‘One Broke Girl’ by Rhonda Helms.
(Edgewood Falls #1)
Publication date: April 7th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Anna Parker’s life disintegrates with one phone call. Her dad’s selling their ritzy New York City condo because her Wall Street banker mom emptied their bank account and ran off with another man. Which means Anna has to drop out of her elite college and move with Dad back to their small Ohio hometown. Anna’s determined to reclaim her life ASAP, so she’ll use the next few months to save money, help Dad get back on his feet, and find and confront her mom.
But Anna doesn’t anticipate things going so wrong. The only job she can get is working as a lunch lady in an elementary school. Their money-pit duplex is falling apart around their feet. And her dad is depressed without her mom, who’s proving hard to find.
One bright spot in the chaos is Gavin Metcalf, a kindergarten teacher she dated when they were young teens. With his easy wit and sexy smiles, he makes her forget her stresses—and the fact that her boyfriend Steven back in New York doesn’t know the truth yet about her dire circumstances. When past and present collide, Anna has to decide where her future lies…
Book Review ~ ‘One Broke Girl’ by Rhonda Helms ~ 5 Stars!
If you are looking for a fun, quick read but with meaning and emotion behind every word, then ‘One Broke Girl’ is the book for you.
As soon as I started this book, I connected immediately to the fun, and easy to read writing style, as well as the heroine who I just knew would soon have a very different view on life. Despite having little in common with Anna at the beginning of the book, I liked her immediately as she just seemed like one of those people who’d never experienced anything bad in her life, and was certain in her future. Close minded maybe, but it was a naivety that had me feeling sad for her, because I just knew that it wouldn’t last for long.
What I really loved about this story was the emotion behind it. It was a great fun read, and I laughed out loud at so many parts, as the author just had such a witty writing style that I adored, yet when it came to Anna’s money situation, I really felt for her, and admired the way that she did everything she could to help her dad, and didn’t once complain to him. I could feel her pain at her mother’s betrayal to both her and her father, and it made me really admire her as a character for taking charge and trying to make the best of her situation.
Even though this book is short, it was paced perfectly, and I really felt the character and story development grew at a natural, unhurried pace. Anna was a very real character, and I loved Gavin’s introduction to the story and how he was a huge part in helping Anna appreciate pleasure in the little things in life, and not in their expense. I liked the gradual progression of Anna’s realisation that she could be happy where she was, and I loved how honest she was with Gavin about having a boyfriend back home. I admired her for wanting to do the right thing, and it really was brilliant to see her become a better person throughout the course of the story.
This really was a lovely story and I can’t wait to read more in the Edgewood Falls Series.
Review copy was kindly provided by the author through Xpresso Book Tours Review Opportunity in exchange for an honest review.