. Now I know that the seemingly insignificant amount I usually forget in my purse can be an atom of hope for someone out there, and I am appreciative of this newly found knowledge. Getting to the vocabulary of this book, I appreciate the author's usage of regular grammar. Readers of virtually all levels of learning can read and understand the book perfectly. Lastly, I love that the book is professionally edited because that made my reading a lot more free-flowing; there are just a few errors in there.
One thing I didn’t really enjoy about this book was how poorly developed the love triangle was. I mean, I understand that Alan didn’t have to be in the picture anymore, but I really expected something exciting from both Peter and Stan in winning the heart of Lynn. I wanted something really exciting to look forward to, but the reverse was the case. It all seemed too easy for Peter.
Notwithstanding the slight negatives above, I think it’s fair to rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because the points I noted in the fourth paragraph were purely personal, and some other readers may not share the same view.
I recommend this book to people who are interested in light, easy reads that include drama, comedy, romance, and inspirational acts.
A Pocketful of $20s
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