Money Can’t Buy Love
Grand Central, Jun 27 2011, $24.99
Baltimore Scene magazine photographer Lenora Stone feels like a failure in her personal life especially when she takes pictures of the city’s upper crust, which she wants to join. Instead she is living pay check to pay check pushing off bills due in a condo not much bigger than a closet. Her boyfriend Gerald refuses to move their relationship to a more intimate level and her boss Dawna is on her case to do more starting with her shoot of Ray the landscaper.
Although Lenora knows Dawna meant pictures, she wants to do more personally with the hunk. When Lenora wins $5 million in the Maryland lottery, she believes her luck has changed and she will be the one in the photos. Gerald asks her to marry her and Lenora has an affair with Ray. However, she runs through her winnings in rapid time as she buys a mansion and opens a studio as well as other high-priced luxurious items. While her long time friends worry about Lenora’s changes, she kicks them to the curb seeking the rich and famous.
Although the plot is thin, readers will enjoy Connie Briscoe’s morality tale of a woman who learns the hard way that money cannot buy happiness if one allows the glitter of gold to dump one’s self worth values. Fans will dislike Lenora yet the talent of Ms. Briscoe is by the end, we will roots for the protagonist to discard her greed and regain her self worth. Mindful of pro athletes, fans will agree that Money Can’t Buy Love, but also realize micro economics is a key factor in self esteem and long time relationships.