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A Small Fortune

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Book Description  When Celia Donnelly’s husband, Jonathon, surprises her with a family vacation to Mexico, the harried book editor couldn't be happier. She is overworked and exhausted, a situation that has taken a toll on her eighteen-year … see full wiki

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A Little Goldmine

  • Jun 6, 2011
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+3
Don't be fooled by the cover of Audrey Braun's new thriller entitled "A Small Fortune." The arms-akimbo woman standing atop the Swiss cross suggests a protagonist who has it all while main character Celia Donnelly has anything but. Not that she is poor in the literal sense of the word. Married to a bank president, she may struggle to be the understanding mom of a teenaged son but she doesn't need much in terms of feathering her financial nest.

What Celia wants more than anything else in the world is to be passionately loved and cherished. Her marriage seems incomplete, so much so that years earlier after participating in a steamy affair, she contemplates leaving her husband Jonathon. It is only his plea for her to keep their family intact that triggers her guilt and buries her in an interminable routine with little rewards.

Surprised by Jonathon's desire to refuel their relationship with a vacation in Mexico, Celia finds herself bikini-clad, soaking-up-the-sun and glimpsing at the eye candy provided by the handsome groundskeeper at their holiday condo. Participating in some innocent flirting, she happily sees herself again as a desirable woman. However, she is unprepared for what comes next. Before she knows what is happening, the stud muffin gardener lures her into a car by telling her that her son has had an accident and every tourist's nightmare of abduction plays out with dire consequences.

With a deft first person narrative, Braun leads her Celia through one brutal revelation after another that takes her character through the literal jungle of Mexico into the tangled jungle of her own mind as she attempts to puzzle out what is happening to her and why. Climaxing in the banking city of Zurich, "A Small Fortune" delivers a fast-paced read that once begun, is almost impossible to put down.

Celia's voice conveys a strength and sensitivity that will grab most readers from the get-go and hold onto them as they careen towards the final chapters and finally understand the full scope of Celia's "fortune."

As romantic lagniappe, the handsome Benicio provides a dream male counterpart who more than compensates for any past setbacks.

Bottom line? "A Small Fortune" is a little goldmine of a read. Engaging the reader quickly, this thriller will keep you reading all night. Keep in mind the genre: improbable moments abound, but the overall effect is pure entertainment on a consistent level. Recommended as a good book to pack for a beach vacation to Mexico.
Diana Faillace Von Behren
"reneofc"

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