Monday, February 1, 2016

Review: Liberty and Means: by Kristin Dow


Someone is tracking Shannon Clark, altering the course of her life in a most unexpected, thrilling way. But as the familiar is gradually stripped away, she starts to feel disconnected and doesn’t know who to trust. Family, friends, dating, work...nothing is the same and everything is complicated. Will Shannon learn to embrace her new world filled with golden opportunity or get lost amongst its trappings? She now has the chance to follow her dreams. Trouble is, she doesn’t know what they are.

My Review:

Shannon Clark’s life is about to take a turn in a whole new direction.  She never expected what was about to happen. 

Who would have ever thought the car that has been following Shannon for days would turn out to be the crew from a sweepstakes she entered and she is the winner of ten million dollars.  But with this money comes a whole host of dilemmas for Shannon. 

This quote from the book really gives you something to think about. 
“Does being rich lead to a richer life?  In some ways, I have to say yes.  Absolutely.  But having money doesn’t eliminate problems.  Life shifts to adjust to the conditions. 

Shannon is happy with her job and doesn’t want to quit even though she is now rich.  Her brother who has been missing for years suddenly shows back up in her life and has joined a cult like church which Shannon must try to get him away from.  She recently broke up with her boyfriend and has starting dating one of her brother’s former best friends.  And her mother, who has never been a family woman, is somewhere in the world helping underprivileged people.  What will happen when people find out Shannon is the recipient of a large amount of money?

This story pulled me in from the start.  From well-defined characters to interesting and unusual situations, I couldn’t stop reading.  I enjoyed seeing Shannon transform from a quiet predictable girl to someone who loved life.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for something different to read.